Maria Costello is probably the most prominent woman in motorcycle road racing and the only female motorcycle racer ever to be awarded an MBE. She has achieved unrivalled success in a high-risk world, competing on equal terms with men in a sport renowned as the ultimate test for competitor and machine.

Maria was the first woman ever to claim a podium finish in a race around the notorious Isle of Man TT course – often described as the world’s most dangerous race track – but that’s just one of many accolades she has garnered in a career spanning 20 years (a feat itself!).

The 2016 race season has proved to be one of her best, securing the female lap record at the Vauxhall International Northwest 200, her best ever finish, so far, of 12th place in the Isle of Man Lightweight TT race and a podium alongside her hero and 23 times TT winner, John McGuinness in the Isle of Man Senior Classic TT.

Throughout that time, she has shown remarkable resilience and determination in the male dominated world of motorcycle racing, overcoming astonishing injuries – including 24 broken bones – to gain multiple podium finishes in real road racing.

She has also set a Guinness World Record, been voted Sports Personality of the Year in her native county, become an animated character in a PlayStation game, a rider double for Reese Witherspoon in a Hollywood movie and a published author.

Maria’s racing has taken her around the globe and the invitations for her to compete on exotic modern and classic machinery continue, adding to her already impressive racing CV.

Never satisfied with confining her success to the track however, she breaks boundaries to pave the way for more women racers and motorcyclists alike. In 2013 she founded ‘Woman on a Motorcycle’ a community space where like-minded ladies can share experiences and ideas. Her pioneering ‘women only’ trackdays have also gone from strength to strength; starting with just 11 riders at the Teesside Autodrome circuit, she now runs events for up to 70 riders at the world renowned circuits including Donington Park and Silverstone. In 2016 she was also appointed by BMW Motorrad UK to front their nationwide initiative supporting women riders.

Maria was inducted on to the Federation Internationale de Motorcyclist (FIM) Women in Motorcycling Commission in 2013 and is a mentor for the young riders competing in the European Junior Cup. She is also an Ambassador for ex-F1 driver Susie Wolff’s ‘Dare to Be Different’ campaign to drive female talent.

Her position in the sport is undeniable and her following reflects that with over 280,000 followers on Facebook alone. Twitter is an impressive 19,000 and her new Instagram page already has almost 5,000 followers.

Her undeniable uniqueness, the fact that she’s a woman challenging gender stereotyping and succeeding in a male-dominated area, also attracts elusive and highly sort after coverage from all forms of media: lifestyle, tabloid & broadsheet newspapers, TV, radio and online media. Her talents, achievements and extraordinary story have made her a popular Keynote and motivational speaker too.

Maria is a 2017 IAM RoadSmart road safety Ambassador and also a Competitor and rider for BMW Classic, from 2014 to the present day.



Name: Maria Costello MBE

Nickname: Elvis
DOB: 09/06/73
Hair : Blonde
Eyes: Green
Home Town: Spratton, Northampton
Occupation: Motorcycle racer, PR Agent & public speaker.
Hobbies: Cycling, snowboarding, swimming
Favourite Race Bike: Kawasaki ER6 Supertwin ‘pizza race bike’
Racing Hero: Steve Hislop, David Jefferies.
Ambition: Continue to race varied motorcycles all over the world.
Maria Costello

Maria Signature

 

Some questions answered:

THREE THINGS YOU WOULD TAKE TO A DESERT ISLAND?

My iPod, sketch pad and pencil.

HAVE YOU EVER USED HYPNOSIS TO HELP YOU FOCUS BEFORE A RACE OR EVEN LEARN THE COURSE?

I use visualisation to imagine a lap of the course before I start a race but I do use hypnotherapy as part of my training program and we work on many different performance enhancing techniques.

DO YOU HAVE ANY SET ROUTINE BEFORE A RACE LIKE LEFT BOOT ON FIRST?

I used to have a lucky T-shirt but when I crashed in it that idea went out the window but I do put a certain boot and glove on first but it’s more habit than anything else. Listening to certain music before I set off down Bray Hill has become my only ritual.

WHAT MOTIVATES YOU TO KEEP GOING & GET BACK ON THE BIKE AFTER INJURY?

Racing motorbikes is the best thing I’ve ever done. It has it’s up and downs and I’ve broken over 20 bones but I’ve not found anything that gives me the same buzz to replace it.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE RACING CIRCUIT AND ON WHICH BIKE?

I don’t have one favourite. My favourite combinations however include the Norton Seeley 750 at Barber Motorsports in Alabama, USA. My Kawasaki ER6 Supertwin at Ulster Grand Prix and the Padgett’s Suzuki GSXR750 K2 at the Isle of Man TT course.

WHAT DO YOU FEEL WHEN YOU RIDE ON MOUNTAIN CIRCUIT?

Pure freedom, pleasure, speed, adrenaline, euphoria and happiness [when it’s all going well].


HIGHLIGHTS DOWN THE YEARS…

2016

FEMALE LAP RECORD AT NORTHWEST 200

BEST TT FINISH – 12TH LIGHTWEIGHT TT

PODIUM AT THE CLASSIC TT – 3RD IN SENIOR CLASSIC TT ALONGSIDE JOHN MCGUINESS & WINNER OF THE CLASSIC 250 TT

SIDECAR RACE DEBUT

Barry Sheene Festival of Speed
Sydney Motorsports Park, teaming up with the Beuggers and their Paton.
A win, two 2nds and a 4th place in the P4 500cc class. 2nd place overall and 4th in class on the Rob Francis VFR400. Also secured a 10th place finish on the bike after starting from the pitlane.
Competed against Schwantz, Spencer, Parrish, Crosby and co in the GP Legends clash.
Cookstown
Lightweight – Pizza Race Bike Kawasaki ER6 Supertwin – 11th place finish after improving by 2.2 seconds on 2014 qualifying time.
International North West 200
13th place in the shortened Supertwin race on Thursday.
Retirement in Saturday’s Superstock race, but not before setting a lap of 108.774mph on the ESM Wollaston BMW S1000RR. A female lap record!
11th place finish in the shortened Supertwins race on Saturday.
Isle of Man TT Races
Lightweight – NGK Spark Plugs Pizza Race Bike Kawasaki ER6 Supertwin, complete with Nova gearbox – a career best 12th place and bronze replica [7th bronze TT replica].
Dundrod & Ulster Grand Prix
A stunning 9th place finish in the Supertwin race on the Kawasaki ER6 pizza race bike.
Classic TT
A fantastic 3rd place finish in the Classic 500cc race on the Beugger Paton – rewriting the history books by becoming the highest placed solo female in the history of the TT and sharing the podium with TT legend John McGuinness.
A class win in the 350cc race on the Bob Jackson Suzuki T20 250cc, despite losing 4 minutes on the start line when the bike refused to fire!
Parade lap on a classic R51 BMW.
Goodwood Revival
Competed on a BMW Group Classic Team 1929 BMW WR500 Compressor, with teammate Claus Clausen. Finished race 1 in 20th position. Retirement in race 2.
Offered a lifeline when Wolfgang Meier gave up his seat on a 1939 BMW R51, finishing 19th.
Cadwell Sidecar Bash
Made sidecar race debut along with passenger Harry Payne, racing a DDM Formula 2 Suzuki sidecar.
Recorded 3 race finishes in 15th, 17th and 14th positions. Looked set for a better finish in race 4, before crashing out of 8th position.

2015

Barry Sheene Festival of Speed
Sydney Motorsports Park, including parade with Grand Prix legend Freddie Spencer.
8th place overall and 4th in class on the Rob Francis VFR400. Also secured a 10th place finish on the VFR400 after starting from the pitlane, due to a steering damper problem.
A top 20 finish on the Laurie Turnbull 500cc Norton ES2.
International North West 200
Superb 8th place finish in the Supertwins class on Saturday after a last lap retirement in Thursday’s race.
28th place on the BMW S1000RR in the sole Superstock race – running the bike for the first time from her own team.
Isle of Man TT Races
Lightweight – Pizza Race Bike Kawasaki ER6 Supertwin – a strong 17th place and bronze replica [5th bronze TT replica].
Walderstown
Stunning 4th place on the Kawasaki ER6 pizza race bike Supertwin in challenging conditions.
Dundrod & Ulster Grand Prix
38th place finish in a large field on the ESM/Wollaston BMW backed S1000RR, including a new female lap record of 116.790mph in the “World’s fastest road race”.
21st place finish in the Supertwin race on the Kawasaki ER6 pizza race bike in challenging wet conditions.
Goodwood Revival
Competed for the Classic BMW Team on a Ferdinand Kazcor custom built 1966/67 two-cylinder boxer BMW race bike, with teammate Sebastian Gutsch. Finished 12th in race 2 and 19th overall after a retirement in the first race due to a hole in the piston that was repaired over night by the Classic BMW Team.

2014

Barry Sheene Festival of Speed
Australian race debut at the Sydney Motorsports Park.
6th place overall and 2nd in class on a Mick Neason Manx Norton. Also secured several other top 6 finishes on the bike.
4th place finish in Maria’s first ever 125 race, onboard a 1988 Honda RS125 race bike owned by Steve Kairl.
3rd place finish on the Rob Francis VFR400.
Cookstown 100
12th in Supersport 600 B race on the Hol-Taj Suzuki GSXR600, provided by Team Classic Suzuki.
11th in the hotly contested Supertwin A race on the Kawasaki ER6 pizza race bike.
International North West 200
Event ended early with a broken leg suffered in qualifying for the Supersport class onboard the Hol-Taj Suzuki GSXR600.
Isle of Man TT Races
Lightweight – Pizza Race Bike Kawasaki ER6 Supertwin – a very commendable 25th place and bronze replica [5th bronze TT replica], despite a broken fibula and damaged knee.
Skerries
11th on the Kawasaki ER6 pizza race bike Supertwin (still carrying injury) after a rain affected qualifying session and grids were set on championship points.
Walderstown
11th on the Kawasaki ER6 pizza race bike Supertwin (still carrying injury) after a rain made the organisers resort to controlled laps for qualifying and grids determined by championship points.
Armoy Race of Legends
Withdrew from racing following decision influenced by injury and track conditions.
Dundrod & Ulster Grand Prix
Secured a last minute ride in the Supersport class, onboard a ZX6R Kawasaki as team mate to Danny Webb with the Collision Recovery team.
15th place overall finish in the Supertwin race on the Kawasaki ER6 pizza race bike, followed by 19th overall and 2nd of the group C runners in the Totalis Challenge.
Saturday’s races affected by a mechanical issue (Supersport) and a weather front that saw Maria withdraw from the grid with her Supertwin.
Classic TT
5th place finish in the Classic 500cc race on the Beugger Paton – the best TT race position ever achieved by a female on a conventional motorbike, achieving a TT Silver replica in the process [first TT Silver Replica].
26th overall, but 2nd 250cc home in the 350cc race on the Bob Jackson Suzuki T20, earning another TT silver replica. [Second TT Silver Replica].
Goodwood Revival
Competed for the Classic BMW Team on a 1929 BMW R63 (735cc flat twin), with handshift, with teammate Claus Clausen. Finished 13th and 15th in the two respective legs to finish 13th overall.
Barry Sheene Motorcycle Classic – New Zealand
New Zealand race debut at the Hampton Downs circuit, as the main guest and to promote women in racing, competing in the return leg of the Trans-Tasman Trophy.
Took a brace of top 8 finishes on the Bruce Verdon/TT Industries Manx Norton in Saturday’s races, followed up by a 4th and 5th place on the Rob Francis VFR400.
Sunday’s races included a top 6 finish on the Norton and further 4th and 5th placed finished on the VFR400, securing an overall 3rd place finish and trophy in the pre’89 F3 class .
Manfeild Spring Classic – New Zealand
Racing continued in New Zealand at the Manfeild circuit. Maria took third in class in each of the F500 championship races on the Bruce Verdon/TT Industries Norton and also claimed a rewarding 2nd place in the Sunday scratch race.
Maria got the chance to drive a sidecar for the first time when New Zealand F2 champion Tracey Bryan offered her DMR Yamaha 600 and her husband, Steve, as passenger.
2014 Suzuki Tri Series, New Zealand
A return to New Zealand to compete at Hampton Downs, Manfeild and the Wanganui Cemetery street circuit.
Leg 1: Onboard a KTM 690, provided by Boyd Motorcycles of Hamilton, Maria secured 8th and 9th place finished in the mixed class BEARS field, followed by 15th and 16th place finishes in the F3 class.
Leg 2: 10th place and 8th place finishes on the KTM in the BEARS class.
Leg 3: Boxing Day racing saw Maria take 12th and 13th place in the BEARS class on the KTM, along with 18th in the F3 category. The race highlight for Maria was a brace of top 6 finishes in the Solo Classics races on the Bruce Verdon/TT Industries Manx Norton.

2013

Cookstown 100
Debut 125 Road Race. 4th on the Bob Wylie Racing Moto3 in the 125/Moto3 race.
14th in first Supersport 600 B race on the Bob Wylie Racing Triumph 675R (still in stock trim).
3rd on the Kawasaki ER6 pizza race bike Supertwin in the B race.
International North West 200
30th in first Supersport 600 race on an ill handling Bob Wylie Racing Triumph 675R. The race was run in appauling wet conditions and was red flagged after 3 of 5 laps after a accident. This was the only race of the day and the event was cancelled due to bad weather.
Isle of Man TT Races
Supersport 1 – Bob Wylie Racing Triumph 675R – 49th place.
Supersport 2 – Bob Wylie Racing Triumph 675R – 41st place.
Lightweight – Pizza Race Bike Kawasaki ER6 Supertwin – 16th place and bronze replica [4th bronze TT replica].
After crashing the Triumph early on in practice week it was only thanks to a kind spectator, Terri Mayne, who loaned her complete bike as spares and her bike’s subframe was used in the races.
Skerries
9th on the Kawasaki ER6 pizza race bike Supertwin.
Walderstown
8th on the Kawasaki ER6 pizza race bike Supertwin.
Armoy Race of Legends
10th on the Kawasaki ER6 pizza race bike Supertwin.
Dundrod & Ulster Grand Prix
Thursday’s races cancelled due to excessive rain.
A superb 9th out of 46 bikes on the Kawasaki ER6 pizza race bike in the Supertwin class.
Classic TT
Last lap retirement from 6th place overall (and leading privateer) on the Beugger Paton in the Classic 500cc race.
DNF for Betty Boo in the 250 Classic when the Bob Jackson T20 expired on lap two.
Killalane
8th place in the Supertwins race on the pizza race bike Kawasaki ER6 Supertwin to secure a season-long run of top 10 finishes on the Irish roads in the Supertwin class.
Goodwood Revival
Maria would be racing for the first time as part of the Classic BMW team and was joined by Fabienne Severine-Hoffman to form the first ever all-female team to take part in the Barry Sheene Memorial Trophy.
21st and 22nd place finishes in the two legs gave them 18th place overall on board the Classic BMW team 1956 498cc BMW RS500.

2012

CRMC – Pembrey
Two class wins and a third in the Post Classic 2 class for Maria during her debut short circuit race onboard the Team Classic Suzuki XR69.
Cookstown 100
16th on the Kawasaki ER6 pizza race bike Supertwin in the A race.
16th in first Supersport 600 race on the BE Racing Yamaha R6 [in prep for TT].
Maria broke down in third place on the Bob Jackson Suzuki T20.
Isle of Man TT Races
Superbike – Pr1mo Bournemouth Kawasaki ZX10R – 37th place.
Supersport 1 – Cookstown/BE Racing Yamaha R6 – 46th place.
Superstock – Pr1mo Bournemouth Kawasaki ZX10R – 52nd place.
Supersport 2 – DNF due to electrical fault.
Lightweight – Pizza Race Bike Kawasaki ER6 Supertwin – 28th place and bronze replica [3rd bronze TT replica].
Walderstown
Debut on the Supertwin – finishing in 10th.
Debut on the Bob Wylie Moto3 bike – finishing 7th.
Skerries
Finished in 16th in the Supertwin race after starting from the back of the grid – due to them being set on championship points. Maria lapped faster than previously and would like to put that down to the superior Wilbers suspension she was running on her Kawasaki ER6 Supertwin.
Dundrod & Ulster Grand Prix
Maria claimed a magnificent 8th place in the Ulster GP 125 race on board the Bob Wylie Moto3 bike.
Her greatest race of the season was in the Supertwins class where she finished 10th. It would have been two places higher if the red flag hadn’t come out and the results taken from a lap earlier.
Armoy Road Races
Debut 11th place in very lucky conditions when the road dried, after torrential rain had delayed proceedings, to provide the Supertwins class with the best track conditions of the day.
Manx Grand Prix
5th place was a hard fought finish for Costello on an ill handling XR69.
DNF for Betty Boo in the 250 Classic when the Bob Jackson T20 expired at Ballagarey on lap one.
Goodwood Revival
15th at the Goodwood Revival with team mate George Cohen onboard his original 1952 Norton Manx Daytona.
Killalane
16th place in the Supertwins race on the pizza race bike Kawasaki ER6 Supertwin.

2011

South African TT Race series
East London, Zwartkops & Killarney.
Maria finished 2nd in her class behind Mick Grant onboard the Hol-Taj backed Team Classic Suzuki XR69.
Ducati 848 VIP ride at Brands Hatch
Racing a Ducati for the very first time Maria got to realise a career ambition and compete in the 848 Challenge.
Cookstown 100
Supertwin pizza race bike debut – Maria finished in 2nd place in Supertwin B race.
Isle of Man TT Races
Finished in 37th place in Supersport 1 onboard her Yamaha R6.
Finished in 29th place in the Supspersport 2 race onboard her Yamaha R6 and collected a bronze replica and a new personal best lap time of 114.97mph. [2nd bronze TT replica].
Skerries Road Race
Maria made her debut at Skerries on board her home built Supertwin and finished in a fantastic top ten placing of 9th.
Manx Grand Prix
Steve Wheatman/Team Classic Suzuki/ Hol-Taj XR69 – finished in 5th place despite the bolt folding the steering damper breaking at the end of lap two. Maria brought the beast home to take 5th a commendable and brave [without a damper] 5th place.
Bob Jackson Suzuki T20 – Maria matched her best finish when she pushed Betty Boo in from Governor’s Dip on the final lap of the Classic 250 race. A memorable and exhausting finish, Maria was cheered on to take the chequered flag.
AHRMA – Barber motorsports & Dayton international Speedway
Maria returns to race the Jamie Waters Norton Dunstall Lowboy but it seizes in practice. She is more fortunate on the Norton Seeley 750 taking a win and a second in the BEARS class at Barber and two wins at Daytona which meant she also came home a World Champion!
Maria also had a guest ride on Alan Rodenborn’s Kawasaki Ninja EX650 Supertwin.
Hanging out with Kevin Schwantz is a highlight and sharing the stage with him in an informal dinner will never be forgotten, neither will being force fed banana pudding by her hero.

2010 – Fastest Woman to Lap the Ulster Grand Prix

Maria publishes her autobiography ‘Queen of Bikers’ co written with Steve Pitts
Hottrax Endurance – Snetterton
Competed with teammate Claire Domoney in the 600 class [Junior] and finished in 26th place.
Cookstown 100
Maria enjoyed a debut podium finish of 3rd place onboard her Honda RVF400.
International North West 200
Finished in 47th place on board her Yamaha R6.
Isle of Man TT Races
Maria made her return to the TT since her last appearance back in 2004.
Superbike – finished 50th on board her BMWS1000RR.
Supersport 1 – finished in 42nd place onboard her Yamaha R6.
Supersport 2 – finished in 43rd place onboard her Yamaha R6.
Superstock – retired from the race [BMW S1000RR].
Senior – DNS the re-started race.
Dundrod 150 & Ulster Grand Prix
Maria makes her debut at the Ulster Grand Prix – riding her Honda RVF400 and Yamaha R6 – and becomes the fastest woman to lap the Ulster Grand Prix.
34th in the Dundrod 150 Challenge race – lap speed 110.945 on CMS Yamaha R6.
21st in Combined 125/400/Supertwins race – 2nd 400 home – lap speed 102.742 on CMS Honda RVF400.
34th in Supersport Race 1 – lap speed 113.438 on CMS Yamaha R6.
26th in Supersport Race 2 – lap speed 114.328 on CMS Yamaha R6.
Manx Grand Prix
Maria finished in 5th place in the Post Classic class onboard the Steve Wheatman Suzuki XR69. She was cruely denied a podium finish when the steering damper bolt broke.
Goodwood Revival
Maria makes her second appearance at the amazing Goodwood Revival meeting riding a Fred Walmsley BSA Goldstar alongside team mate Keith Bush.
DNF in the Barry Sheene Memorial Trophy race.
AHRMA – USA
For the first time, Maria competes on American soil. Invited by Kenny Cumming and Jamie Waters Maria was due to race a Works Dunstall Norton Lowboy in AHRMA’s coveted Premier 500 class at the Vintage Festival at Barber Motorsport Park in Alabama, USA. But due to mechanical failure Maria competed on Kenny Cumming’s Norton Seeley 750 and took 6th in race one and 3rd in race two.

2009 – Maria Awarded MBE for services to motorcycling

Attends Buckingham Palace in November to be presented with her gong by HRH Prince Charles

HOTTRAX TAG UK ENDURANCE SERIES
Costello Redmond Racing – Endurance Team

Maria Costello and former Olympic athlete Derek Redmond headed up a UK Endurance Team.
Costello Redmond Racing Team got their first ever racing season off to a fantastic start at the opening round of the 2009 Hottrax Endurance Championships taking podium places in both the three and six hour TAG endurance races. Costello partnered Jon Leach who took second place crossing the line in second place just one lap down from the winners.
North West 200
An engine failure of the VRS Performance Kawasaki 600 ruled Maria out of yet another NW200 event.
Mid-Antrim 100
Making her debut at an Irish National Road Race Maria enjoyed a 12th place in the Supertwins class on a Team Lynn Suzuki SV650 kindly arranged by Darren Gilpin and Paul Lindsey of Irish Racer magazine.
Dundrod 100 & Ulster Grand Prix
Following an enjoyable [if not a little muddy] Mid-Antrim experience Maria returned to Ireland for yet another round of the Supertwins championship this time being held at the awesome Ulster GP circuit and finished in 13th place on the Team Lynn Suzuki SV650.
Her debut at the Ulster GP was not as she had hoped when a mysterious handling problem forced her to retire mid-race. Despite the DNF Maria thoroughly enjoyed her time at this fantastic event and plans on returning in 2010.
Manx Grand Prix
This became a big milestone in Maria’s racing career. A last minute deal to ride Davy Morgan’s CSC Branson Yamaha R6 proved to be a real turning point for Maria when she finished in 17th place in the Junior race after starting from 48th and lapping at over 114mph almost matching her personal best TT lap time.
With her racing mojo back Maria was then offered a place in the CSC Branson team and will partner Davy Morgan in the 2010 line-up.
4 Hours of Spa Classic
Mike ‘Spike’ Edwards and Maria Costello teamed up to race a Chris Wilson Offenstadt Kawasaki. The bike was plagued with problems but the duo enjoyed a fantastic weekend of racing and managed to cross the finish line in 52nd place – a huge achievement for this machine!
Goodwood Revival
Maria makes her debut at the fabulous Revival meeting at Goodwood.
To finish off the 2009 season Maria was invited to race at the distinguished Goodwood Revival meeting in the Barry Sheene Memorial races. She partnered Roger Munsey in the 4 hour endurance race on a Norton Domiracer [owned by Chris Wilson] to finish in 14th place overall.
Buckingham Palace
On November 17th, 2009, Maria joined the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire when she received her gong from His Royal Highness, The Prince of Wales in front of an audience containing her whole family.

2008

Hottrax TAG UK Endurance
Maria Costello & Sam Neate made a winning pair in their TAG Endurance debut.
GBmoto Junior TAG team stand in rider Maria Costello and last minute replacement Sam Neate were the new winning line up for the GBmoto Junior TAG Team at the Snetterton round of the Hottrax Endurance series. The unlikely pairing of Maria and 16 year old Sam Neate, went on to take the 600 class win by three laps and finished second overall in the three hour Junior TAG endurance race. Maria was competing on her Philip Youles Triumph Daytona 675.
Derby Phoenix MCC
With the season already disrupted by injury Maria decided to move her focus to racing CMS RVF400 only to run in to engine problems at a round of the Derby Phoenix MCC championships held at Snetterton. The sick RVF400 only completed one race which Maria managed a 14th place finish.
Thundersport GB
With the RVF in need of an engine re-build Maria took the Daytona 675 to a highly competitive Thundersport GB meeting at Snetterton where Maria finished in 9th place.
North West 200
Maria attended the 2008 event with both her Philip Youles Triumph Daytona 675 and CMS Honda RVF400 only to realise that her scapula injury was still not recovered enough and she was forced to watch as a spectator.
Manx Grand Prix
With new sponsor Webtech Software onboard Maria was looking forward to putting in a good performance at her main event of the 2008 season but the Philip Youles Triumph Daytona 675 was not shaping up to be good enough for the event and the standard engine, despite having recently received an Arrow exhaust system and Power commander, was not fast enough. The weather was some of the wettest ever encountered and caused many practice sessions to be cancelled and races to be postponed and even abandoned. But it was suspension problems that despite exceptional help from Dave Hagen at EVO moto proved to be the deciding factor and the decision to pull out of the Junior race was the only safe option.
Maria went on to finish in a commendable 6th place in the Ultra Lightweight on her CMS HONDA RVF400. Her first finish on this machine around the TT course since she purchased it in 2007. It was also the first time she had crossed the finish line in this race since her horrific crash at the MGP in 2006. A small but important milestone.
Triumph Triple Challenge
Maria only competed in the opening round of the TTC at a snow covered Donington Park. A crash at Redgate corner on the opening lap caused by brake failure meant she missed all of qualifying and the warm-up races. With permission to start from the back of the grid Maria finished in 18th place on her Philip Youles Triumph Daytona 675.
Her continuation of this championship was cut short when she injured her shoulder blade [previously broken at the MGP in 2006].

2007

Isle of Man Manx Grand Prix
Still recovering from the worst injuries of her career Maria continued to race and returned to the Manx Grand Prix to compete in both the Junior onboard her BERING Honda CBR600RR and Ultra Lightweight on her BERING RVF400. Overcoming her crash demons in the process.
Maria retained the title of fastest woman to lap the Isle of Man TT course.
Cock o’ The North Road Races – Oliver’s Mount
Maria had mixed fortunes during her debut at Scarborough’s Oliver’s Mount. As a mechanical failure forced her to retire whilst in a creditable 7th place on her BERING Honda RVF400.

2006

World Endurance Test – Le Mans, France
Maria tested for a place in the SUD Endurance 84 team on one of their Suzuki GSXR1000’s beside team owner Luigi and top French female racer Fabienne Migout (the flying piglet).
Northwest 200
Although Maria was forced to sit out this year’s NW200 due to injury the organisers invited her and as well as doing other PR events for the organisers she presented a live link for Ulster TV after Thursday night’s practice session
EMRA 1300 Open Races
5th on her Bering CBR600RR in the 1300 open class.
Commendable considering it was Maria’s first outing since surgery was undertaken to repair her broken collar bone with a bone graft and metal plate.
Derby Phoenix 2 Day Meeting Snetterton
Best finish of 9th place in the fiercely contested 600SS class.
Southern 100
Maria competed against TT legends such as Robert Dunlop and Chris Palmer at her S100 debut on the RLR fuel injected Honda CBR400. And had a successful meeting at the very demanding Bilown road circuit. She was the 7th 400 to cross the line and placed 15th overall in the combined 125/400 race.
Isle of Man Manx Grand Prix
Maria suffered the worst injuries of her racing career when she came off at Kepple Gate on oil left by a previous crash just moments earlier. This resulted in an operation and a two week stay in the IoM Nobles Hospital. Maria will continue to race in 2007 despite this unforeseen set back.

2005

MARIA MADE HISTORY BY BECOMING THE FIRST FEMALE SOLO RACER TO STAND ON THE PODIUM AT THE ISLE OF MAN MANX GRAND PRIX.

Won the BBC Northamptonshire Sports Personality of the Year Award.

Isle of Man Manx Grand Prix
Maria made history once again at the Isle of Man when she took third place in the Ultra Lightweight category of the 2005 Manx Grand Prix on board an RLR Motorsports Honda RVF400, provided by Tim Bradley.
Maria became the first ever woman in history to take a podium finish in either a TT or Manx GP.
Northwest 200
Maria made her debut appearance at the NW200 and was the third 400 to cross the finishing line onboard the RLR Motorsports Honda RVF400 in some of the worst conditions Maria had ever competed in on real roads. This placed her, in the joint 125cc/400cc race, 7th overall. She also raced in both 600cc classes on her Bering Honda CBR600RR.

2004

MARIA BECAME THE OUTRIGHT FASTEST WOMAN TO LAP THE ISLE OF MAN TT COURSE and collected a GUINNESS WORLD RECORD in the process.

Isle of Man TT Races
Maria became the outright fastest woman to lap the TT course.
On her standing start lap of the TT Production 1000 race she averaged a speed of 114.73mph making her the fastest woman to lap the course onboard a Padgett’s Suzuki GSXR750 K2.
Unbeknown to Maria she achieved this record with a broken collarbone, which she thought had healed.
Due to mechanical failure she was forced to retire, at Parliament Square, from the race on lap two.
Production 1000 Race – Suzuki GSXR750 K2 – DNF.
Production 600 Race – Island Motorcycles Ltd Honda CBR600RR – 39th and TT Bronze replica [1st Bronze replica].
Isle of Man Manx Grand Prix
Maria was beaten by only seven men in the premier race of the event finishing the Senior Manx Grand Prix finishing in 8th place on board the Island Motorcycles Ltd Honda CBR600RR. She beat over 80 male competitors to finish in the top ten and achieved this awesome achievement with her collarbone still broken. The three podium finishers of the Senior MGP broke the outright MGP lap record.
Maria finished in 14th place in the MGP Junior race onboard the Island Motorcycles CBR600RR.
Collected a silver replica for each finish.

2003

FASTEST WOMAN EVER AT MANX GRAND PRIX

Isle of Man TT Races
Production 600 – Martin Bullock/Honda Racing CBR600RR – 41st.
It was a TT to remember for all the wrong reasons, the death of the Man Mountain – David Jefferies cast a black shadow over the entire event, Maria Costello had not only lost her TT mentor but a close friend.
The fog caused havoc in the 600 production race, with a four hour delay and shortened to two laps.

Isle of Man Manx Grand Prix
Onboard the Tony Scott Tuning/Noel Clegg Motorcycles Honda CBR600RR Maria finished in 15th place but her standing start of 113.52mph eclipsed Maria’s previous TT personal best and left her just 11 seconds outside the fastest female lap record.
Her sterling performance saw her collect a silver replica.
RACE OF THE YEAR
Maria borrowed Guy Martin’s Suzuki GSXR600 for her one and only short circuit meeting of 2003.
Maria finished 13th in the Supersport race and was invited to race in the Fred Beecroft Memorial Race – finishing in 12th place. Maria enjoyed competing against the British Supersport Champion, Karl Harris, in the Supersport race.

2002

FASTEST WOMAN EVER AT MANX GRAND PRIX

Isle of Man TT
Production 1000 Race: Maria returned to the TT for the first time since her horrific crash there in 1999. Onboard the Avonvale Honda CBR900RR Fireblade she finished in 49th place.
On board the Cusworths Bikes Honda CBR600FS she finished in 39th place.

Isle of Man Manx Grand Prix
One step closer to getting into the Guinness Book of Records. Maria Costello officially become the fastest woman at the Manx Grand Prix and overall second fastest woman to have lapped the TT course with a fastest lap of 110.25mph.
Junior Race – 29th, Silver Replica. Senior Race – 23rd Silver Replica.
Maria was awarded the Lesley Ann Trophy – Best performance by a female racer at the Manx Grand Prix.

EMRA
Maria took third place in the Fred Beecroft Memorial Trophy Race at Mallory Park riding the Martin Bullock Honda CBR600 FS.
EMRA awarded Maria with the Ann Tubby Trophy for Outstanding Achievement.

2001

European Superstock Championship
Maria competed at Oschersleben in Germany for the East Belgium Racing Team onboard a Yamaha R1.
Maria worked as press officer for the BKM Honda WSS Team but also competed on their Honda CBR900RR Fireblade at the final round of the series at Imola in Italy.

World 24-hour Endurance Championship
Thunderbike Endurance Team – Suzuki GSXR1000. Reserve rider for the German round at Oschersleben.

2000

British Superstock Championship
Maria’s season onboard the Cusworth Bikes / T3 Racing – Honda CBR900RR Fireblade was cut short after a crash at Silverstone. Injuries included a broken foot and multiple breaks in her wrist which resulted in two operations with two screws used to fix her foot and one screw in her scaphoid.

1999

Honda Hornet Cup
Maria completed in limited races due to her injuries sustained at the TT but started and finished the season competing on the CJ Ball Honda Hornet.

Isle of Man TT
Maria’s Isle of Man TT debut on a T3 / GT Motorcycles Honda CBR900 Fireblade ended in disaster when another rider clipped Maria’s bike at the bottom of Bray Hill, resulting in a horrific crash and multiple injuries including broken pelvis, collar bone and ankle.

1998

Honda CB500 Ladies Cup
Ladies Cup Champion – CJ Ball Honda.

Manx Grand Prix
Maria lapped at 107.47mph in the Junior race, placing her in the top three fastest women ever to have raced around the TT course. Senior race – DNF.

1997

Honda CB500 Ladies Cup
Competed in only a few rounds.

Manx Grand Prix
Manx Grand Prix – A.S. Racing Honda CBR600. Finished in 77th place in the junior and 57th in the Senior.

1996

Manx Grand Prix
Joined the all female race team, George Pilkington Race Team.
10th in her debut at the Manx Grand Prix in the Senior Newcomers Race onboard a Honda CBR600.

1995

First win during her first season racing.
She ran her own RGV250 and won the tenth novice race she entered at Mallory Park.
Best Lady Award EMRA.