Northern Ireland

North West 200: NI first minister makes flexibility pledge after rain cancellation

Racers shelter from heavy rain at the NW200
Racers sheltered from heavy rain at the NW200 on Saturday before the meeting was abandoned

Northern Ireland's first minister has said the government will do all it can to ensure the North West 200 is a more flexible event in future.

Peter Robinson made the remarks after racing scheduled for Saturday had to be abandoned due to heavy rain.

It was the second time in three years that bad weather has stopped the NW200.

Race director Mervyn Whyte has called for a change in road closing orders so the event can coincide with favourable weather conditions.

Only one race took place on Saturday before the decision was made to call off the event.

Organisers said rider safety was paramount after heavy rain made conditions difficult.

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