Munster 100 organisers the Cork Motorcycle Racing & Vintage Club are looking forward to welcoming racers, teams, marshals back to the fast, flowing three miles long Glanmire course in 2021, following the Coronavirus pandemic putting pay to competition in 2020.
Last year at Glanmire saw Derek Sheils secure his third Irish Road Race Superbike Championship title, plus emerge victorious within enthralling Open Championship, Grand Final races, holding off the firm attentions of 2019 Duke Road Race Rankings Champion Michael Sweeney.
Photo by Stephen Davison
Disappointed but philosophical about why they have had to cancel the Munster 100 for 2020, the Cork Motorcycle Racing & Vintage Club issued the following statement:
“Given the current restrictions and concerns to public health surrounding the Coronavirus, the organisers of the Munster 100 Road Races can confirm that the races due to take place over the weekend of the 27th & 28th of June 2020 in Glanmire will, unfortunately, NOT go ahead.
Following recent statements from the Motorcycle Union of Ireland Southern Centre, whom are out governing body, we have been left with no choice but to cancel the event amid the growing concerns for public safety.
It is regrettable that we have to cancel the road races for 2020 given the success of the event in 2019 having rekindled the Munster 100 for the first time in 6 years.
The Cork Motorcycle Racing and Vintage Club fully support the decision taken by the MCUI S/C and we hope that through everyone’s efforts we will flatten the curve in the immediate future and remember that it’s in our hands to stop the spread of the virus.”
“There has been, and will be for the foreseeable future, a huge demand on our public health system in light of the Coronavirus pandemic and the organisers do not wish to cause any further possible strain on the healthcare system in attracting large crowds during a period when we attempt to curb the effect of this viral outbreak.
We would also like to take this chance to express our thanks to local residents, landowners, businesses and supporters of the road races whom have once again given their backing to the road races and we look forward to seeing motorcycles rounding Killalough Cross in 2021.
At a time when the health of our nation is at risk motorcycle racing pales into insignificance and we urge all our supporters to stay safe, social distance yourselves and to think about the vulnerable in your community.
Yours in sport,
Words by Stevie Rial, statement by Cork Motorcycle Racing & Vintage Club