Ladies out to impress at Armoy

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The Armoy road races is set to show a changing face of road racing this weekend, as no fewer than six women line up on the grid for the Northern Irish races, with a strong entry led by past top ten finisher Maria Costello.

Costello will be riding her Kawasaki ER6 in the supertwin class, but will be joined by Verionika Hankocy, who is set to travel from the Czech Republic to race the fast and technical County Antrim circuit for the first time.

Hankocy will also line up in the Junior Support class, where she will be joined by Sixmilebridge rider Suzanne Douglas, while York’s Sarah Boyes and local racer Melissa Kennedy will also race in the 125GP/Moto3 class. Veteran racer Yvonne Montgomery completes the lineup in the 400cc race on her Kawasaki ZXR.

Bill Kennedy, Clerk of the Course, said, “It’s great to see female riders in the pack. This is a sport for everyone and we are really looking forward to seeing what this weekend at Armoy brings for all of the road racers.
“At this stage of the week we are working really hard to get the course set up, keeping one eye on the weather and just putting the finishing touches to the course. By Thursday evening and Friday morning we’ll be waiting on all the road racers and their teams to descend on us and then, regardless of male, female, young or young at heart it’ll all be down to some good and safe racing.
“I wish all our six female competitors a great two days’ racing and may they give the rest of them a run for their money.”

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Simon Patterson

By Simon Patterson

MotoGP and road racing reporter, photographer, videographer