Tinmouth, who was the first woman to compete in the British Superbike series, has had trouble finding competitive settings on her bike this year. Tinmouth failed to qualify during the opening rounds of the BSB series, but did manage to make her historic debut at Croft last weekend.
“We had a lot of problems with the bike and it hasn’t worked out,” Timmouth said. “It’s not a decision I’ve taken lightly but things have not gone as I expected. We didn’t get enough testing in at the start of the season and the problems have been continuous.”
Tinmouth, who took third in the British Supersport series last year, says that she will try to compete in the BSB again in the near future.
“I always intended it to be a learning year but I went into British Superbikes to race and I just didn’t get the opportunity to show what I could do,” Tinmouth said. “I felt that the best thing for both me and the team was for me to leave and get some track time.
“I want to take the positives out of the whole experience and I am proud that I was the first woman to race in Superbikes. It’s definitely something that I am aiming to return to as soon as possible. I felt at home in Superbikes, it wasn’t a monumental step up from the level I was at previously. I know that I’m good enough to compete but in order to do that I need to race as it’s what I love to do.
“I’ll take stock, get back on the bike and hopefully have a shot at the Superbikes in the not too distant future.”
Tinmouth will be replaced by American Mark Miller for the next round of the British Superbike series at Thruxton.
“Jenny has been fantastic to work with and we are all sorry that things haven’t worked out as we had hoped. Mark is a very experienced rider and we are delighted he is joining the team,” said Splitlath team Manager John Dimbylow.
Tinmouth, who made history in 2010 by bcoming the fastest woman at the Isle of Man, will also be sitting out of the TT this year.
“I will not be competing at the TT but it will give me the chance to get a new perspective on the event and to recharge,” Tinmouth said.
Courtesy of AllAboutBikes.com