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Maria Costello links up with Pr1mo Kawasaki for Isle of Man TT races

'The TT is going to part of a great year and I'm feeling really excited about all the racing ahead of me' - Maria Costello
Leading female competitor Maria Costello MBE will ride a Pr1mo Bournemouth Kawasaki ZX10R at the Isle of Man TT in June.

The Northamptonshire-based motorcycle racer will use the Pr1mo/Bournemouth liveried Kawasaki in the Royal London 360 Superstock 1000, Dainese Superbike and PokerStars Senior classes at the TT and at other selected road race events, with full back-up from the BSB Elite Superbike team.

Maria said: “I'm so pleased to have been given this great opportunity from a local company such as Pr1mo. This association has already brought onboard another local sponsor ESM and with the continued support of my existing sponsors the 2012 season is looking really busy.

“The TT is going to part of a great year and I'm feeling really excited about all the racing ahead of me. I'm especially thrilled about contesting the new TT Lightweight class on my 'pizza race bike' Supertwin, that I built with my boyfriend.”

Bournemouth Kawasaki Racing Team Owner Peter Extance added: “We are very pleased to be able to back and work with Maria on a Pr1mo BKR ZX10R for 2012. The team has a big presence on the roads with James Hillier and it will be great to be able to support Maria with her road racing this season.

“Maria will, I'm sure, be really happy with the awesome power and handling of the Kawasaki ZX10R and she will certainly be able to improve her lap times with this bike and the back-up and assistance we're able to provide. As with our British Superbike assault we would like to thank Joe Giammasi and Enzo Chiarelli of Pr1mo for helping make this happen.”

Maria is no newcomer to the Isle of Man TT races having competed in a race around the TT course almost every year since making her debut at the Manx Grand Prix in 1996.

She became the first woman to finish on the podium in a race around the TT course on a Honda RVF400 at the Manx Grand Prix in 2005 and was also the fastest female to lap the circuit (114.73mph) until that record was taken by Jenny Tinmouth in 2009.

Costello will also ride in a series of Classic races this year on the Team Classic Suzuki XR69 in the CRMC short circuit championship and Manx Grand Prix and a Bob Jackson Suzuki T20 at the Cookstown 100, Pre & Post TT races and Manx Grand Prix.

Related Pictures

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Maria Costello [pic credit: Northline Photography]
Dean Harrison on the Silicone Engineering Kawasaki in the Senior TT.
Peter Hickman in the Senior TT on the Smiths BMW.
Michael Dunlop on the Bennetts Suzuki in the Senior TT.
Bruce Anstey on his way to victory in the TT Zero race.
Guy Martin on the Honda Racing Superbike.
Alan Bonner was killed in an incident at the 33rd Milestone.
Jochem van den Hoek.
Michael Rutter took victory in the Lightweight TT on the Italian Paton.
Dan Kneen celebrates with his team after sealing his maiden Isle of Man TT rostrum in the Superstock race.
Ian Hutchinson celebrates his Superstock victory.
Ian Hutchinson on his way to victory in the Superstock TT on the Tyco BMW.
Davey Lambert in the RST Superbike race.
A Sidecar narrowly missed spectators in an incident that was captured in a video posted on YouTube.
James Hillier on the JG Speedfit Kawasaki in the opening Supersport TT race.
Michael Dunlop in the Supersport TT.
Michael Dunlop on his Yamaha in the Supersport TT.
Peter Hickman claimed his maiden podium at the Isle of Man TT with a runner-up finish in the RST Superbike race.

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Nick - Unregistered

March 02, 2012 10:28 AM

@JJ - Quite a lot of riders were mobile chicanes for DJ though! At least she is prepared to have a go, unlike all these armchair critics on here. Good luck Maria!

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