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Tinmouth, O'Halloran, and Linfoot remain with Honda for 2016 MCE BSB

Monday, November 30 2015

The MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship's first lady Jenny Tinmouth will be back on the Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade next season as she returns with Honda Racing for her 2016 campaign, alongside Australian Jason O'Halloran, and Dan Linfoot.

Tinmouth has been working her way through the ranks of the support classes before becoming the first female rider to join the MCE BSB grid and score a championship point. Last season the Ellesmere Port-based contender continued to improve her pace throughout the championship events and is keen to build on those foundations into the second consecutive season with the title-winning team.

Tinmouth said: "I'm over the moon to be part of the Honda Racing team for a second year; it was a dream come true when I was asked to join last year and to be back for next year is just mega! This year I got to know the Fireblade, the team and we collected a lot of good data, so we can go into the next season with most of the hard work done and just get cracking. It's really good to also have Dan and Jason in the team again; they have been great to have in the garage and always offering help and support. I can't wait now until our testing starts in March; I'm counting down the days!"

O'Halloran believes he is in the strongest position he has ever been as he returns with Honda Racing for the 2016 MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship season after missing out this year through injury.

The 27-year-old continues his recovery ahead of his sixth season with Honda and his second in the Superbike category, having previously competed for the manufacturer in the British Supersport and National Superstock 1000 Championships. O'Halloran had been holding a position inside the top six in the standings including a double podium finish at Snetterton before his crash at Thruxton left him sidelined with a broken femur and left hand.

O'Halloran said: "I'm really pleased to be staying with Honda, in what will be my sixth year with them. To have their support after my injury and missing the second half of the season has kept me going and makes me just want to come back stronger than ever. When I got injured I was lying fifth in the championship, finding my feet and felt like I could have secured a place in the Showdown, so it was a huge blow to myself and the team that I was forced to pull out. It's been a tough few months recovering from the injuries, but these things either make or break you and I am probably stronger now than I have ever been, and can't wait to get back on my Fireblade for testing in the New Year.

"I think going into 2016 we're in a better position than we were this year, we learnt a lot during the first few rounds and I think we can have a strong championship and the Showdown is obviously the aim and once you are there anything is possible. We have seen that before in previous years. We have a great package with the bike and the team so I see no reason why we can't be challenging for podiums from the start and we have as much of a shot as everyone else."

Linfoot will return as part of Honda Racing's three-strong rider line-up in the 2016 MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship, bidding to climb the ranks in his second season with the Louth-based team.

Linfoot qualified for the Showdown in his debut season with the title-winning team, ending the championship in fifth place. The Yorkshireman had a dream start to his season with a podium finish at Donington Park, before a crash during practice at Brands Hatch left him with a broken wrist and subsequently missed two rounds. On his return Linfoot celebrated a further three podium finishes before the end of the season.

Linfoot said: "I am really excited to be staying with Honda Racing next season and the continuity into 2016 is what I needed and I think we can really build on 2015. We should have some improvements for next year and we can hit the ground running in pre-season testing so we can keep pushing on forward. Over the past two seasons we have finished fifth overall in the standings, and last year that included missing some races through injury, so we really want to be fighting for more next year. I think we should be fighting for the top three in the standings, that is my goal and my obvious focus is to be scoring podiums immediately at the start of the season and keep consistent to get into the Showdown.

"I have definitely got areas that I can improve on myself next season and I have already learnt a lot from last season that should mean I can have a strong start to the championship. I think in the past I have been more of a Sunday man, but I need to be pushing to be near the front for practice and qualifying as that will mean I can be in a better position for the races. I want to be fighting for those podiums and we proved we could do it last season, so we need to take what we learnt last season and come back stronger.

"I think we are in a good position for the start of next year's championship because we have a great testing schedule planned and we have the consistency of a second season working together as a team, particularly when there are a lot of changes for riders and teams over the winter. I want to be in a position to step up next year and I think myself and the Honda Racing team will be able to work together to achieve that."