OFFICIALS at the MCRRCI have put paid to the postponed 2020 David Wood Memorial meeting as they announce today that the event will not run this year.
It was believed that the annual trophy races would be held late this summer after an early-season postponement, but chiefs have now put paid to hopes and axed the race altogether.
The memorial silverware, presented to the 600 rider who accumulates the most points over the four races, had been won by Jason Lynn (pictured) for the past three years. But with Lynn’s move to a big bike this season, a new winner was likely to be crowned.
A statement from event coordinator Mark Sanlon reads:
The IFS David Wood Trophy races, which had been scheduled for Saturday & Sunday 19th /20th September a round of the Ulster Superbike Championship, unfortunately have been cancelled as a direct result of the Covid 19 virus.
The IFS David Wood Trophy Race Promoters, Motorcycle Road Racing Club of Ireland (MCRRCI), requested advice from the various agencies involved with the running of the event along with sponsors. We can now confirm we will not be requesting an insurance permit from the MCUI (UC).
All aspects of putting this two-day event on have been considered as regards additional toilets and staffing, restriction of entries, circuit availability, paddock space, overnight staying, local authority, medical cover, and rider teams limits etc.
The MCUI (UC) Tarmac committee have already agreed back in June that there would not be any Championship events in 2020 and at the start of July the (UC) Management committee released a detailed COVID 19 Guidance document, for Resumption of Competition in response to Sport NI’s Framework.
The main points being and only when we reach stage 5: We will not resume unless given the ‘green light’ by NI Executive/Sport NI. We will not resume if it were to have a negative impact upon HSC (the NHS). The MCRRCI believe that with our sport being “high speed” there will always be a risk of injury and the need for our NHS services.
We can only thank our NHS for their services and commitment in the fight against covid 19 this year, they will need everyone to play their part in helping them return to normal services without adding any unnecessary risks.
I (Mark Sanlon) event co-ordinator, would not feel comfortable putting our valued volunteers, club members and officials at risk of contracting Covid19 . With a lot of uncertainty surrounding the coming months and getting to stage 5, we must mitigate the situation and adjust accordingly to protect our volunteers and communities. Nor do we want to put our valued sponsors under any financial pressure as they deal with the business aftermath of Covid 19 themselves.
We hope you all agree that this is the correct decision to make and that we use this time to implement the recommendations in the resumption of competition plan for our 2021 season. Our sport is a very selfish sport but currently there is a big risk to everyone, not just the competitors themselves. We hope for a full return of all our championship events in 2021.