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Costello MBE To Pilot Paton’s Fabled S1-R Steed At TT 2019

Manx GP, Classic TT podium finisher Maria Costello MBE will form part of Paton’s Lightweight class challenge at TT 2019, having secured a Mark Coverdale backed S1-R Paton for this May/June’s Mountain Course action.

Over 17 years a competitor on the fabled, mythical Mountain Course, Costello MBE’s accomplished TT CV includes four top 20 finishes, including 12th, 18th place finishes respectively in the Bennetts Lightweight encounters from 2016 and 2017.

Third within the 2016 Senior Classic TT aboard the Beugger Racing Paton, TT Riders Association President Costello MBE, is hugely looking forward to piloting more proven, exotic, high spec Italian machinery at TT 2019.

Photo by Mark Corlett

Speaking recently about the season ahead, which will also see her return to the North West 200 and Ulster Grand Prix, plus the new challenges aboard the Coverdale Paton, which she piloted at last July’s Southern 100, she stated:

“This is a fantastic opportunity for me. I tried this Paton last year and, I only did a few laps, but it’s on another level in performance and handling.

This makes me very excited about the added potential this gives me at all the International road races, especially the TT.”

Supplier of the top draw S1-R Paton mount, great road racing supporter Mark Coverdale, who’s machines enjoyed success a plenty last year in the hands of Ian Lougher, Joe Thompson and James Chawke, added:

“I am delighted to be able to support Maria with sponsorship and lending her one of my Paton’s.

Maria is an excellent road racer and is inspirational in her dedication to supporting road racing, educating youngsters and encouraging women to enter the sport.

Her success with this brand has been seen before with her podium at the Classic TT. It’s a breed of bike that really suits her. I am really looking forward to seeing her achieve more successes this season.”

Words by Stevie Rial