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MCE Insurance Ulster Grand Prix: Patricia Fernandez Confident Of Increasing Fastest Female Record

America’s Patricia Fernandez is confident of increasing her record as the fastest female competitor, around Dundrod, at the 2017 MCE Insurance Ulster Grand Prix.

Patricia who recently sampled the popular Armoy Road Races, current record speed at Dundrod, stands at a very creditable 118.264 mph.

Competing again under the Magic Bullet Racing banner on YZF R6 Yamaha, plus ZX-10 Kawasaki machinery, Patricia’s main goals for her fourth Ulster GP campaign, include lapping over the 120 mph mark.

Photo courtesy of Rachel McFarlane

Speaking at the launch of GymCo providing title sponsorship for the Dundrod 150, Ultra Lightweight/Lightweight race, she stated:

“This year I’m feeling more confident and I want to keep building up my speed. We have a 600 again this year but we also have a Superstock for the first time as well so that should give me more seat time. The big thing is that we’re aiming to build on the record this year.

I’ll definitely go faster on my 600 but the big bike is even quicker. If the conditions are right we’ll break 120 mph, and that’s my big goal. I’m not going home until I break that anyway, they’ll have to keep the roads open for me!”

Going onto add about her expectations, within the marque 1000cc races, she said:

“125 mph on the Superstock would be nice, but I don’t like to set goals like that as there are so many things you can’t control with road racing, and this is a completely different bike.

I respect it and its potential, so I’m going to build up to it. As long as I can go faster than I did last year I’ll be happy.”

Words by Stevie Rial