THE North West 200 has become the next victim of the coronavirus outbreak as chiefs today announce the postponement of the race.
After much speculation and following a trend which includes nearly all other motorcycle races – including the Isle of Man TT – organisers of the opening international road race of the year have been forced to follow suit.
A statement reads:
Given the current concerns and restrictions around the Coronavirus public health crisis, the organisers of the 2020 fonaCAB and Nicholl Oils North West 200 will postpone the May 10-16 Race Week.
Over the past two weeks we have been in constant contact with government and public health officials, representatives of Causeway Coast and Glens Council, and the sport’s governing body, the MCUI (UC).
Today’s decision has been based upon the advice and guidance received. Our paramount desire is to act responsibly and do all we can to protect everyone from the threat posed by the virus.
We enjoy the full support of loyal sponsors and stakeholders in making this decision but apologise for any inconvenience it has caused to them, our competitors, volunteers and race fans.
*Image: Derek Wilson