In light of recent developments in the COVID-19 crisis, and following the address to the nation by the Prime Minister on the evening of 23rd March, the Auto-Cycle Union has today extended its suspension of all organising permits for motorcycle events until at least 31st May but will be constantly reviewed.
This move provides clear guidance to event organisers, clubs, venues, competitors, officials of the role that the Auto-Cycle Union must play in supporting the broader UK public health agenda.
Auto-Cycle Union Chairman, Roy Humphrey explained, “The government have required that we effectively lock-down for a period of three weeks, however given that the most vulnerable in our society are required to isolate for three months, we feel it only sensible to propose a longer suspension for all motorcycle sport. This is a time of national unity and we need to come together with the broader public community to do all we can to support this battle and ultimately save lives.
This evening, Health Secretary, Matt Hancock said the Government is launching a new scheme to recruit 250,000 volunteers to support the NHS through the coronavirus pandemic. A quarter of a million volunteers, people in good health to help the NHS, for shopping, for the delivery of medicines and to support those who are shielding to protect their own health. We may not be involved in any sporting activities, but, we could help support the NHS through this pandemic!” More information can be found here – https://www.goodsamapp.org/NHS
Auto-Cycle Union will continue to monitor the prevailing advice from the UK Government in respect of the COVID-19 international pandemic and will update the motorcycle community accordingly.
MSVR and MCRCB Updates – http://www.britishsuperbike.com/news/statement-from-msvr-regarding-covid-19-and-the-2020-bennetts-british-superbike-championship-march-24-update/
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We are cancelling the 30th April and 28th May dates at the request of the Auto Cycle Union who are our governing body.
All road racing is currently cancelled, including the TT in early June.
We are required to have two ambulances with paramedics in attendance on every date, although in 8 years they have never been used.
We had worked out how to deliver the training at the required ‘social distance’, by using the large covered building on site that used to be a grain store, but clearly the NHS will, if the predictions are correct, need every single trained worker and more.
We are currently still planning to run on 25th June, as there is also the scenario that containment fails and the peak is past, but will be reviewing the situation regularly.
We intend to cancel any event a minimum of a month in advance to avoid messing riders about, and will move existing bookings where we cannot run that date.