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All-woman endurance team aims to kick some TT Legend butt

By Guy Proctor -

 04 March 2011 09:47

Four of the world’s most successful female racers will join forces to field a BSB-crew-supported S1000RR in this year’s World Endurance championship.

Team Weronica will be the first all-woman team to enter the series and they’ll go go head-to-head against some of the world’s hardest riders, including TT legends John McGuinness, Steve Plater and Cameron Donald.

American Melissa Paris, Italian Paola Cazola and Guatemalan Vania Medrano will ride with German Nina Prinz in reserve.

Weronica Sporting Director (and boss of www.motodex.eu) Tony Dexter says he’s staffed the girls’ crew with ex-BSB engineers and his riders will expect no quarter: “This team has a staggering depth and breadth of talent and I've no doubt we'll be surprising quite a lot of established teams and riders.”

To add to the team’s claims to uniqueness they’ll also be running purely on environmentally-friendly biofuel, supplied by team sponsor Euro-Pacific Fuels Tech Corporation.

The riders

Melissa Paris - first woman to qualify for a World Supersport race, married to Josh Hayes (reigning AMA Superbike champ), highest female finisher in the history of the Daytona 200.

Melissa says: “I love that I’ve got an opportunity to come race in Europe, it’s a dream come true! My husband has raced World Endurance once or twice with the Maco Moto team and he said the series is amazing.”

Vania Medrano - top motocrosser competing against men and in recent years top female rider in Superbikes in South America.

Vania says: “I'm so happy and grateful to be racing in the same team as great international pilots, and I'm really proud of representing Latin American women in the world championship among men. It's amazing to know that we can make history in motorcycling world.”

Paola Cazzola - first woman to be invited to test a MotoGP bike

Nina Prinz - reigning German Supersport Champion.