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The Armoy Road Races, including the Bayview Hotel Race of Legends - the final Ulster road race of the 2020 season - have fallen victim to the coronavirus health crisis

The Armoy Road Races, including the Bayview Hotel Race of Legends - the final Ulster road race of the 2020 season - have fallen victim to the coronavirus health crisis

The Armoy Road Races, including the Bayview Hotel Race of Legends - the final Ulster road race of the 2020 season - have fallen victim to the coronavirus health crisis

The Armoy Road Races, including the Bayview Hotel Race of Legends - the final Ulster road race of the 2020 season - have fallen victim to the coronavirus health crisis.

In a statement issued yesterday, the directors and chairman of Armoy Motorcycle Road Racing Club Ltd said: "Scheduled to take place on July 24-25, the road race has unfortunately been cancelled. Throughout the course of the last few weeks, we had continued to plan for our race in the event that restrictions could be lifted or relaxed.

"However, in light of the recent review by local government and the economic impact on everyone, we believe cancelling until 2021 is in the best interests of all concerned.

"We would like to extend our thanks to our sponsors, not least our title sponsor Bayview Hotel, Portballintrae, for their commitment to Armoy again in 2020 and their understanding of our decision to cancel this year's event. We send all our best wishes in these difficult and uncertain times.

"We apologise for any disruption this cancellation may cause to those of you who had made travel plans to come to Armoy, but we hope to see you all again in the near future."

Of the planned 11 road races in Ireland this season, all have been cancelled or postponed along with the Isle of Man TT, Southern 100, pre-TT Classic and post-TT events.

The Classic TT and Manx Grand Prix are still scheduled for the end of August, but a decision is to be taken as to whether it runs or not.

Michael Dunlop has a remarkable record around the picturesque 3.008-mile Armoy circuit made famous by his uncles Mervyn Robinson and Joey and Jim Dunlop, plus Frank Kennedy (the Armoy Armada) in the late 1970s.

Michael has won the Race of Legends eight times in succession, last year's coming just 16 days after he broke his pelvis and ribs and chipped a bone in his hip in a high side during the Southern 100 to add to pre-season shoulder injuries from a testing crash before the NW200.

Belfast Telegraph