Thursday, June 20, 2024


Maria Costello MBE has achieved a lifetime ambition to race ‘down under’ at the Barry Sheene Festival of Speed alongside Phil Read MBE, has visited the impressive HART Honda training centre and soaked up some Aussie coolness at the HQ of Australian custom bike builders, Deus Ex Machina.

Visiting Australia for the first time, Costello made her debut at the circuit formerly known as Eastern Creek, on three race machines; a Manx Norton, Honda VFR400 and Honda RS125 owned by Mick Neason, Rob Francis and Steve Kairl respectively.

Despite having raced in many countries, Costello received a few key reminders that she was on Australian soil: “I’m loving everything about my Aussie debut. Having to dodge a turtle on track was a new one for me.”

Costello reflected on the experience: “I’ve had an awesome time. There are so many people I need to thank, especially the other female competitors, and wonderful ladies in the office who made the event such a cracker. Finally thanks to Mick Neason, Rob Francis and Steve Kairl for respectively allowing me to race their Manx Norton, VFR400 & 125 race bikes. 

Costello was then given a tour of the Honda Australian Roadcraft Training centre by manager Rod Hill and soaked up some Aussie coolness, hanging out with Mikey and Jackie at the HQ of Australian custom bike builders Deus Ex Machina.

She will return home in time to host her first women only riding skills day at Silverstone on 10 April.
Costello’s road race season commences at the Cookstown 100 at the end of this month.


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