The biggest event to be saved as a result of the revised insurance quote is the North West 200, which had already stated it was working on ensuring the event went ahead as planned. It will now fill its planned slot on 11th-13th May, where the likes of Peter Hickman, Michael Dunlop, Dean Harrison and Davey Todd will compete around the 8.9-mile Triangle circuit at speeds over 200mph.
A donation from County Tyrone businessman Derek Keys and his business Euro Auctions has also played a major part in saving the North West 200’s 2023 event, and the event chief Mervyn Whyte paid tribute to Keys in his own statement.
“We are very grateful to Derek Keys and Euro Auctions for this very generous support,” said Whyte. “In the absence of any financial assistance from government, the sport has been left to its own devices to deal with the insurance crisis. Mr Keys intervention has been crucial in saving this year’s North West 200. We also wish to express our gratitude to the many members of the motorcycle racing community who donated so generously to the crowd funding initiative launched by the Motorcycle Union of Ireland, Ulster Centre.”
The Armoy and Cookstown 100 national road races are also expected to take place, as well as short circuit and trials events.
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