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WCTJune 29, 2003
World Outdoor Trials Championship Round 6

Lampkin Increases Championship Lead

Montesa HRC rider Dougie Lampkin extended his lead in the World Championship by a further three points, after finishing runner-up on both days at the latest round in Spain. Lampkin lost both times in two different tie-break situations. On Saturday it was Lampkin's main rival and teammate Fujinami who took the victory having recorded two more cleans than Lampkin, while on Sunday, Cabestany snatched the win as the reigning outdoor champion was defeated by time for the second week running. Fujinami moved within two points of Lampkin on Saturday only to see his title campaign suffer the next day as he posted his worst result of the season. Conversely, Freixa finished fifth on Saturday but recovered to record a close third on the final day of competition.

This weekend's round of the World Outdoor Trials Championship took place in the small town of Benasque, approximately three and a half hours drive north-west of the city of Barcelona. Having twice hosted a round of the Spanish domestic series in more recent seasons, the venue had already shown its pedigree and ability to accommodate top level trials.

For the second week running high altitude played a part in the proceedings, with the paddock situated close to the town centre measuring one thousand four hundred metres above seas level, and another three hundred metre climb to the highest sections on the course. The mountain setting provided a superb environment for this level of competition with a good combination of hazards featuring many different types of terrain. The only fault with the venue was that the overall length of the course was perhaps too long for the new format time limits, which were designed with more compact courses in mind. Unfortunately this factor distracted from the challenge of some of the sections as many of the riders rushed to avoid time penalties.

Those riders with a burning ambition for victory in Saturday's trial signalled their intention right from the outset. The performances of Fujinami, Lampkin and Raga, who would eventually fill the podium in this order, in the early part of the competition soon separated them from the rest of the entry. Although Freixa did show some moments of brilliance, his heavy losses during the latter part of the lap pushed him down to fifth by the finish.

World Outdoor Trials Championship Round 6

Day 1

1 Takahisa Fujinami (J-Honda)
2 Doug Lampkin (GB-Montesa)
3 Adam Raga (E-Gas Gas)
4 Kenichi Kuroyama (J-Beta)
5 Marc Freixa (E-Montesa)
6 Albert Cabestany (E-Beta)
Day 2

1 Albert Cabestany (E-Beta)
2 Doug Lampkin (GB-Montesa)
3 Marc Freixa (E-Montesa)
4 Adam Raga (E-Gas Gas)
5 Takahisa Fujinami (J-Honda)
6 Kenichi Kuroyama (J-Beta)

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