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Covid-19 lockdown restrictions ease and manufacturing kicks back into life – Beta Motor re-open production plant, Spanish riders able to train again, practice tracks slowly begin to open in parts of Europe.

 

As the first country in Europe to go into lockdown, and the home for many riders, teams and manufacturers in the world of enduro, Italy’s lead proved a definitive element of the Covid-19 crisis and its effects on our sport when government restrictions were imposed in early March. 

This week sees the easing of those lockdown restrictions in Italy beginning today, May 4. With it, Beta Motor (among others) are beginning production once again and bringing a tentative sigh of relief that things are slowly moving forward in the global crisis.

Good news also arrives from Spain where, from May 4, riders can now get back on their bikes to train so long as they follow the measures dictated by the RFME about distancing. After almost two months of confinement it was decreed off-road riders – both professionals and those members of the federation – can take their first step towards a return to normality.

For their part, Beta say their restart will be gradual to comply with the strict safety standards and to meet the still limited demand from the various markets across the world still under lockdown. They also add that by the end of May, “the new XTrainer will be introduced as forerunner of the Beta MY21 range.”

 
Beta Xtrainer My20 560
 

Meanwhile we hear news that some practice tracks, notably in northern Europe, have been opened over the early May weekend. 

Baby steps.

 

Photo Credit: Beta Motor
 
 
 
Byline jp ISDE 2018 Enduro21
Jon Pearson
Enduro21 Editor and Bike Tester
jon.pearson@enduro21.com