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MCUI reveals new motorcycle road racing safety measures

John Donnan
John Donnan died after crashing at the Tandragee 100 race in May 2007

New measures have been announced which are aimed at improving motorcycle road racing safety in Northern Ireland.

The Ulster Branch of the Motorcycling Union of Ireland acted following concerns raised at the recent inquest into the death of rider John Donnan.

MCUI official Bill Kennedy said that "a lot of work has been ongoing" since Donnan's death in May 2007.

The new rules will prohibit marshals, photographers and other personnel from being on the course during races.

"It has been written into track certificates that there will be absolutely no trackside personnel (during races)," added Mr Kennedy.

The MCUI spokesman added that marshals and medical staff would be in position to quickly come to riders' aid if accidents did occur.

"The marshals will be very well trained. They all have to attend a seminar.

"There will be more run-off areas and more designated spectator areas to keep spectators in a more compounded area.

"Myself and the MCUI welcome any comments that are made that are going to improve and implement safety measures.

"That particular incident (the death of John Donnan) did happen in 2007.

"There has been a lot of work ongoing since 2007 and it is continuing to be ongoing.

"Every accident that happens at motorcycling is a tragedy for the rider and the family and everybody else. We all feel it."

Donnan was killed at the Tandragee 100 meeting in 2007 and the event will not take place this year.

A club statement in late January said that the decision had been taken "due to the current economic climate and circumstances beyond our control".

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see also
No Tandragee 100 races this year
29 Jan 10 |  Motorsport
Coroner warns of bike race safety
15 Jan 10 |  Northern Ireland
Rider Donnan killed at Tandragee
05 May 07 |  MotoGP

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