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Two more local motorcycle racing events were called off yesterday, due to the coronavirus outbreak

Two more local motorcycle racing events were called off yesterday, due to the coronavirus outbreak

Two more local motorcycle racing events were called off yesterday, due to the coronavirus outbreak

Two more local motorcycle racing events were called off yesterday, due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Saturday's Temple 100 meeting and the 44th running of the Enkalon Trophy races on Easter Saturday, incorporating rounds one and two of the Ulster Superbike Short Circuit Championship, both scheduled for Bishopscourt, join the Cookstown 100 in being shelved.

In a joint statement, the Temple Club and Motorcycle Road Racing Club of Ireland said: "We could unnecessarily put the NHS under more pressure than it is already enduring from the coronavirus outbreak through possible racing incidents."

The Cookstown 100, the opening road race of the 2020 calendar scheduled for April 24-25, was first to go on Saturday with the club hoping to run the event at a later date, possibly in September.

Cookstown club chairman John Dillon said: "After long discussions between the directors, it is with the deepest regret that the decision has been made to postpone the Cookstown 100 road races. The decision was taken on a precautionary basis due to the coronavirus situation, predicted to get worse in the forthcoming weeks."

Expect to see further announcements in the coming days on the Tandragee 100, North West 200 and Isle of Man TT.

A public petition to have the TT postponed is gathering momentum with 1,300 signatures, while another petition to run the event has reached 110 signatures.

The opening round of the ACU British Motocross Championship at the Little Silver track in Devon was postponed yesterday, not by coronavirus, but by the weather.

This leaves Martin Barr, John and Jason Meara and the rest of our local riders waiting until round two at Hawkstone Park, scheduled for March 29, to get their season under way.

There was action at the venue on Saturday as Portadown's Ethan Gawley, son of ex-short circuit star Darran, finished seventh in the opening race of the Judd KTM British Youth Championships automatic class.

Closer to home on Saturday, the opening round of the MRA (Ireland) HTM Ulster Youth MX Championship took place at Desertmartin where Nathan Green took the overall honours in the Premier class with two wins and a second, while in the Intermediate class Niall Cregan was undefeated in his three races.

There was a clean sweep for Reece Ross in Big Wheel 85cc, while Benas Blazevicus topped the Small Wheel 85cc class with a win and two seconds.

Shane O'Neill and Bobby Burns were top Junior 65cc and Cadet winners, while Ben Egerton scooped the auto class.

Belfast Telegraph