BRITISH Speedway has suspended the start of the 2020 season due to the global Coronavirus crisis.
A statement from the BSPA and SCB has confirmed there will be no racing for at least the first month of the campaign, with the position to be reviewed on April 15 taking into account government advice.
All speedway events up to that date are postponed, which naturally includes the scheduled East Midlands Bowl fixture between Leicester and Coventry on Saturday April 11.
We hope that once things do get up and running, it will be possible to run this event, although obviously we fully appreciate that Leicester's official commitments in both the Championship and the National League will have to take priority.
Former Coventry riders Stuart Robson, Josh Auty and Todd Kurtz - and our long-standing rival team manaager Neil Middleditch - were all due to hold Testimonial or Farewell meetings in the next week, which have now also been postponed.
We sincerely hope that both British Speedway and the stock car fraternity are able to get through these difficult times along with all other sports, and can re-launch when it is safe to do so.
This suspension in no way alters the work and aspirations of the Campaign Group, and whilst we are unable to provide any public updates at this stage, rest assured that we are still doing our very best to progress matters.
Only last week, fire crews were again called out to Brandon as a direct result not only of wanton vandalism, but also of the lack of security that has been on the site since speedway and stock car racing were forced out. This underlines that whilst the situation is allowed to continue, it is not only the sports fans, but also the local residents, who are being treated with contempt.