Vijayabahu Super Cross - 2018 : Ishan bags Best Rider’s award | Sunday Observer

Vijayabahu Super Cross - 2018 : Ishan bags Best Rider’s award

Junior riders who had to undergo many hardships encounter a mishap
Junior riders who had to undergo many hardships encounter a mishap

The 18th edition of the Vijayabahu Motor Cross organized by the Vijayabahu Infantry Regiment was concluded last Sunday at the Boyagane track on a grand note.

Ishan Dassanayake with his skillful riding collected the highest number of points and was declared as the Champion Rider who carried away the Regimental Commander’s Challenge Trophy offered for the Best Rider.

All renowned riders in the country were in action on this day but the weather conditions that prevailed on Sunday did not allow these riders to touch their maximum speeds due to slippery conditions.


Junior riders who had to undergo many hardships encounter a mishap  

Also the rains that came down during the races saw most of the riders face many difficulties in handling their machines. With these conditions there were many incidents that put a few riders off the track due to the wet conditions. But the riders never gave up and were seen back on the track looking for supremacy.

Special mention has to be made of the two top riders Ishan Dassanayke and the sole foreign rider, Japan’s Tomaya Suziki’s battle in the Group MX Racing Over 100cc up to 125cc 2/T and 175cc up to 250cc 4/T (Race 1) which was considered the most prestigious event of the day. It was Ishan in front from the word go in this 12 lap race followed by Tomaya in close pursuit. After the fifth lap it became a ding dong battle with Tomaya going past Ishan and again Ishan taking the lead many times and this was the race that gave the best for spectators.

The sixth lap saw disaster for the leader Ishan when his machine went out of the track disappointing all fans. Tomaya making good use of the situation went past and rode to the finish as the winner in the final race of the day.

The never say die Ishan was back on the track and finished as the runner up which also brought him valuable points to be the champion.

Buddhika Silva posed a big challenge to the top riders in all races as he competed but walked onto the podium twice as first and second runner-ups behind Ishan and Tomaya. His excellent jumping skills were good enough for him to go away with the Special Award for the longest jump.

Junior rider in the age categories over seven and over ten years were going through many hardships during their event with heavy rains coming down. But they never wanted to do away with the races and continued to race under these difficult conditions.

In these junior races Esala Madanayake, Hirusha Padukka and Dineth Mihiranga were the outstanding performers winning their respective races.

Nihal Wijeratne of Vijayabahu Regiment was awarded the Army Commander’s Challenge trophy for his excellent skills displayed on this day. Secretary to the Ministry of Defence Kapila Waidyaratne was the chief guest and gave away the main awards. Admiral Ravindra C Wijegunaratne (CDS), Commander of the Army Lt. General Mahesh Senanayake, Commander of the Vijayabahu Infantry Regiment were also present as Guests of Honor.

Results:

Group ‘M’: Standard/ Modified Motorcycles over 100CC up to 125cc 2/T (Defence Services)

1. Nihal Wijeratne, 2. M. N. Perera, 3. Raveesha Jayashan

Group J MX: Racing -50cc over 5 years and up to 10 years

1. Esala Madanayake, 2. N. Imasha Udathara, 3. Dineth Mihiranga

Group MX: Racing over 100cc up to 125cc 2/T

1. Ishan Dassanayake, 2. Buddhika Silva, 3. Sameera Premaratne

Group ‘M’: Standard/Modified Motorcycles over -100ccc up to 125cc 2/T

1. Nihal Vijeratne, 2. M. N. Perera, 3. Raveesha Jayashan

Group MX: Racing Over 100cc up to 125cc 2/T and 175cc up to 250cc 4/T (Race 1)

1. Tomaya Suzuki, 2. Ishan Dassanayake, 3. Buddika Silva

Group J MX: Racing: 65cc up to 85cc 2/ T - over 9 years up to 12 years

1. Hirusha Padukka, 2. Ravindu Rasen Ratnayake, 3. Irosh Samarasekara

Group ‘M’ - Standard Modified Street Trail motorcycles - Including 125cc 2/T up to 250cc 4/T –(Race 1)

1. Lahiru Jeewantha, 2. Evon Beyagee Gurusinghe, 3. Madura Peiris

Racing over 79cc up to 85cc 2/T and 100cc up to150cc 4/T under 15 years (Race 1)

1. D.M.D. Kalhara Devaraj, 2. S.M. Abishek, 3. Gagana Fernando

Group J MX - Racing motorcycles 50cc up to 65cc 2/T over 7 years

1. Dineth Mihiranga, 2. Rosidhu Mithmal Sudasinghe, 3. Esala Madanayake

Group ‘M’ Standard Modified Street Trail Motorcycles - including 125cc 2/T up to 250cc 4/T - Race 2)

1. Evon Beyagee Gurusinghe, 2. Lahiru Jeewantha, 3. Madura Peiris

Group Racing Motorcycles over 79cc up to 85cc2/T and 100 up to150cc 4/T under 15 years (Race 2)

1. Kesara Godage, 2. D.M.D. Kalhara Devaraj, 3. Gagana Fernando

Group MX – Racing motorcycles over 100cc up to 125cc 2/T and 175cc up to 250CC 4/T (Race 2)

1. Tomaya Suzuki, 2. Ishan Dassanayake, 3. Evon Beyagee Gurusinghe

Wedisinghe Memorial Trophy for Longest Jump: 1. Buddika Silva 


Tomaya Suziki the Japanese rider who won the main event flanked by runners-up Ishan Dassanayake, Evon Biyagee Gurusinghe
and Lahiru Jeewantha after receiving their trophies from Commander of the VIR Ajith Kariyakarawana. 

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