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Maria Costello to ride Yamaha R6 at TT for John Burrows

'Maria is a very professional and fast rider and I'm certain she will be
 an asset to the team' - John Burrows
Irish Supertwin champion John Burrows has done a deal with leading 
female road racer Maria Costello MBE to compete at selected road race 
meetings in his Cookstown/BE Racing livery in 2012. 

Costello will ride a Yamaha R6 for Burrows at the Cookstown 100 in Northern Ireland next 
month, plus the Isle of Man TT and selected Irish national events in 

Burrows, who will race the Moira Motorcycle Club's Honda CBR600RR in the
 Supersport class this season, said he was thrilled to tie up an 
agreement with the popular Northamptonshire lady.

"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," he said.

"Maria will ride the Yamaha at the Cookstown 100, the Isle of Man TT and
 selected other national events after the TT. She 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 and it will be great to see it in action,"
 he added.

"I'm confident Maria will get some decent results on it and I'm sure her 
appearances on the bike will bring all my sponsors some extra exposure. It's a win-win situation."

Costello made a name for herself in road racing when she twice finished
 on the rostrum at the Manx Grand Prix. The 38-year-old is the second fastest female competitor ever to lap the 37.73-mile
 Mountain Course with an average speed for the iconic road racing course
 of 114.73mph, with British Superbike rider Jenny Tinmouth holding the
 record after lapping at almost 120mph in 2010. 

Costello, who will have the chance to test Burrows machine at Kirkistown
 before next month's Cookstown 100, said: "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.

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