As we all know, the majority of professional sports are not only dominated by men but are men-only. If there is one of the major sports on which the seal has been broken, though, it would be racing.
Those who are into betting online have seen Danica Patrick make some waves – be it in IndyCar or NASCAR – and Katherine Legge make noise in ChampCar, and now we’ve had yet another breakthrough on British Superbike.
31-year-old Jenny Tinmouth is the first female to land a ride on a British Superbike, which is definitely a noteworthy feat.
She’s a mechanic who runs her centre named Two Wheel Workshop in Ellesmere Port and now she’ll be known for much more. She’s been given a slot with the Splitlath team and will make her debut shortly.
Racing isn’t something new to Tinmouth; as a matter of fact, it’s something she’s been around since her young schooldays. Her cousins used to race cars and she was drawn to the speed as well.
Specifically to professional motorsport, she’s not as new to it as you might think. She started back in 2003 and has been working her way up to the national level ever since. Back then, she raced in the British 125GP Championship and she won a British Supersport Cup and finished third in the Championship last season. More importantly, she has already proved to be consistently fast at every level.
She has already made motorcycle racing history by becoming the fastest woman around the Isle of Man TT circuit, lapping at an average of almost 120mph.
It will probably help her garner attention that she’s a very attractive woman – at least from a marketing perspective. As we’ve seen in the case of Patrick, she’s just an attention grabber regardless of whether she wins or lose. She’s very competitive but casual fans always want to know how she’s doing.
The same might turn out to be true for Tinmouth, who is a tall, slender blonde.
She still has plenty of time to work out the kinks – if there are any – prior to her debut. The MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship season opener is on Easter weekend, from April 22-25 at Brands Hatch. She’ll partner with Hudson Kennaugh.
Expect some extra eyes to be drawn to the sport when she’s ready for live action. It’s just another great storyline for British Superbike as the 2011 season is set to get underway shortly.