It should have been a record-breaking season for Kerry motorcycle racers
Up to ten riders had planned on contesting the Dunlop Masters Superbike Championship at Mondello Park
Instead, the Coronavirus pandemic conspired against the and now they will be lucky to see any sort domestic track action at all
Last week, the County Kildare track, announced it was prioritising the return of car racing as management there feel they can manage social distancing rules better in that category.
While Mondello has not ruled out the return of motorcycle racing it seems that the July Masters meeting will not go ahead.
It was another blow for Kerry riders who are ready for action but have nowhere to go.
Emmet O’Grady was due to continue with the Dublin-based TAG Honda Team for 2020, the 2018 Irish Masters Champion will compete in the Superbike Pro Class.
Tralee’s Robert O’Connell finished second in last year’s Production Championship and was due to step up the exciting Supersport 600 Group this season, while Darragh Crean was scheduled to make his debut in the Production Twin class.
Ballyduff’s Anthony O’Carroll launched an ambitious programme at the No Hopers Motorcycle Club’s 30th annual ‘Down and Out Rally’ in March.
Killarney racer Frank Doherty finished second in the Superbike Cup last season and was hoping to go one better this year.
Fellow Killarney man Kevin Coyne was hopeful of contesting the Irish series before heading across the water to race in some rounds of the later British Superbike Championship rounds.
Without the prospect of any domestic action this year he may bring forward his British ambitions but calendars are not, just yet, finalised over there.
Dean O’Grady, Der O’Rahilly and John Griffin were among the other Kerry riders who had committed to a full or partial Mondello campaign this year.
This article originally appeared in the The Kerryman. Kerry Motorsport News is the content provider for The Kerryman