The North West 200 is falling under the shadow of the coronavirus outbreak.
The North West 200 is falling under the shadow of the coronavirus outbreak.

Organisers of the North West 200 road race are meeting with Northern Ireland’s Chief Medical Officer today (Monday) to discuss what they are going to do in light of the coronavirus outbreak.

Over the weekend it was announced that the Cookstown 100 race, which was meant to happen on April 24th to the 25th had been postponed and could now be rescheduled to a date in September. On Sunday it was confirmed to Kyle White at the Belfast News Letter that the first two rounds of the Ulster Superbike Championship have been postponed indefinitely.

This Wednesday’s official launch of the 2020 North West 200 event in Coleraine has also been postponed. However, a statement by the North West 200 officials has said: “There are no plans to cancel Race Week at this time.

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“Hopefully, following Monday’s meeting, further information will be issued re rescheduling of the Meet the Stars event during the coming weeks.”

The North West 200 is due to happen on May 12th to the 16th.

According to the News Letter, things are looking increasingly worriesome for the Isle of Man TT, too with several top teams reportedly being consulted about possibly pushing the event from June to August – the idea being that the TT itself happens in the time slot when the Classic TT is due to happen. But this seems to be JUST a contingency plan at the moment with the official position on the 2020 TT event being that things will go ahead as expected on the Island from May 31 to June 12.

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Tony Carter

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