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World Outdoor Trials Championship Myslenice, Poland, Round 7 - July 9th 2006


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    Dougie Lampkin could only manage fourth place today at the Polish Grand Prix held in the town of Myslenice, with sits approximately thirty kilometres South of the city of Krakow. Lampkin never recovered from a poor first lap showing, and despite a much-improved performance during the afternoon session the British rider could not climb any further up the leader board.

    Lampkin's latest results sees him drop to third place in the overall standings, his Repsol Montesa HRC team mate Takahisa Fujinami now having moved one point ahead of him after the Japanese rider won his second Grand Prix in a row. Dougie now sits eight points ahead of Cabestany, after the Sherco rider moved up a place following Antonio Bou's shocking seventh place today.

    With Poland having been absent from the World series for over a decade, the return was always going to show if this was a worthy re-appointment and if it will be a regular Grand Prix in the future. The organising club did little to help their chances in this respect as they first refused to alter several sections on the advice both of the riders and the jury members. Eventually adjustments were made to the hazards, so as to create a reasonable competition.

    Extremely hot weather was the order of the day for the third Grand Prix in a row, temperatures of thirty five degrees Celsius were recorded throughout the trial. With the exception of the final man made section, the other hazards were all housed in a dark and dense woodland just outside of the town. Steep climbs from a slow running stream created a theme that was repeated for the entire course.

    Whilst Lampkin played down the injury he suffered to his ribs during a practice crash in Italy earlier in the week, the lasting effects obviously were a factor in his result today. "It's been another disappointing day, where a bad first lap performance has cost me dearly. I hit my ribs again in section two and this put me in a lot of discomfort. Wearing the body support helped to take away some of the pain, but the downside to this was that it made breathing quite difficult, which was hard to cope with in the heat. All I can do now is look forward to my home GP in a few weeks, and hope that it will mark the start of a strong close to the championship for me."