Dougie Lampkin experienced the bitter taste of defeat at the Italian Grand Prix today when he slumped to sixth place, just seven days after having clinched his first victory of the season in France. On an otherwise black day for Lampkin, the only positive news was that despite his poor showing he only lost one point to Raga in the championship race, as the Spanish rider endured an equally bad day to finish in fifth spot.
Lampkin arrived in the small town of Darfo Boario Terme, approximately one hundred kilometres North East of Milan, full of confidence after his win at the French Grand Prix. However his day was over before it had even begun properly, with Dougie clocking up three maximums in the first five hazards.
Normally one of the best rounds of the year, this edition of the Italian Grand Prix was poor compared to previous years. Usually the sections are located high in the mountains, but this time around, at a much lower altitude the hazards lacked both variety and imagination, with there being no break from the dry and dusty rocks.
Dougie languished down in seventh place on a massive forty marks at the end of the first lap, whilst eventual winner Fujinami had only dropped fifteen marks on observation and five on time for the same period.
The second lap started better for Lampkin, but by section five he was beginning to lose his way and confidence once again. Four more maximums on this tour quickly increased his tally. His day was to become even worse as a big crash forced running repairs to his bike, which would lead to much unwanted time penalties come the finish.
"Days don't come much blacker than today, I simply couldn't do anything right at all. It has been a nightmare from start to finish. I never felt right all day, or found any kind of confidence, I wish I had something to blame, but I haven't, it was just a bad day all round. In terms of positives there has been none, but I suppose I have top count myself lucky that I have only lost one point to Raga in the overall standings given the circumstances."
Championship current standings:
- 1: Raga - 121
- 2: Lampkin - 110
- 3: Bou - 102
- 4: Fujinami - 94
- 5: Cabestany - 93
Dougie Lampkin's next event: 09/07/06 Sunday - Myslenice, Poland -Rnd 7 World Outdoor Chp.