Bike racing gets the green light in Northern Ireland as spectators welcomed

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MOTORCYLE racing in Northern Ireland has finally received the official go-ahead as the government continues to ease lockdown restrictions.

And it’s good news for spectators, too, as they are now being welcomed so long as procedures are followed.

In an announcement today by the MCUI (Ulster Centre), Chairman John McClure revealed the government’s position was set to include competitive bike sport as he warned that fans would need to follow the rules.

“We have received permission from the Department for Communities and Sport NI to resume competitive motorcycle racing again, including spectators, as long as they can be controlled,” he said.

“However, it is vitally important that everyone complies with the social distancing and hygiene measures outlined in our guidance document, available on the MCUI website, and track and trace protocols.

“Event promoters will be required to complete an event specific COVID 19 Risk Assessment that outlines the measures they will put in place to respond to these exceptional circumstances.

“The MCUI UC would like to thank everyone at SportNI, Department for Communities and NI Sports Forum for their assistance during this emergency. We appreciate everyone’s patience and understanding in these extraordinary times, we are making progress together, but remember please, stay safe.”

The news comes as a relief to both fans and riders who have booked on to the Cookstown 100, currently scheduled for September 11-12, which could be one of the few road races to run this year.

While most of the road racing calendar has been decimated by the virus, there is still hope that the postponed Tandragee, as well as the Macau Grand Prix, may still run.

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