BRITISH speedway is now “unlikely” to begin until at least June 15 amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The British Speedway Promoters Association (BSPA) had initially halted the start of the campaign until April 15.

But following a statement released today, they admitted the season was likely to be put back for another two months.

The statement said: “The board members of the British Speedway Promoters Ltd are continuing to monitor the situation regarding the Coronavirus crisis on a regular basis.

“With the latest information from the government stating high risk groups of people should stay at home for 12 weeks, it is unlikely that that there will be any British Speedway events taking place before June 15, at least.

“The board have to consider the public, their members, riders and officials, some of which will be included in the high-risk group.

“It is the wish of the board that every effort is made to start the new season at the first available opportunity and we have members of the association continuing to provide alternative fixture dates as the situation evolves.”

Pirates had been due to begin their SGB Championship campaign at home to Somerset on April 1.