The Auto Cycle Union, the MC Federation and the Amateur Motor Cycle Association, the main governing bodies for motorcycle sport in the UK, have finally given clubs the go ahead to organise events under restricted conditions now the Government has eased the Covid-19 restrictions.

The Cumbria MX Club, who have been running practice days under MCF rules with limited numbers on the Route 44 track at Haverigg, are holding their first long awaited race meeting on July 11 and 12.

Overnight camping is permitted but social distancing rules will obviously have to be observed and all entries made online.

Contact Lianne now on 07752 964564 or Sam on 07907 431202 if you intend to compete.

Not too far away, the Westmorland Club, who operate under ACU rules, are holding a trial at the Back`O the Fell Road venue near Lindale this coming Sunday, starting at 11am.

Again, entries are only being taken online via ACU on ine events.

The usual pre-course inspection by riders before tackling the various sections will only be permitted on the first lap, and to further comply with the ACU mandate, riders are not to exceed more than six in a group when moving from section to section.

Adults and youths are both catered for, but if you do intend on riding and haven't already entered. you'll have to be sharp, as entries close tomorrow.

The club are also holding their Kendal Classic Revival Scramble on Sunday, August 9 at Lane End Farm, which adjoins the West County Showground just north of Crooklands (postcode LA7 7NH).

It's always a popular event, this one, giving spectators the chance to see classic scrambles machines like the BSA Gold Star, Ariel, Greeves, Tribsa, Maico`s, Dot`s etc and some early Japanese models of yesteryear are being put through their paces again.

It will be great to see these classic motorcycles back in action instead of rusting away in a shed somewhere

The same Covid-19 restrictions are in place, only one bike per class will be permitted and social distancing by competitors and spectators will have to be adhered to.

* The road racing fraternity have been given the green light too.

The televised British Superbike series recently announced a revised fixture list, starting at Donington on August 7/8, followed by Snetterton (August 21-23), Silverstone (September 4-6), Oulton Park (September 18-20, Donington (October 2-4), and Brands Hatch (October 16-18.

At present, spectators will only be admitted on race days, meaning no overnight camping.

Unfortunately, there will be no paddock access and only competitors will be allowed to stay overnight.

Full hygiene and social distancing rulings will still apply, but these rulings are to be reviewed at the end of the month.

Nearer to home, the organisers of the Olivers Mount Circuit in Scarborough will be operating under the same conditions. They are holding the Barry Sheene memorial meeting from August 14-16.

* British Superike star Christian Iddon, who many of you may recall was guest of honour at The Furness & South Cumbria Sports Awards a couple of years ago and has many followers here in Furness, is all set to contest this year’s series.

He was out testing the new Paul Bird Ducati at the Knockhill circuit in Scotland last weekend in readiness and is really impressed with its performance.

He has proved many times he is capable of mixing it with the frontrunners, but injuries and niggling machine problems held him back last season.

I’m sure with the Penrith-based Paul Bird set-up, whose machines have previously won the series, he’s going to be the man to watch this year.

* The Department of Transport are considering heavier penalties for motorcyclists exceeding the present 86 decibel noise limits.

Residents in the Yorkshire Dales are campaigning for vehicle-free days amid concerns of noise from motorcyles with illegal exhausts, claiming they have been ruining the peace and tranquillity of the area for decades.

Other National Parks have been trialling vehicle-free days for one day a month to allow cyclists, walkers or horses to enjoy traffic-free areas and some peace and quiet.

Evidently, the area between Hawes and the Devils Bridge (right) has the worst offenders.

All the groups representing motorcyclists welcome the action. They quite rightly say it’s a small group of irresponsible riders that tarnish the reputation of the majority of motorcyclists .

Footnote: The free parking concessions in Barrow town centre came to an end this week, it’s back to pay as you park so don`t get caught out!