British racer Maria Costello has been appointed as the rider mentor for FIM Europe’s new Women’s European Cup. The championship will run alongside the PATA European Junior Cup at the European rounds of the World Superbike championship, on one-make Honda CBR650 machines.
Costello, who is a member of the FIM Women in Motorcycling commission, is looking forward to embracing her new role mentoring the 14 to 23 year olds in the series, which kicks off at Motorland Aragon in April.
“This class is very important because of how it will help young female racers progress in the sport. I’m really pleased to be asked to be their mentor and I look forward to working with all the participants, both at the forthcoming training camp in April and throughout the season.”
Nita Korhonen, Director of FIM Women in Motorcycling Commission, added: “When we started our Road Racing project, less than two years ago, we had no idea that so many improvements would happen for female riders so soon.”
“The creation of FIM Europe Women's Europen Cup raises the profile of women in the sport whilst allowing the riders to compete on equal terms with the young men and that naturally is our main aim. Our commission is extremely pleased to be part of this great series.”
Aside form her work with the EWC, Costello will also ride for Ice Valley Racing BMW at the North West 200, Isle of Man TT and Ulster Grand Prix.