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North West 200 and all motorcycle road races in Northern Ireland cancelled for 2023

Due to insurmountable Public Liability insurance expenses, the 2023 North West 200 and all motorcycle road races, short circuit, and trials events in Northern Ireland have been called off.

This determination was made during an emergency gathering of the Motor Cycle Union of Ireland (Ulster Centre) held on Thursday evening.

In a statement, Motorcycle Union of Ireland (Ulster Centre) chairman John Dillon said meetings had been held on both Monday and Thursday about the issue.

“The consensus was that the costs proposed were, at this time, unsustainable for most clubs in order to provide the required public liability cover to run our planned events,” he said.

“The MCUI (UC) will, however, continue to pursue all options for the provision of Public Liability insurance, should they arise in the near future.

“We appreciate that this situation is far from ideal, however although we have been unable to secure the running of events for this year, this arrangement and decision will go a little way to at least allowing licence holders the opportunity to engage in competitive events, should they wish, with the appropriate cover and security.”