Jenny Tinmouth Motorbike Racer - Fastest Woman On Two Wheels
When asked what her ambition in life is, competitive motorbike racer Jenny Tinmouth answers: "To make the most of it!" Since 1999 at the age of 20, that's exactly what she's been doing. And she's been doing it at top speed.
In 1999, at the beginning of her racing career, on a 1992 Honda RS 125 competition bike, Jenny scored her first victory in a 125 race at a club meeting on the Anglesey race circuit.
Between 2000-2002 at both Club and National levels, despite a crash in which she broke both her wrists, Jenny scored several victories and many podium finishes. In 2003, running as a privateer, Jenny became the first woman to enter the British 125gp Championship. In August of that year she was involved in a four-man crash, breaking her right collarbone, her left arm and right ankle, which ruled her out for the remainder of the season.
Despite dislocating her collarbone at both ends in mid-season, 2004 was a landmark year for Jenny. She became the first female to lead a British Championship race, the first female to score British Championship points, and despite missing several races due to her dislocated collarbone, gained eight podiums, including three wins, three 2nd places and three 3rd at club level.
Due to a severe lack of funds, 2005 was an extremely difficult year. Just to get by, Jenny was forced to use scrapped tires and secondhand engine parts, yet she managed to make it to each round and complete the season. A similarly rough year followed, but despite the difficulties, Jenny earned two 1st places and two 3rd.
In 2007, Jenny's fifth season of British 125gp Racing, she became the first ever female to race a Superbike at Mallory Park's 'Race of the Year'. The following year, still running as a privateer, Jenny became the first female to enter the British Supersport Cup Championship. She also competed in the UK's first Ladies Only races which she won, two Hottrax endurance events, and six Thundersport Supersport 600 races.
Continuing her string of 'firsts for women in the sport', 2009 saw Jenny compete for a full season in the British Supersport Cup Championship with a best result of a 3rd in the 'Cup' at Croft, becoming the first female to stand on the podium at a British Championship race meeting. That same year, competing for the first time at the legendary Isle of Man TT, Jenny earned a spot in the Guinness World Records for completing the fastest ever lap by a woman on the 60.75 km (37.73 miles) Isle of Man TT Course in 19 min 22 sec at an average speed of 153.02 km/hr (116.83 mph) on June 12, 2009.
More 'firsts' followed in the years 2010-2011, with Jenny becoming the first British female to race in a World Supersport Race, she won a British Supersport Cup race at Silverstone, was the winner of the first ever Zero Emissions UK Championship, and the first female to race in the British Superbike Championship, for which she gained another Guinness World record.
At 5ft 8in tall, the slim blonde native of Ellesmere Port, England could easily pass for a fashion model, but it's the winner's podium of the motorbike race world, on which she has stood 45 times, that she prefers.
With numerous 'firsts' and 18 wins to her credit already in her short career, it is a sure bet she'll be standing on that podium many more times in the future.