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15/08/2013

Maria Costello extends her bike racing and public relations activities on 30 September when she launches the country’s first-ever women-only track day at Teeside Autodrome. The former TT lap record holder, who was awarded the MBE in 2009 for services to motorcycling, says it is one of a series of projects she plans to introduce to encourage more women onto bikes. The £135 track day experience could soon be joined by women’s touring and social meets plus a website offering help and advice on training and touring, as well as general news.

Costello’s Women on a Motorcycle (WOAM) group ran a bike maintenance and set-up session to coincide with last month’s World Superbike round at Silverstone. It was run at the premises of IDP Moto, where workshop manager and owner Daryll Young gave the group the benefit of his 50 years experience. Young co-owns the new business with Paul Smith.

Costello, 40 and nicknamed Elvis, has been racing for 20 years and says she now wants to give something back to motorcycle sport. WOAM now has 1000 members on Facebook. Said Costello: “I’ve realised that I can use my knowledge and experience to help other women start biking or become more empowered on two wheels.”