Dougie Lampkin rounded out the indoor World series with a fifth place at the final event held in Madrid, Spain late last night. Lampkin missed out on playing a part in the three man final and guaranteeing himself a podium finish by a mere three marks. Lampkin was understandably disappointed after having incurred two of these marks by running over the ten minute time limit and despite having only dropped marks in four out of the seven sections.
Even a win in the dual race against fellow British rider James Dabill and a clean on the 'bogey' high jump was not enough for Dougie to qualify. It was an evening of so near yet so far for Lampkin as having watched his team mate Fujinami retire due to injury, he was still unable to overtake him in the overall standings after losing out to the Japanese rider on a tie break. The Repsol Montesa duo finished with forty nine points apiece.
"With the exception of Raga and Cabestany, everyone else including me fived the first section. After that I have ridden well to lose only four more marks in the remaining sections, but still it hasn't been enough to make it through to the final."
"Our results throughout the indoor season have not been good, but sometimes we have been so close to doing so much better and tonight that was the case once again. With the outdoor championship now nearly upon us, there is no time to dwell on what has happened, as we really need to make a strong start in the new series right from the first round."
Raga completed his title winning campaign in style by winning the final round in Madrid ahead of his team mate Fajardo. Cabestany took third place on the night to hold on to second place in the series. Fourth spot for Bou was sufficient to give him third position overall during his first full indoor season. Fajardo made it four out of four for the two stroke brigade, leaving Fujinami and Lampkin to complete the order for the permanent series riders respectively.
- Attendance: 7,000
- 1: Raga - 14
- 2: Fajardo - 18
- 3: Cabestany - 20
- 1: Adam Raga (SPA-Gas Gas) - 3
- 2: Albert Cabestany (SPA-Sherco) - 3
- 3: Jeroni Fajardo (SPA-Gas Gas) - 8
- 4: Antonio Bou (SPA-Beta) - 9
- 5: Dougie Lampkin (GBR-Montesa-HRC) - 11
- 6: James Dabill (GBR-Beta) - 31
- 7: Shaun Morris (GBR-Gas Gas) - 36
- 8: Takahisa Fujinami (JPN-Montesa-HRC) - Retired
Final championship standings:
- 1: Raga - 105
- 2: Cabestany - 85
- 3: Bou - 73
- 4: Fajardo - 67
- 5: Fujinami - 49
- 6: Lampkin - 49
Dougie Lampkin's next event: 26/03/06 Sunday - Linares (Jaén), Spain - Rnd 1 Spanish Outdoor