BSB » Tinmouth makes history as first lady of BSB


The TT's female record-holder Jenny Tinmouth is no stranger to breaking down boundaries, but in 2011 she will achieve her finest breakthrough yet - by becoming the first woman ever to compete in the British Superbike Championship with Splitlath Motorsport

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Jon

February 03, 2011 10:15 AM

This is now 'postive discrimination'.
Yes, she has more talent than probably most people posting on here, but she has got this ride for her personality and gender- not ability.

People are so quick to moan that Spanish riders get GP slots, or have a go at Karol Abraham for 'buying his ride' but are full of nothing but encouragement for Jenny.
Fair play for the best wishes, but hand on heart, why should Jenny get a BSB ride when the likes of Guy Martin, John McGuiness etc etc don't?
120mph around the island is fast, but 130mph is better!
There will always be politics in sport, I understand this, but let's take it with a pinch of salt.

(Oh, she's lighter than the other riders too... ..and according to forum gospel this is why Pedrosa is so fast. Let's see if that theory holds out.)

Docrichie - Unregistered

February 03, 2011 10:36 AM

It's a fast dangerous sport for sure, but it's also about selling bikes, sponsor exposure for products and we're part of the entertainment industry. Without any of these there wouldn't be a professional sport at all. So not all teams can be Man U. but we others don't pack up our kit and go home, we follow 'our' team through thick and thin.
We need all sorts out there to make the racing more entertaining and plain interesting. Jenny has proved she's not dangerous for long enough and deserves her chance to bring some much needed variety to the grid.

Brilliant! My good lady and me are rooting for you Jen.

mar - Unregistered

February 03, 2011 10:51 AM

good look to her and hope she does well. but lets be honest know matter how much i would like to se her at the sharp end i carnt se it. she is sponsor friendly but hasnt done enough for this ride. could be a very diificult year for her! but fair play you are playing the game well.

GuzziHero

February 03, 2011 10:54 AM

I see your point, Jon... and at least you have vocalised it in a non chest-beaty "WOOMAN IN MAN SPORT BAAAAD" way!

But when she says "Made a deal" to compete that probably means sponsorship and image that keeps a team alive, something which happens at every level of every sport. Who'd have ever thought in the 70's that we would see sponsor logos on tennis players' shirts?

Just look at the losses some Premiere League football teams have recently announced - they'd be even deeper in the mire without sponsorship. So yes, there is probably a degree of 'money talks, bull**** walks' in this.

On the other hand, she is a very capable and skilled racer. There are plenty other riders not of her standard in BSB and BSS, not to mention WSBK, that are there through more money and less talent than Jenny.

Maybe it will work out, maybe it will not, but at least she is giving it a try!

fair play - Unregistered

February 03, 2011 11:51 AM

"On the other hand, she is a very capable and skilled racer. There are plenty other riders not of her standard in BSB and BSS, not to mention WSBK, that are there through more money and less talent than Jenny."

Very fair comment sir, she is a very good racer who has worked her way up through the ranks and served her time.

Not like shes wallowing around half a dozen seconds off the pace and just got the ride as the "token female" like some are suggesting.

Jon

February 03, 2011 2:04 PM

E Port, this is the public domain and loose talk costs lives.
I don't think it's at all fair or right start rumours about someone.
Sexist? I prefer racist- I'll race anybody!

In all seriousness there is some awful bitterness in this place.
I'm not interested in subjective comments about peoples personality traits or what they do in their spare time, just how well they can ride a motorbike.

Cams - Unregistered

February 03, 2011 2:48 PM

EPort.

You have obviously never met HK because he is not like that at all. Speak to his beautiful girlfriend and she will tell you he isn't the character you are making out.

I know the teams media lady and she hasnt a bad word to say about him - believe me she would if he was this sexist you say.

Good luck to Jenny. who cares if she was signed for ability or sponsor value, someone has taken the chance and I hope it pays off for everyone in Splitlath Aprila.

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