Dougie Lampkin re-established himself back amongst the World's best riders by taking third place at the opening round of the outdoor World championship following a disappointing indoor campaign. Lampkin had second place within his grasp, but two marks in the final section of the day allowed Raga to beat him by virtue of having the most cleans.
Held in the small town of Nigran in the North West corner of Spain just above the Portuguese border, the first trial of the 2006 series proved a tough opener with the damp soil making the huge boulders even more difficult than first expected. Eventual winner Bou was the only rider on the first lap with a score below thirty marks, Lampkin was second at this stage four marks adrift of the early leader.
" I am disappointed, as it could have been so much better, and to lose second place right at the last is a really bitter below. The story is simple, I gave away far too many marks where the likes of Bou and Raga were hardly losing any. I fived section four twice on the big step and did the same at section five on the first lap. A quick calculation means that's fifteen marks, and without them it could have been a much different story."
" The trial was a touch over the top in places, so there were few places where you could pull back marks. The big positive from the weekend is the progress we have made with the new bike, as it is now clear we are way ahead of where we were at the end of last season. Even since last week's Spanish championship trial we have made some significant improvements. We are staying here for three more days of testing so I am sure by the time we arrive in Portugal we will be in an even stronger position. The result today is OK, but no more than that."
Dougie and the team will make the relatively short trip South into Portugal later in the week in readiness for round tow of the championship, which will take place next Sunday. Here Lampkin will be looking to build on his initial result and to maintain his position amongst the championship leaders.
Championship current standings:
- 1: Bou - 20
- 2: Raga - 17
- 3: Lampkin - 15
- 4: Cabestany - 13
- 5: Fajardo - 11
Dougie Lampkin's next event: 09/04/06 Sunday -- Mortagua, Portugal - Rnd 2 World Outdoor Chp.