WESS rounds one and two, Extreme XL Lagares and Trefle Lozerien AMV join the list of events called off – Lagares rescheduled.
Due to the global Coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak, the opening two rounds of the 2020 WESS Enduro World Championship, Extreme XL Lagares in Portugal, and Trefle Lozerien AMV in France have been postponed and cancelled respetively.
WESS Promotion GmbH and Extreme XL Lagares event organisers have postponed the race scheduled for May 8-10 in Porto until October 2-4.
Paulo Moreira Melicia, Extreme XL Lagares director says postponing the event was a difficult decision but the right one: “Public health and safety must always come before the enjoyment of racing. Despite the situation we are all facing, our passion has not faltered and therefore we will put all of our energy into hosting a spectacular event in October.”
The safety of competitors, spectators, staff and those living in and around Porto is the priority and the current situation within the Porto region of Portugal is, as one friend tells us, “chaos”.
Le Tref French Classic cancelled
The news also arrives today, March 18, that Trefle Lozerien AMV, round two of the championship due to run across May 21-23 has also been cancelled.
“This decision was extremely difficult to make,” says Emilien Osmont, President of the Moto Club Lozère. “After many exchanges with the members of the Moto Club Lozère's office, the organization committee and the former club officials, this was the solution wisest for the future of the event and the club.”
Osmont goes on to explain: “Maintaining the date with the risk of cancelling two weeks before would have been suicidal.”
WESS doing the right thing
The WESS press release goes on to say WESS Promotion GmbH are in daily contact with all event organisers and are monitoring the situation regards any further possible disruption to the current schedule.
It’s heartening to see the words postponed and not cancelled at least with Lagares but obviously sad news for French Enduro fans as Le Tref is a huge event. There is no exact date set for the rescheduling of Lagares but that provisional October date is on the table.
“Clearly the impact Coronavirus is having around the world is incredibly distressing and far more important.” Explains WESS Enduro World Championship series manager, Winfried Kerschhaggl.
“As such, it goes without saying that doing the right thing is all that matters. Playing our part to curb this virus is the most important thing we can do. The safety of everyone in the wider northern Portugal area, our competitors, spectators and staff must be put first. Like everyone, we are constantly monitoring the situation and are seeking as much professional advice as possible.”
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