For more than a century now Isle of Man TT has been the proving ground for the maddest, bravest and probably the most talented breed of men who ride motorcycles, in the world. Considered to be the most dangerous race in the world, the TT has witnessed few of the most spectacular racing moments in the motorsports history. Unfortunately, the TT has also seen riders making the ultimate sacrifice with more than 200 recorded rider deaths in the Isle of Man TT since 1910. All this would make you believe that the TT is the stereotypical arena for Men only, but you could not be farther than truth here, the Isle has seen a number of women riders throughout its history and they have never been shy of riding at the TT like one should. Motorcycle riding, is a passion that gives the riders a way of life, and both men and women are equal.
Jennifer Rosanne Tinmouth, popularly known as Jenny Tinmouth is one of the ladies who make the TT and the other motorcycle racing events even more special. The British rider has a history of breaking records, and making them and then breaking them. With a staggeringly large amount of 'First Women' tags attached to her name she has deservedly marked her own territory in the space owned by one of the greatest motorcycle racers of all time. A Pioneer, a Dreamer and an Achiever, this 35 year old Brit rider has it all in her.
Jenny rose to fame when she broke the record for the fastest lap time by any female rider at TT when she participated in her first ever TT back in 2009 and gaining a Guinness World Record for this achievement. She then re-broke the record during her second TT in 2010 taking the record to an average lap speed of 119.945 mph and receiving another Guinness World Record in the process. This is not the only record Jenny has made, in fact she is also the first and only female competing in the British Superbike Championship, for which she received yet another Guinness World Record. She ran her own team, Two Wheel Racing, with the support of Manx Glass & Glazing Ltd, in the British Superbike Championship for 2013. She was the first female to enter and qualify to race in the British 125GP championship, the British Supersport and Supersport Cup Championships and the British Championship. She is the first female to lead and score points in a British Championship Race, the first to stand on the podium and the first to win a British Championship Race with a win in the Supersport Cup at Silverstone in 2010. She completed the 2010 championship with the most points and in previous years would have won the championship outright but with the new 2010 rules she was placed 3rd overall, the highest championship finishing place for a female competitor.
Jenny is the first British female to race in World Supersport and the first to race a full-blown superbike when she was invited to race for Rizla Suzuki in 2007 as a team mate to current MotoGP star Cal Crutchlow. In 2011 she began racing a superbike full-time, entering the British Superbike Championship and racing for the Splitlath Motorsport Team. Jenny began her own British Superbike Team – Two Wheel Racing – in 2011, running under the name of her main sponsors Hardinge and Sorrymate.com, making her the first ever female British Superbike Team owner. Back in 2011, Jenny talked about how the then 32 year old lived with her parents, could not afford new clothes and had no time to have a boyfriend. She had only one target and it was to make all her sacrifices worthwhile and she did just that, when she made history as the first woman to ride in the MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship. All her money had gone into her dream of joining her heroes on the grid. When she started racing aged 21 she had no appreciation of the cost of racing, not realising the top teams have £1million budgets.
In one of the interviews back in 2011 she had said "I thought all I needed was a bike and I was ready to go out there and win every race I could enter,' she said. 'I bought some Fifties leathers for £50 from a friend at college, my helmet cost £40 and I had some dodgy boots. Every penny I've earned has gone into it. I've not been able to buy myself clothes. I haven't had a car and I still live at home.' Tinmouth, the fastest woman to go round the Isle of Man TT course, had said that she struggled to find backing and built her career 'on a wing and a prayer'. Dirt and grease have never been an issue for Tinmouth, who runs a motorbike workshop in Ellesmere Port to help finance her career. Nor is she worried about the sport's inherent danger, despite breaking both wrists in one crash and being left with a broken ankle and collarbone from another. She even insisted: 'Every now and then you have to have a crash, otherwise you start building up a fear towards it. The only thing that is a worry is the amount of time it takes to heal.
Her passion for the sport came from her parents, Jean and Jim, who both rode motorbikes. Tinmouth was born in Chester, so Oulton Park racetrack was just up the road. She recalled: 'I would go and peer over the wall to see what was on. Later, mum and I used to go and watch touring cars and British Superbikes up there. Despite competing in a male-dominated sport, she said, she never heard any criticism from rivals. 'If there was any, I don't know about it,' she said. 'My target is to win, but the team have been fantastic and told me to lower my expectations. We're going to learn as a team to develop the bike and improve round by round. If we're last at the first race, we'll work hard not to be last at the next one and pick our way up the grid".
Jenny also won the first ever UK Electric Bike Racing (TTXgp) Championship in 2010 as well as finishing 3rd in the World Electric bike Racing Championship in the same year aboard her Agni Z2 and finished fourth in the TT Zero race during the 2010 Isle of Man TT. Jenny has achieved many accolades along with her Guinness World Records. In 2012 she received The Women's International Film and Television Showcase International Visionary Awards 'IT Girl' award presented in Los Angeles for her commitment and dedication to her sport, citing her as an inspiration to women across the spectrum of all ages around the world. She also received the most Meritorious Performance by a Solo Newcomer Award at the TT in 2009 and the Susan Jenness Trophy in both 2009 and 2010 for the Most Meritorious Performance by a female competitor at the TT and has received two 'Your Champions' Sporting awards.
In the latest developments in her racing career, Jenny Tinmouth, is set to be rewarded for her privateer efforts with a full-factory Honda seat in the MCE British Superbike Championship for 2015. Tinmouth will join Dan Linfoot and Jason O’Halloran as a fully-fledged member of the series’ only factory-backed team. Tinmouth has been a loyal Honda rider for years, while struggling to get her bike on the grid. Working in a team of two with her business partner, she’s also managed to hold down a busy motorcycle workshop business while doing all her own race bike spannering. Speaking after the announcement, the Chester native said: "I'm absolutely over the moon and cannot believe I'm riding for Honda Racing in the British Superbike Championship. The offer was totally unexpected. I went for a meeting with Nick (Campolucci) to discuss the season and had a few cheeky questions I wanted to ask about Honda helping me out with bikes, and when the offer came I couldn't believe what I was being asked. I went into the meeting thinking it would just be some help and came out as a full-time Honda rider. It's always been my ultimate dream to ride for the team and to have the opportunity this year is just amazing. I’m riding the Honda BSB bike for the first time during a team test in March and I can't wait."
We at Bikeportal, salute Jenny Tinmouths sheer passion towards motorcycle racing and give our best wishes to her. Her incredible dedication towards her goals and fighting for her place among the race circuits dominated by men speaks volumes about her indestructible will and inner strength. Jenny Tinmouth sets an example for women throughout the world that nothing is impossible for them, they are equal to men in every regard and then better in some.
List of Achievements - Jenny Tinmouth:
1. 2009 - Guinness Book Record Holder for Fastest Female Rider Lap at Isle of Man TT.
2. 2010 - Guinness Book Record for breaking her own lap record at Isle of Man TT.
3. 2011 - Guinness Book Record for First Female to Compete at British Superbike Championship
4. First female to enter and qualify to race in the British 125GP championship.
5. First female to enter and qualify to race in the British Supersport.
6. First female to enter and qualify to race in the British Supersport Cup.
7. First female to enter and qualify to race in the British Championship.
8. First female to lead and score points in a British Championship Race.
9. First female to stand on the podium in a British Championship Race.
10. First female to win a British Championship Race in 2010.
11. first British female to race in World Supersport.
12. Winner of the first ever UK Electric Bike Racing (TTXgp) Championship in 2010.
13. The Women's International Film and Television Showcase International Visionary Awards 'IT Girl' award for commitment and dedication to her sport, citing her as an inspiration to women across the spectrum of all ages around the world.
14. The most Meritorious Performance by a Solo Newcomer Award at the TT in 2009.
15. The Susan Jenness Trophy in both 2009 and 2010 for the Most Meritorious Performance by a female competitor at the TT.
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