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North West 200 back on after fears famous race would be cancelled

The North West 200 will take place on the north coast in May. Picture by Stephen Davison
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The North West 200 is confirmed to be back on for this year after fears the road racing event would be cancelled over insurance costs.

All of the north's motorcycle road races for 2023 were scrapped in February before the club organising the NW200, which they say attracts over 195,000 visitors to the north coast each year, vowed to "fight" on and ensure the flagship race could go ahead.

Following a new insurance deal and a donation from Co Tyrone businessman Derek Keys, who owns the company Euro Auctions,, the Coleraine and District Motor Club said the world-famous race event would now take place as originally planned on May 7-13.

"Many businesses, both large and small, depend upon events like this to bring trade and prosperity into the North West area," Mr Keys said.

NW200 organiser Mervyn Whyte added: "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."

The Cookstown & District Motor Cycle Club also announced that the Cookstown 100 will go ahead as planned on its original date, 21st and 22nd April.


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