Following an incident in the first qualifying session at the 2023 Isle of Man TT Races, Maria Costello MBE has been withdrawn from competing at this year’s event under the instruction of the Chief Medical Officer.
Maria, who was scheduled to compete in the Supertwin and Sidecar Races on her Galgorm/FHO Racing machines, has been diagnosed with concussion by the event’s medical team after being struck by a fellow competitor during Supertwin practice at Ballaugh Bridge, when she was slowing down on the course with a possible issue with her Kawasaki machine on Monday afternoon (29 May).
With Maria’s TT challenge now sidelined for this year, Maria will be joining the TT presenting team covering all the TT action, which will be available to watch on TT+.
“Physically I feel absolutely fine in myself but, quite rightly, the medical team here take any possible head injury very seriously.”
“I’m hugely disappointed to miss out on what is the biggest event of my season, but I’ll be back next year. It takes a massive amount of effort and support to get here, something that I couldn’t do without the backing of my amazing team and sponsors, but they’ve been incredibly supportive through this very unfortunate situation.”
“I’ll stay on and enjoy the sunshine and the racing, and I’m looking forward to helping out on the TV coverage even more. I also want to wish Colin the very best for rest of the TT, having jumped in the chair alongside Alan Founds. I’ll be cheering them on!”