THE Auto Cycle Union is set to announce plans for motorcycle sporting events in the near future following the UK government’s update in a fortnight.
As Britain is set to remain in lockdown for at least another two weeks thanks to the Covid-19 pandemic, the ACU – the country’s governing body for two and three-wheeled sport – will be putting off making any concrete decisions until after Prime Minister Boris Johnson and co have had their say on May 7.
The PM and his cabinet are planning to review the situation and update any restrictions accordingly in 13 days’ time, after which bike racers will have a much better idea when they may be able to finally hit the track again.
And for some riders, this could be an indication of when they will be allowed to finally get their season underway.
A statement released today by ACU General Secretary Neil Doctor reads:
…The ACU Board of Directors met via virtual conference call on Thursday 23rd April, to discuss and review our current suspension of ACU activity until 31st May 2020. As the Government announced last week, the current lockdown restrictions will remain until at least 7th May and would, again, be reviewed on that date.
With this in mind, the Directors unanimously agreed that it would only be right that the ACU should wait until the Government decides their next course of action after 7th May, ie. whether the current lockdown policy will continue or whether the lockdown will be lifted with restrictions. I am sure you will agree that for the time being the most important thing is that no additional or unnecessary pressure is brought to bear on the National Health Service who as we all know are doing an outstanding job and something as a nation we are quite rightly very proud of.
So, the message is, keep safe and stay at home, only make necessary trips for shopping/medication and be patient. This won’t last forever, and all we can do at the moment is follow the Government guidance and advice and in doing so maintain the support to the NHS.
Once the UK Government have given their decision on 7th May, very shortly thereafter, we will send out another statement outlining the ACU’s position going forward.
The ACU Board represented by officials from Road Race, Trials, Track Racing, Motocross and Enduro disciplines would like to thank the input from other government authorised permit issuing bodies for their valued comments.