BOSSES of the Ulster SBK series have been forced to put their first and second rounds of 2020 on ice amid continuing fears of the coronavirus outbreak.
The Temple 100 event, which was set to run next Saturday, March 21 at Bishopscourt Racing Circuit and the 44th Enkalon Trophy Races, which had been scheduled for Easter Saturday, April 11 also at Bishopscourt, have now been postponed as a result of Covid-19’s continued spread.
A statement from race chiefs reads:
The Temple 100 and Enkalon Trophy Races Promoters, The Temple Motorcycle Club and Motorcycle Road Racing Club of Ireland, after consulting and obtaining advice from various departments including Medical, the joint Club Officials can announce the postponement of the two Events.
Amid continued health concerns and with the World Health Organisation declaring the coronavirus as a global health emergency, we have decided to accept the facts and responsibilities to our local communities and postpone our events in order to ensure the health and safety of the events staff, USBK championship participants and fans.
We must mitigate each situation and adjust accordingly to protect our volunteers, many of which could be vulnerable either by age or other underlaying medical conditions putting them at a higher risk to the virus.
With any high-speed motorcycle event, we could unnecessarily put the NHS under more pressure through possible racing incidents. We appreciate the great caring service from the NHS staff under normal circumstances for event injured, hopefully this will ease some of the pressure on them at this time.
We hope through our actions now, that this may help stop spreading this virus throughout our communities and hope for a quicker return of all sporting events soon.
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