Dougie Lampkin recorded his best result to date in the current edition of the World indoor series when he finished fourth in Milan earlier today. Lampkin came within six seconds of qualifying for the three man final. However he narrowly lost out on the time tie decider to his team mate Fujinami, after the Repsol Montesa HRC pair both finished the first lap on fifteen marks apiece.
Lampkin's result was a remarkable achievement, considering he is still riding with a broken rib. This is an injury he sustained in France two weeks ago and that has led him to only be able to practice for forty-five minutes during the last week. "Although I am still in a lot of pain, it definitely felt better than it did last week, and having a better result is always a good tonic when you are struggling with an injury. The problem is that I really am having difficulty breathing after I have ridden two or three sections, and that was the same tonight."
"I had over two and half minutes left to ride the last section, but I had to stop to recover. I waited nearly a minute before making my attempt. Taking the rest has cost me a place in the final, but there was no way I could carry on otherwise."
"This week is going to have to be the same, with perhaps a little time on the bike on Friday ahead of Barcelona. I just need to get through the next few weeks without making the injury any worse and with it hopefully getting better slowly but surely."
Fujinami broke the stranglehold that Spain has on the winners' podium to date, by being the first non Spanish rider to make it through to the final this season. However the Japanese rider was unable to prevent another Spanish victory as he finished a distant third place. Raga increased his advantage at the head of the overall standings by taking his second win of the series, with his main rival Cabestany filling the runners up berth on this occasion.
- 1: Raga - 5
- 2: Cabestany - 14
- 3: Fujinami - 26
- 1: Adam Raga (SPA-Gas Gas) - 2
- 2: Albert Cabestany (SPA-Sherco) - 7
- 3: Takahisa Fujinami (JPN-Montesa-HRC) - 15 (faster time)
- 4: Dougie Lampkin (GBR-Montesa-HRC) - 15
- 5: Antonio Bou (SPA-Beta) - 21 (faster time)
- 6: Jeroni Fajardo (SPA-Gas Gas) - 21
- 7: Daniele Maurino (ITA-Gas Gas) - 34
Current championship standings:
- 1: Raga - 36
- 2: Cabestany - 29
- 3: Bou - 25
- 4: Fajardo - 22
- 5: Fujinami - 18
- 6: Lampkin - 14
Dougie Lampkin's next event: 05/02/06 Sunday - Barcelona, Spain - Rnd 5 World Indoor Chp.