Former Manx Grand Prix Champion Darryl Tweed says that he has learned to adapt to life in lockdown after the road racing calendar was decimated due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Ballymoney man should have been engrossed in preparation for the International North West 200, which is less than ten miles from home for Tweed.
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However, this week things are a little bit different for the 29-year-old as he finds himself reflecting on what might have been as his bikes remain parked in the garage until the current situation improves.
“It has been disappointing more than anything that things panned out the way they have.” Tweed admitted.
“Coronavirus has put an end to the season before it even got started which is frustrating in a way because thousands of people look forward to the season starting every year.
It isn’t just the riders and teams that find the winter long, fans do as well but unfortunately there is nothing we can do at the present time.”
As hope fades for any two-wheeled action this year, organisers of the Cookstown 100 have highlighted aspirations to hold a race in County Tyrone in September. At this stage, nothing has been confirmed.
However, Cookstown Club chairman John Dillon confirmed in a statement online recently that event organisers have made inquiries surrounding a Road Closing Order and Permit from the Motorcycling Union of Ireland’s Ulster Centre in an attempt to get bikes on the grid this year.
And, with negotiations still believed to be ongoing, Tweed admits that the recent developments come as welcomed news.
“I have seen that see the Cookstown club are pushing hard to get something sorted for September and that would be absolutely fantastic.” he admitted.
“That would be around four months away and it is hard to predict what the situation would be like then but it would give us all something to look forward to as such.
It would be a run-out and I don’t think it would be as competitive as there wouldn’t be Championship points at stake but at the end of the day it is a run-out.” added the 29-year-old.
Two months ago, Darryl was brimming with confidence having taken delivery of a new Yamaha R6 ahead of the new season. However, his plans were put on hold after Coronavirus put an end to any plans of testing at Almeria in Spain ahead of the National season, which was due to get underway at the annual Cookstown 100 three-weeks-ago.
Such is his nature, the laid-back North Antrim man is making the best of the current situation preparing his bikes until the chequered flag is raised to go racing again.
“We have had plenty of time to get our bikes prepared and we have been afforded more time to get things prepared better and tried to learn new things.” he said.
Obviously I had been given a brand new R6 which was supplied to me by Stanley Stewart Racing for this year and the bike is sitting ready until such times as we can go racing again.”
Words by Rob Smith