TTXGP UK round 3 at Pembrey – Click above for high-res image gallery
While the North American TTXGP championship may have wrapped up for 2010, the UK edition is still in full swing with the third of four races just having been decided. As in the previous round, Jenny Tinmouth came out on top at Pembrey Circuit after some serious battling and now leads in overall points.
The weekend started out wet, and with many bikes also suffering technical difficulties, qualifying was a dicey proposition. In fact, Tinmouth's Agni teammate and possibly fiercest competitor, Rob Moon, had to start from the back of the pack while Jenny managed to grab the 2nd grid spot with only six laps on wet tires. ManTTX Racing's James McBride took pole position after putting in some impressive laps and a qualifying time only seven seconds slower than the fastest Yamaha R1 present for a "Power Bikes" race.
With the sun shining strong, the race started with Pete Ward and Annie Seel mounted on Mavizens reaching turn one first. Though Seel soon succumbed to other riders, the Team Hussars machine stayed out in front until McBride eventually snatched it away and started opening a significant gap with the rest of the field. It was then Jenny's turn to challenge Ward and the two battled hard, trading positions until finally Tinmouth got the better of him and set her sights on the lead. For his part, Ward soon found himself being challenged by Moon on the other Agni who also passed him up, but he fought back and managed to stay ahead until the end.
This would have been the finishing order, but ManTTX Racing had certain victory snatched from its teeth. Despite winning the Green Insurance Award for the fastest lap – almost three seconds faster than his top qualifying time – the electric pride of the Isle of Man began to lose speed and gave up all three steps on the podium before limping across the finish line.
The teams now have a good stretch to work out bugs and further improve performance with the final and deciding race scheduled for the first weekend in October at Brands Hatch.
[Source: TTXGP | Images: TTXGP]