KATHMANDU, Mar 10: Track Racing is a form of motorcycle racing where teams or individuals race against opponents around on an unpaved oval track.
With the aim of reducing the road accidents and providing the safe environment to display the motorcycles skills of the riders, the third session of Honda Nepal Dream Cup was concluded at Syakar Safety Riding Centre in Lalitpur on March 9, 2019. The first session of the Racing event took place on December 29, whereas the second was conducted on February 9. This is the first racing championship ever held in Nepal.
The event attracted many bikers and bike enthusiast. The race was divided into 250 cc and 150cc category where riders earlier have to qualify as per the time limit set by the Honda Nepal before the main event. Under each category 19 riders were competing. The Championship was run under the International Sporting Code of the Federation Internationale de Motorcyclisme(FIM)and the HNDC Supplementary Regulations 2018. The best performing riders Bibash Shrestha and Ashik Lama from all the 3 events will now represent Nepal in Honda India Dream Cup challenge, the international event in Chennai, India.
Speaking to the myrepublica.com, the chairperson of Syakar Company Saurav Jyoti said that the event is organized to encourage the young riders to ride safely on the racetrack by which they will get the platform to showcase their racing skills both nationally and globally. He also added that following the huge success of the first championship the event would continue in upcoming years.
Motor Sporting is the new game in Nepal and if this type of event continues, we can produce the qualified and well-skilled riders who can compete in the international circuit. However, there is no particular racing track in Nepal. "Winning the race in 300 meters track and competing in the long length track in Chennai can be challenging," says Bibash Shrestha, the best rider titleholder of Honda Nepal Dream Cup 2019.
Street racing is the popular illegal sports seen in Nepal's roads and Nepali Youths are more involved in these types of races. According to the data, more than 1500 people lost their lives in a road accident in the year 2017-2018 in Nepal. The highest causalities are of age between 21 and 40 years, the data shows. Events like Honda Nepal Dream Cup will eventually help to reduce the street racing and encourage the young bikers to race on the track following the safety guidelines.