RSBS Celebrity Profile – When it comes to motorcycle racing in the UK, Maria Costello is probably the most successful lady in a male dominated sport, she is certainly one of the fastest. Maria is also an Ambassador for the RideSafe BackSafe initiative and we thought you would like to know more about her.
Name: Maria Costello
Date of Birth: 09/06/77
Star sign: Gemini
Greatest achievement so far?
Becoming the fastest woman to lap the Isle of Man TT course in 2004 and getting a Guinness World Record in the process. I finished third in the Ultra-lightweight Race at the Manx Grand Prix in 2005 and became the first female solo racer to stand on the podium in the history of the TT or MGP.
What is keeping you busy this year?
Racing my two bikes, BERING Honda RVF400 and Philip Youles Triumph Daytona 675, in various club championships and also on the roads, my main event being the Manx Grand Prix in August. Working for Trophy UK Ltd as a PR Agent and I’m also in the process of setting up a new promotions and management company called Blak ROK.
Favourite meal at the end of a great day?
I love food so it could be anything from a roast dinner to Italian or a curry.
If you had more time to yourself, what hobby would you enjoy more of?
Horse riding, snow boarding and a water sport!
What would be your dream bike?
How about a Desmodeci for starters.
What really makes you smile?
Racing around the Isle of Man, Lee Evans, good company and plenty of other things I’m not about to divulge here. . .
Worst pet hate?
Not so keen on heights, but I like climbing [work that one out].
What is the best bit of advice you could give to bikers on the road?
Always ride defensively and wear the correct protective clothing!
Thank you, Maria.
To see more of Maria, take a look at http://www.costelloracing.com/
Courtesy of PLJ photography