April 24, 2011. British racer Jenny Tinmouth’s historic debut in the MCE Insurance British Superbike (BSB) Championship has been put on hold after a parts issue at Brands Hatch on Friday, sponsor Splitlath Motorsport announced on April 23. The Easter weekend race was supposed to mark Tinmouth’s entry as the first-ever female on the BSB circuit.
Jenny Tinmouth said last week, “I’m very excited and I just can’t wait to get out on the bike. It’s been a long off-season and I’m looking forward to finally getting going.”
But during test runs on Friday, there were as-yet unnamed technical issues with Tinmouth’s #100 motorcycle, which led to the team’s decision to pull the bike from competition. They’ve shifted focus to getting the Aprilia RSV4 ready or the next round of races at Oulton Park — Tinmouth’s home round — the weekend of April 30.
Splitlath Motorsports Team Manager John Dimbylow said: “We are all very disappointed to be in this situation today, especially since so much hard work has gone in from the team and Aprilia Racing.
“But we feel the best thing to do here is to concentrate on next weekend instead. Oulton Park is her home round, so it could be quite fitting that she makes her BSB debut there. It’s a shame and bitterly disappointing for everyone involved, but we need to stay positive and look ahead to next week instead.”
Teammate Hudson Kennaugh raced as planned on Saturday, qualifying in the 29th spot.
Courtesy of AllAboutBikes.com