After a return to form, Maria Costello is determined to win back the crown as fastest woman at the Isle of Man TT.

The Northamptonshire racer lost the title to Jenny Tinmouth last year, but says she is looking to regain the honour in 2010.

Tinmouth, from Cheshire, took the top spot on lap four of the 2009 Senior TT when she completed the circuit at an average speed of 116.835mph.

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Quoted in the official newsletter of the TT, Costello, who was awarded an MBE in the Queen's Birthday honours in 2009, said she wants the crown back this year.

She says:

"It's fair to say that over the last couple of years I haven't been in the kind of form that I wanted, but when I was competing at the Manx Grand Prix in 2009 I really got my racing mojo back."

"I can't wait to race at the TT again in 2010 and I'm really looking forward to the challenge of trying to become the fastest women around the course again."

Costello will have a battle on her hands to regain the title as Tinmouth, also speaking in the TT newsletter, has confirmed she will also be lining up for action at the 2010 TT.

She says:

"I'm already looking forward to coming back next year for some more racing between the hedges."