Pioneering motorcycle and sidecar racer Maria Costello MBE has been appointed as Rider Ambassador by Britain’s biggest road safety charity IAM RoadSmart.
‘Queen of Bikes’ Maria, 43, has made more than 40 starts at the Isle of Man TT and became world famous as the first women ever to claim a podium on the island – with third place in the Ultra Lightweight category of the 2005 Manx Grand Prix.
Her career spans two decades, with 2016 proving the most successful yet. She scored the female lap record at the Vauxhall International Northwest 200 plus a podium alongside 23 times TT winner John McGuinness in the Isle of Man Senior Classic TT.
For five years Maria held a Guinness World Record at the Isle of Man TT, when she lapped the Snaefell mountain course at an average speed of 114.73 mph in 2004 – thus becoming the fastest women to have done so.
Maria will be promoting the work of IAM RoadSmart in the field of motorcycle safety in her public appearances around the country, as well talk about current developments on rider safety and advanced riding through her well-read social media channels.
Maria said: “I am delighted to take on the role of IAM RoadSmart Rider Ambassador. The charity is famous for its commitment to reducing the numbers of riders killed and injured on the roads by helping them improve their skills on bikes.
“It’s also crucial that all road users respect each other and have an understanding of the demands of each other’s modes of transport and share the road better.
“As a racer, I understand that skills turn us into winners. We can all be winners on the road without reaching racing speeds. Improving your skills will make you a road riding winner.”
On Facebook: www.facebook.com/IAMRoadSmart
On Twitter: @IAMRoadSmart
For Maria Costello information visit her social media channels:
On Twitter: @MariaCostello
On Instagram: @mariacostellombe
On Facebook: www.facebook.com/MariaCostelloRacing
IAM RoadSmart has a mission to make better drivers and riders in order to improve road safety, inspire confidence and make driving and riding enjoyable. It does this through a range of courses for all road users, from online assessments through to the advanced driving and riding tests. IAM RoadSmart is the trading name of all businesses operated by the UK’s largest road safety charity, the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) and was formed in April 2016 combining the IAM, IAM Drive & Survive, PDS and IAM Driver Retraining Academy. The organisation has 92,000 members and campaigns on road safety on their behalf. At any one time there are over 7,000 drivers and riders actively engaged with IAM RoadSmart’s courses, from members of the public to company drivers, while our Driver Retraining Academy has helped 2,500 drivers to shorten their bans through education and support programmes.
To find out more about IAM RoadSmart products and services visit the new website www.iamroadsmart.com
To find out more about IAM RoadSmart’s Driver Retraining Academy visit www.iamdra.org.uk
To find out the name of your own local IAM RoadSmart group please visit: https://wwwiamroadsmart.com/local-groups
Maria claimed the female lap record at the Vauxhall International Northwest 200 onboard her
BMW S 1000 RR Sport.
Maria on her way to her best ever finish at the Isle of Man TT – 12th in the Lightweight TT. BY IOMTTPICS.
History in the making, Maria on her way to podium finish in the Senior Classic TT
on the Beugger Racing Paton. By Stephen Davison.