Maria Costello to Contest R6 at IOMTT

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2012 Isle of Man TT

Maria Costello will ride the Cookstown/BE Racing team Supersport machine at the 2012 Isle of Man TT fuelled by Monster Energy.

The Northamptonshire racer has been selected to take over the Yamaha R6 John Burrows had planned to ride. Irish SuperTwins Champion Burrows has been handed the Moira Motorcycle Racing Club Honda CBR600 RR for the two Monster Energy Supersport races at the TT, meaning his R6 is free.

Instead of leaving it idle in the garage, the team has asked Costello to race it at the TT and other selected events.

John Burrows says: “After Maria found out my R6 was available she made contact with me and after discussions I was delighted to welcome her to the Cookstown/BE Racing team. Maria will ride the Yamaha at the Cookstown 100, the Isle of Man TT and selected other national events after the TT.

“Before hitting the roads, Maria will get the chance to test the machine at Kirkistown. Maria is a very professional and fast rider and I’m certain she will be an asset to the team. It would have been a shame if the R6 had to sit and gather dust this season, it will be great to see it in action. I’m confident Maria will get some decent results on it and I’m sure her appearances on it will bring all my sponsors some extra exposure. It’s a win-win-win situation. It is sizzling news as the team enters its second year with sausage producers Cookstown as title sponsor.”

Costello, 38, is the second fastest women ever around the Mountain Circuit, her fastest lap of 114.73mph bettered on by Jenny Tinmouth.

In addition to the Cookstown/BE Yamaha R6, Costello will have a Pr1mo Kawasaki ZX10R and a 650cc Kawasaki for the 2012 TT.

Maria Costello says: “Joining Cookstown/BE Racing is a great opportunity for me. It’s a team with a proven pedigree so I know I’ll have a very competitive R6 underneath me. I’d like to thank Steve Wheatman of Hol-Taj and the European Shoe Machinery Company for making the ride possible for me.”

Cookstown/BE Racing’s number one rider Burrows will have a Suzuki 1000 Superbike, a Kawasaki 1000 Superstock, a KBM Kawasaki 650 and the Moira MRC Honda 600 at his disposal this year.