MRA offer update on current situation
The Officers and Directors of the Motorcycle Racing Association (Ireland) Ltd., official Governing Body of Off Road Motorcycle Sport in Ulster would like to update all competitors and members of the current situation regarding a return to competition as there are some ill-informed rumours currently circulating on social media.
As per the published plan for a return to competition, the Directors would like to categorically state that contrary to claims made online, the annual Insurance has not been cancelled as this was paid in full in November 2019 as usual.
The MRA Directors are committed to a return to racing as soon as possible in line with the Operational Plan, and the NI Executives Five Stage Strategy.
The MRA have been working with, and taking advice from numerous Government agencies, including the Department for Communities, SportNI, NI Sports Forum and our own Insurers, Sports Insure on every avenue to ensure a safe return to competition.
We do not envisage any competition before Stage 5 of the NI Executives plan, and as our previous announcement of 17th March 2020 stated, ALL motorcycling activity is suspended until we have all clear from the above agencies.
We would ask our competitors and licence holders to observe the current lock down protocols and keep the pressure off our NHS Services.
We would like to pass on our appreciation and gratitude to all the staff at Department for Communities, SportNI and NI Sports Forum for the hard work and support they are putting in to ensure a safe return to all sporting action as soon as possible.
Thanks to everyone for their patience and understanding in these extraordinary times, and please, take this pandemic seriously and stay safe.
Words: Malcolm Beattie