Jenny Tinmouth bounced back from a first lap crash and gave huge credit to her mechanics for getting the bike fixed for the afternoon session.

The UK's highest profile female two-wheel racer has stepped up to the works Honda squad for the new MCE British Superbike season and suffered a nightmare start to round one at Donington Park when she crashed at Redgate on her first outlap in free practice one.

Tinmouth says she was shocked by the crash and blamed the cold track conditions for the off.

"Today was an education. I was gutted [about the crash] because it was so unexpected," Tinmouth said. "I've raced here before when there has been snow on the side of the track so I know you need to take it slow on the cold track.

"This morning was a bit unfortunate on such a cold track and I ended up going straight off. I closed the throttle for the corner and tipped in and went straight off.

"The damage wasn't mega bad but it was bad enough because I did a full high side. I feel fine as I landed on my backside. It's always good to get one crash out the way."

Her misfortune was compounded when the damage sustained to her Honda CBR1000RR forced her to sit out the whole of free practice one, losing valuable track time on her rivals.

"I felt so bad for my team because they had to put my bike back together again but they've been brilliant to get out this afternoon," she added.

Tinmouth eventually got some solid running in the afternoon, notching up the joint-third most laps of any rider in the session. The Honda Racing rider's quickest time of the day was a 1m 34.975s, 4.8 seconds off the pace setter Ryuichi Kiyonari.

"This afternoon was fine and it was good to get some consistency and some good laps under my belt. I did three planned sessions in the afternoon, two seven-lap stints then a quick flurry at the end. It was great to find some consistency."



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