Dougie Lampkin's miserable opening to 2006 continued when he suffered a freak crash mid way through the qualifying heat of the second round of the World indoor series held in Marseille, France late last night. Lampkin was left battered and bruised, and was unable to continue as he was tossed backwards off the massive step in section five. Despite suffering injuries to his ribs, back and hands, Dougie counted himself lucky to have escaped more serious injuries after his bike hit him whilst he lay helpless and winded on the arena floor.
"I don't know what it is about France, as last year I had a big off at the French outdoor round, and now here I am again having a massive crash on French soil. What makes it even weirder is it is the same doctor who treated me last time, who is here again patching me up. I wish I could explain what happened, but I can't, as one moment it was all going so well and the next moment I was being thrown into the air. As soon as it happened I knew it was going to hurt."
"Whilst my initial reaction was to get back up and carry on, I couldn't as I had been winded so badly and although I tried to get up I was totally breathless and helpless. The doctor has examined me thoroughly and there doesn't seem to be anything broken, although I am extremely sore. My plan is to rest and to see how I am in the morning before I decide if I am going to ride in Toulouse tomorrow (Saturday) night at the non championship event."
Whilst unable to complete the remaining sections, Lampkin was awarded maximum penalties in the final three hazards, thus allowing him to record a finish. At the front of the field, last week's winner Bou failed to qualify for the final leaving it to Fajardo, Cabestany and Raga to fight it out in the main event. Reigning indoor World champion was in no mood to suffer a second defeat in the series and ran out a clear winner ahead of his team mate Fajardo, with Cabestany taking the last and lower place on the rostrum.
- 1: Raga - 17
- 2: Fajardo - 20
- 3: Cabestany - 21
- 1: Jeroni Fajardo (SPA-Gas Gas) - 4
- 2: Albert Cabestany (SPA-Sherco) - 7
- 3: Adam Raga (SPA-Gas Gas) - 8
- 4: Antonio Bou (SPA-Beta) 10
- 5: Takahisa Fujinami (JPN-Montesa-HRC) 15
- 6: Dougie Lampkin (GBR-Montesa-HRC) 24
- 7: Jerome Bethune (FRA-Beta) 29
- 8: Tadeusz Blazusiak (POL-Scorpa) 33
Current championship standings:
- 1: Raga - 18
- 2: Bou - 15
- 3: Fajardo - 14
- 4: Cabestany - 11
- 5: Fujinami - 8
- 6: Lampkin - 6
Dougie Lampkin's next event: 22/01/06 Sunday - Granada, Spain - Rnd 3 World Indoor Chp.