Dougie Lampkin drew level with his team mate Fujinami in the overall standings, after finishing in fifth place at the event held in St Petersburg earlier today. Whilst unable to match the performance he had produced in Belfast just forty-eight hours ago, Dougie still felt he was riding well enough to record another podium result. However, the sheer scale of the steps in Russia ultimately defeated him.
"I came here full of confidence following my ride in Ireland, but that feel good factor has been short lived, and it is very much a case of being brought back down to earth with a large bump. Despite the long journey out here, I really felt up for it and set 'making the final' as my first target. Obviously I am disappointed with the result, but I am not totally distraught, as I know that I am riding well. I was able to match Bou right until the end, but the difference tonight has been the three big steps. I have ridden out of my skin in the other sections to try and bridge the difference, but that still wasn't enough."
"Looking at the positives, my rib is getting stronger by the day and I am now riding a lot better than I was at the start of the series. Tomorrow I am flying back to Spain, and hopefully I will be fit enough to practice for most of the week, which is the first time in a long while that I have spent any real amount of hours on the bike outside of the competitions."
"We always knew that it was going to be tough for us during the indoor championship, and with the standard being so high, our task has been that much tougher. Like always it is just a case of keeping fighting right until the end."
Raga made himself clear favourite to lift his fourth successive World indoor crown by taking his fourth win of the series, ahead of his team mate Fajardo. Raga's main championship rival Cabestany lost further ground in the title chase after finishing in third place today.
- 1: Raga - 5
- 2: Fajardo - 11
- 3: Cabestany - 14
Heat - Qualifiers:
- 1: Albert Cabestany (SPA-Sherco) - 5
- 2: Adam Raga (SPA-Gas Gas) - 7
- 3: Jeroni Fajardo (SPA-Gas Gas) - 12
- 4: Antonio Bou (SPA-Beta) - 15
- 5: Dougie Lampkin (GBR-Montesa-HRC) - 21
- 6: Takahisa Fujinami (JPN-Montesa-HRC) - 21
- 7: Tadeusz Blazusiak (POL-Scorpa) - 30
Current championship standings;
- 1: Raga - 62
- 2: Cabestany - 47
- 3: Bou - 45
- 4: Fajardo - 40
- 5: Fujinami - 29
- 6: Lampkin - 29
Dougie Lampkin's next event: 18/02/06 Saturday - Mahon, Menorca - Rnd 8 World Indoor Chp.