Maria Costello with her Triumph Daytona 675

Maria Costello with her Triumph Daytona 675

 

Race Triumph for Costello

By MCN Sports Desk -

 10 January 2008 16:40

Maria Costello will race a Triumph Daytona 675 in the major road races this year as well as competing in the Triumph Triple Challenge on a machine provided by Philip Youles Motorcycles of Blackburn.

Not your average biker, Maria holds the lap record as the fastest woman to race the 37.73 mile Isle of Man TT course, an achievement that earned her a place in the book of Guinness World Records. She is also an ambassador for the RideSafe BackSafe initiative supporting safe riding on public roads.

Maria will be competing in the televised 2008 Triumph Triple Challenge series at MRO race meetings across the UK but will also compete in the main International Road Races in Ireland and on the Isle of Man TT course, on both her Triumph Daytona 675 and her existing Bering Honda RVF400.

In 2005 Maria took third place in the Ultra Lightweight Manx GP, becoming the first female solo racer to ever stand on the podium in Isle of Man racing history, and intends on getting on the top step in 2008.

She said: "I feel very honoured to be the first racer Philip Youles has sponsored and I'm very excited about the backing that I am receiving from Triumph.  It’s great to be on a British bike and, along with my new-found fitness and renewed determination, I'm aiming for a great 2008.”

Triumph Triple Challenge:
Donington
22-23 March
Cadwell 26-27 April
Brands GP 10-11 May
Silverstone 24-25 May
Cadwell 28-29 June
Brands Indy 19-20 July
Oulton 15-16 August
Snetterton 13-14 September
Brands Indy 27-28 September
All dates are provisional