Schoots pulls out of IRRC with safety concerns

Schoots in action at the 2018 North West 200
Schoots in action at the 2018 North West 200 Picture: Impact Images

Dutch rider Nadieh Schoots has decided against racing in the 2019 International Road Racing Championship after a big crash last season smashed her confidence in the organisers.

Schoots was seriously injured in a warm-up lap pile-up at Frohburg in September and will now focus on her build-up to the Isle of Man TT in 2020, where she will make her debut.

“The team have found this an incredibly tough decision to come to, and they hope the European fans understand that safety comes first, even in road racing. Rebel Racing promises they will return to at least Imatra and Horice in the future, when organisations no longer allow coasting,” said a Rebel Racing team statement.

Schoots will take part in selected Irish road races including the North West and Ulster GP, and also Macau in November.

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