The 2020 North West 200 Road Racing Venue has been postponed following the Covid-19 pandemic seen globally. This decision was prompted after significant discussions were held with Public Health Officials and Government Representatives. Several other sporting venues throughout the United Kingdom have been postponed or terminated, which follows after Boris Johnson implemented social distancing measures. Organizers with North West 200 are unsure when the official launch of this event will be announced. It’ll be dependent on the condition of this pandemic by July 2020, which is the period when this virus is slated to be exterminated.
The Clerks Office with North West 200 determined that postponing the race would be challenging for organizers. Sporting analysts anticipated that it’d eventually be cancelled, with those analytic reporters being surprised to learn NW200 is merely postponed. It should be noted that these analysts expect it’ll inevitably be cancelled or delayed by twelve months. Racers themselves could become infected with Covid-19, prompting unexpected delays.
An official statement was provided through the North West 200 Clerk’s Office. It expressed that with the current restrictions in the United Kingdom, organizers were forced to postpone the May 10th to 16th venues by a prolonged period. Continued contact was held between public health officials and government representatives, with the CCGC and MCUI reviewing these conversations. Five parties collectively advised that postponing or cancelling the event is the best decision. Our paramount goal is to bring the North West 200 back to motorcyclists in Ireland, while also acting responsible and protecting our loyal fans. The statement concluded with NW200 expressing thanks towards stakeholders and sponsors, while even apologizing for any inconveniences this decision causes their business operations. This apology extended towards volunteers, competitors and race supporters.
It should be noted that the North West 200 postponement follows after the 2020 Isle of Man TT was cancelled, marking their first cancellation since 2001. NW200 has been terminated once in its existence, with that also being 2001 for an outbreak of Foot & Mouth Disease. Postponements also follow for the Manx Grand Prix, Classic TT, Cookstown 100 and Tandragee 100. We’ll keep our readers informed of any additional cancellations in the motorcyclist racing community.