Dougie Lampkin made his dream of an eighth outdoor World title become more like reality when he won the French Grand Prix held at La Chatre earlier today. This was Lampkin's first victory of the season and took him seven points closer to Raga in the title race, as the current championship leader slumped to fourth place today.
In typical Lampkin style, Dougie absorbed the immense pressure of knowing that he had to clean the final section of the trial to take the win from his team mate Fujinami on a most cleans tie break, with the pair having tied on fifty two marks apiece.
It was certainly a trial of two very different halves for Dougie as he languished down in sixth place at the mid point, after having notched up seven maximums on his first lap, four of these being in the initial four sections.
Torrential over night rain had killed the extreme temperatures of Saturday afternoon, but this heavy down pour had also nearly killed the trial, with the wet adding severity to a course that was already seen by many of the top riders as being far too difficult even when dry.
Lampkin's loss of just seven marks up to section eleven on his second visit was one of the rides of the season and saw him hoist himself up the leader board like a script from Hollywood. Four slack marks in the sections twelve and thirteen created a dramatic climax, one where Dougie would eventually take a well deserved victory.
"It was very important for me to win this weekend if I am to have a chance of taking the title. Raga came here with a good advantage in the championship, so with him having not made the podium today, it has really helped me to start to close the gap on him."
"It was a difficult first lap, but I felt I was riding well so I used the second lap like I was starting a new trial. I am really happy with how I rode on the second lap, it shows just how strong we can be and is a big credit to the team for all the hard work they continue to do."
Championship current standings:
- 1: Raga - 121
- 2: Lampkin - 110
- 3: Bou - 102
- 4: Fujinami - 94
- 5: Cabestany - 93
Dougie Lampkin's next event: 02/07/06 Sunday - Darfo Boario Terme -Rnd 6 World Outdoor Chp.