The German manufacturer only recently rejoined the international stage, but the BMW S1000RR has received rave reviews, and Costello, the fastest woman at the TT for five years, is thrilled to have the chance to ride the bike at the Isle of Man.
Costello, who received her MBE from Prince Charles at Buckingham Palace in the autumn, will compete in the Superstock, Superbike and Senior TT races on a bike supplied by Wollaston BMW in Northampton and purchased by her personal sponsor and good friend Tony Morris.
Richard Higgs, Motorcycle Manager at Wollaston BMW, said:
“We are always keen to support local racers and we were all very exited at the prospect of Maria challenging at the IoM TT races on our flagship sports bike.”
Steve Wong, Sports Bike Specialist at Wollaston BMW, said:
“I know how determined Maria is to grab the lap record back at the TT this year, so when we launched the all new S1000RR I knew this would be a perfect bike for her return to the TT.”
BMW only entered the World Superbike Championship for the first time last year, but Costello, the first woman to claim a podium place in a race on the Isle of Man TT course, is confident of doing well on their new sports bike.
Costello roared back to form at the Manx Grand Prix last summer after two injury-plagued years and is determined to make 2010 a year to remember. She said: “It’s a magnificent gesture by Tony to buy the bike for me and I fully intend to repay his faith in me. “The BMW S1000RR has had fantastic reviews and Troy Corser and Ruben Xaus have proved in World Superbikes that the bike is competitive. I think it will make a great TT bike.”
To follow Maria’s progress this season go to: www.costelloracing.com