THE North East club and Melville MC have been forced to abandoned what remained of their 2020 seasons after an announcement today by officials at East Fortune.
While Melville’s September round and the NEMCRC’s October meeting at the Scottish circuit looked like they may still go ahead, MMC Chairman Gordon Dingwall revealed today that overruling factors meant the club would not go ahead with its finale.
The club boss revealed that consideration was taken as regards additional toilets and staffing, restriction of entries, paddock space, local authority and police consent, spectator restrictions and rider entourage limits.
“We were keen to have an event this September at East Fortune, but after careful consideration we do not feel that we are able to hold a safe event under the current restrictions in place due to Covid-19,” Dingwall said.
“I myself would not feel comfortable putting our valued volunteers at risk or if anyone were to fall ill with Covid.
“We hope you all agree that this is correct decision to make for a part time volunteer circuit. And that we use this time to plan for next season in which will be our 50th anniversary year.”
Bosses at the NEMCRC were quick to act after Dingwall’s announcement this morning, as they now look to the standalone Battle of Britain meeting.
A statement from the club reads:
“NEMCRC reluctantly announce that the 2020 season is now null and void, as we are unable to run our final event in October.
“Melville Committee and Volunteers have worked very hard but having taken everything into consideration, are unable to safeguard everyone under the current circumstances. We appreciate their hard work in the past months to try to enable racing to take place.
“We hope to see most of you at the DDMC Battle of Britain Meeting in September. This will be on a first come, first served basis and will be the only motorcycle event held at Croft this year.”