Maria Costello is aiming for her best year ever in motorbike racing after landing a deal to ride one of the top bikes in the sport. The former Isle of Man TT female record holder is being backed by BMW Motorrad UK to make 2015 a huge success as she targets the leading international road races on a new BMW S 1000 RR.
Costello, a regular fixture at the Northwest 200, Isle of Man TT and Ulster Grand Prix, says she is confident that this year will be 'huge' for her and her backers, and plans for a busy 2015 race schedule.
Lee Nicholls, Marketing & PR Manager for BMW Motorrad UK, said: “We are delighted to be able to announce that Maria Costello will be riding a BMW S 1000 RR for the road racing season in 2015. We are committed to attracting more dynamic female riders to the brand and Maria is the perfect ambassador and inspiration for women in motorsports and motorcycling. She will inspire new riders and introduce them to BMW Motorrad, and in turn the BMW S 1000 RR will be a fantastic package for her to challenge at the North West 200, Isle of Man TT and Ulster Grand Prix. We wish her the very best of luck in the coming season.”
Maria will also be joining forces with the well known ICE Valley team, who had the fastest newcomer at the TT in 2014. ICE Valley, based in Manchester, have been competing consistently at the highest levels of racing for several years, having developed from consistently running at the front in the British Superbike Superstock domestic championships, to developing into a leading team on the major international road circuits.
Team owner and rider, Paul Shoesmith is keen to see Costello reach new goals on the roads. “She’s had some rough deals and wrong machinery in the past. I’d like to see her get the female lap record back. She has the right bike now and a team to help her achieve that. We look forward to Maria being part of the team.”
The principal meetings that the team will attend are the NorthWest 200, the Isle of Man TT and the Ulster Grand Prix, all of which Costello has targeted for personal best times in 2015.
“I’m planning my best year yet,” enthused Costello. “This year I’m in the best shape ever, I've got the latest BMW, new crew chief from CMB Motorsport and a great team ready to support my assault on the roads. I must be one of the luckiest women on this planet. Last year I was injured, so I’ve got unfinished business at the NorthWest 200 and the Isle of Man TT. I really can’t wait to test the BMW.”