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Vijayabahu Motor Cross Dazzles Boyagane Motor Racing Fans

Vijayabahu Motor Cross - 2017, the year’s thrilling event in the Vijayabahu Infantry Regiment (VIR) calendar, was held for the 15th consecutive year in the Vijayabahu Motor Cross Track in Boyagane, Kurunegala this morning (2), amidst a large gathering of enthusiasts and fans where Major General Mahesh Senanayake, Chief of Staff of the Army participated as the Chief Guest.

This year's race had 14 events, including the longest jump at Boyagane, one of the most seasoned tracks in the island where the participation of a Japanese rider was also reported. The riders had to overcome 2 double jumps and 3 single jumps in this 1.9 km long track. Three more events for children added fun and joy to the children of motor racing fans who attended the event.

The VIR Regiment has its own motor racing track, built in 1998 with a distance of 1.9 km and this is the most tough track in the country. The first race was held in the year 2000 with the participation of racing riders of the Sri Lanka Army, those of Wayamba province and island-wide with a view to popularizing the sport and creating avenues for riders to show their prowess.

Vijayabahu Motor Cross - 2017 race was powered by New Lanka Furniture Pvt Ltd as the main sponsor and the co-sponsors, Sri Lanka Insurance, Hutch PLC, CEAT, Kelani International Tyre (Pvt) Ltd, Honda and Elephant House.

Major General Mahesh Senanayake, Chief of Staff of the Army gave away the Army Commander’s trophy to Corporal Nihal Wijerathna of 7 VIR who showed exceptional skills.

Major General Ajith Kariyakarawana, Colonel of the Regiment, VIR gave away the Colonel of the Regiment Challenge Trophy to Corporal Sameera Premarathne of 1 VIR for his outstanding performances.

All proceeds of this Motor Cross are utilized for the welfare of disabled War Heroes and families of fallen War Heroes.

This is the full list of winners in different events;

Group MX Over 100 CC up to 125 CC 2T Defence Services

1 Buddika Silva

2 Sameera Premarathne

3 E. A. P. N Edirisinghe

Group M Standard/Modified Street Trail Motorcycles – Including 125 CC 2T up to 250CC 4T - Moto 01

1 Evon Biyagee Gurusinghe

2 Lahiru Jeewantha

3 Sandaru Shanilka

Group M125 Standard / Modified Street Trail Motorcycles – Over 100 CC up to 125 CC 2T - Defense Services

1 Nihal Wijerathna

2 M. N Perera

3 Nimal Pushpa Kumara

Group MX250 Over 100 CC up to 125 CC 2T & 175CC up to 250 CC 4T - National Championship - Moto 01

1 Ishan Dassanayaka

2 Sameera Premarathna

3 Jin Liyanage

Group M125 Standard / Modified Street Trail Motorcycles – Over 100 CC up to 125 CC 2T - Open

1 M. N Perera

2 Nihal Wijerathna

3 Nimal Pushpa Kumara

Group J MX85 –65CC up to 85CC (2T) & 100CC up to150cc 4T - Under 13 yrs

1 Kesara Godage

2 Thruka Rumahsh De Silva

3 Gangana Frenando

Group MX125 Over 100CC up to 125 CC 2T (Open)

1 Ishan Dassanayaka

2 Sameera Premarathne

3 Buddika Silva

Group JMX 50 CC Over 5 yrs and Under 10 yrs - Moto 01

1 Minuka Rathnayake

2 Rivinu Rathnayake

3 Esala Madanayake

Group J MX85 Over 79CC up to 85 CC (2T) & 100CC up to 150CC 4T Under 16 yrs – Moto 01

1 Vinushka Silva

2 Kesara Godage

3 Stephan Frenando

Group MX250 Over 100 CC up to 125 CC 2T & 175CC up to 250 CC 4T -International - Moto 02

1 Sameera Premarathna

2 Ishan Dassanayaka

3 Buddika Silva

Group JMX 50 CC Over 5 yrs and Under 10 yrs - Moto 02

1 Minuka Rathnayake

2 Pabasiri Esala Madanayake

3 Hirusha Padukka

Group M Standard/Modified Street Trail Motorcycles – Including 125 CC 2TUP to 250CC 4T - Moto 02

1 Evon Biyagee Gurusinghe

2 Lahiru Jeewantha

3 Nihal Wijerathna

Group J MX85 Over 79CC up to 85 CC (2T) & 100CC up to 150CC 4T Under 16 yrs – Moto 02

1 Vinushka Silva

2 Bhanuka Rathnayake

3 Stephan Fernando

Group MX250 Over 100 CC up to 125 CC 2T & 175CC up to 250 CC 4T Open - Moto 03

1 Sameera Premarathna

2 Buddika Silva

3 Jin Liyanage