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,"
"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.