NORTHERN Ireland’s governing body for bike racing has made the call to suspend all action until at least June amid continued uncertainty.
With no action for at least another four months, the Ulster SBK championship is set to lead the charge to get things underway, if restrictions are eased, with its June 5 season opener at Kirkistown – the only circuit to host a round last season.
A statement from the governing body reads reads:
The Directors and Management of the Motorcycle Union of Ireland (Ulster Centre) Ltd have taken the unfortunate but unavoidable decision to suspend the start of the 2021 Sporting Event Calendar.
Due to the current fluid situation with Covid 19 restrictions combined with pressure on our NHS, we believe this is the only responsible decision we can make at this time.
We will review the situation as and when Government restriction is eased. Currently we are taking all guidance, advice from the Northern Ireland Executive, Minster of Health, Department of Communities and SportNI.
The Cookstown 100 are planning on running again in September as they managed to do in 2020. Armoy Road Race club are still hopeful of running on their end of July date.
Our first tarmac event is now planned for 5th June at Kirkistown, the first round of the Ulster Superbike Championship (USBK) and with several more rounds planned between June & October.
2020 was almost a wipe out of all our events with only one Road Race and one short circuit managing to run between the restriction and only with authority from Government departments.
This announcement will be very disappointing for our Licence holders, Clubs, and supporters, but we must do what is best to keep everyone in the communities safe.
News from the Ulster branch follows the recent announcement that the Southern Centre arm of the MCUI has axed all road races bar the Skerries 100, which is tentatively scheduled to run in July.