Honda bosses back Tinmouth for BSB success

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Jenny Tinmouth will be an upset to the order in the 2015 MCE British Superbike championship when she makes her debut as part of the Honda Racing squad. That’s the view of team boss Havier Beltran, who says that she’s not just there to make up the numbers.

"This is a fantastic opportunity for Jenny being part of the Honda Racing team, alongside Dan and Jason. She's been on Hondas for a couple of years now running her own team. This year will be a huge learning curve, getting used to the team and the bike, but will also really push her in the series and hopefully generate some good results.”

“It will also be a learning curve for us, but we're excited for the challenge. We've been aware of Jenny for a while now, not only being the only female in the BSB series but also her successes at the Isle of Man and can't wait to see her on the bike at the first test in March."

Nick Campolucci, head of Motorcycles at Honda UK and the man behind the deal, was quick to agree, reiterating that Tinmouth has made the team on merit and not because of her gender.

"There'll be a focus on Jenny because she's a female racer, of course. After all, she's the first and only woman rider to compete in British Superbikes. But she's a proven competitor and current Isle of Man TT lap record holder. Jenny joins the team on merit and we are very pleased that we have the opportunity to work with her.”

“Honda has served up a number of firsts when it comes to broadening the representation of women in motorsport and Jenny is the latest female member of the Honda Racing family. She joins British motocross sensation Natalie Kane and Laia Sanz who achieved the highest ever placing in this year's Dakar Rally, by a female rider, finishing ninth overall in this year's race."

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Simon Patterson

By Simon Patterson

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