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Ulster Centre Branch Of MCUI Releases Statement On Events Possibility In 2020

The Ulster Centre branch of the MCUI (Motorcycle Union of Ireland) have released this evening an update from their point of view about the potentiality of road race events going ahead in 2020.

In recent days, conflicting opinions, varied debates online have arose in relation to the KDM Hire Cookstown 100 going ahead on the 11th-12th of September.

Photo by Rod Neill

The latest from the MCUI Ulster Centre regarding the possibility of the Cookstown 100 going ahead, plus the Tandragee 100, is showcased in a recent statement which reads as follows:

“The local Motorcycle Governing Body, the MCUI Ulster Centre have recently received a framework document from Sport NI, and are presently reviewing the 24 page document for guidance & compliance. Motorcycling (Motorsport) is classified as non contact (stage 5). We are currently in stage 1.

As guidance and restrictions continue to change, it is still too early to make any decision on all events and we will continue to develop our operational plan to resume if possible whilst continuing to review and communicate with the various relevant authorities in the coming months.

If any events were to go ahead it would only be with the support and agreement with our Government, Local Councils, PSNI, Insurance and the wonderful NHS.

Within the sport, we also need the agreement of the dedicated medical teams and first aiders, timekeepers, scrutineering, marshals, flag marshals and all the fantastic people it takes to run a race, not forgetting the people we’re actually all here for, the competitors and the race fans.

If it turns out that that’s not possible this year then at least the operational plan will have been developed so we’re a step closer to running next year.”

No matter what the final outcome is, one has to praise Cookstown, Tandragee organisers for their determination, grit to make Irish Road Racing a possibility in a year largely curtailed by the Coronavirus.

Words by Stevie Rial, statement by MCUI Ulster Centre

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