Trials > Round 05: Andorra > Race Results
WCTSpainJune 19, 2005
2005 World Outdoor Trials Championship Round 5 Andorra

Raga wins, but Lampkin leads the championship again

Dougie Lampkin (Repsol Montesa HRC) heads the championship standings once again despite missing out on the victory at the Grand Prix of Andorra by the narrowest of margins. Adam Raga (Gas Gas) took the win from Lampkin by the fact that he had recorded one more clean than the British rider after both riders tied on the same marks. The podium was completed by Albert Cabestany (Sherco), as the previous series leader Takahisa Fujinami (Repsol Montesa HRC) slipped to fourth place on the day after suffering two punctures. The winner of last weeks Spanish domestic championship event Marc Freixa (Repsol Montesa HRC) failed to repeat his winning form, finishing in sixth place behind Antiono Bou (Beta). Lampkin heads the series by just two points, with Cabestany, Raga and Fujinami all sharing second place on the same points.



Doug Lampkin (GB-Montesa)


Doug Lampkin (GB-Montesa)


After the recent rounds in Japan and America, the championship returned to Europe for its busiest period of the year, the Grand Prix of Andorra starting a four week run that will see three very important rounds come and go in quick succession. Few riders will return home during this intense time, with many travelling directly to next week's French Grand Prix before making the most of a one week rest, before the series moves on to Italy. As per last season Andorra opted for a one day World event with a round of the Spanish domestic championship taking place the day prior to the main trial. However this year none of the top riders rode in Saturday's event irrespective of their nationality, making it a far more even playing field when Sunday arrived.

Twelve months ago the course in Andorra consisted of nothing but big dry rocks, with all the sections being located on completely new terrain on the opposite side of the valley to the years previous. This time around it was a case of a mix of the old and the new, and a roughly fifty-fifty split of wet and dry hazards. The first four sections could be found in the old part of the river, the next three were also in the same river but in a new lower sector immediately next to the main road that runs right through the small principality from Spain to France. The remainder of the hazards were back where they were twelve months ago, but this time the sections much higher up the mountain had been omitted. The course was completed by one man made hazard back in the town square that consisted of rocks and logs.

After the wet weather in the USA, extremely hot and dry conditions greeted the riders at the latest Grand Prix. The first section proved a very difficult opening test with only Freixa, Lampkin and Fujinami escaping for less than a five. The later two of these Montesa riders showed the true capability of the new four stroke as they found grip on the slippery rock floor of the river to exit for a single dab. In contrast the other riders struggled to find sufficient drive to conquer the two big steps. Lampkin looked rock steady as he made his way through the three remaining sections in this initial group, only losing one more mark in the last of these hazards. Fujinami was next best at this stage with the loss of three marks, this being two better than Raga who was already riding his way back into contention after his opening five in the first section of the day.

The top riders collectively decided that section five was just too dangerous, so they all opted to have their cards punched without even making an attempt at hazard where failure would have ended their day, such was the drop if they did not land exactly on the point of the rock situated in the deep river. Lampkin was to lose his early lead in sections six and seven as he went 5 3 compared to Raga and Cabestany who only added two to their totals thanks to taking single dabs in both of these watery hazards.

The eighth section was the first on the steep and dry dusty mountainside high above the town, although it appeared to have an almost impossible vertical exit it actually proved to be one of the easiest zones of the day. However its neighbor, section nine was almost impossible with no rider bettering a three all day such was the severity and length of this particular hazard.

Lampkin rode his way back into the lead at the end of the first lap as he closed with three ones in the last four sections including a convincing clean in the final indoor type hazard. Fujinami's lap in contrast fell apart as he first took a three in section thirteen, before fiving the next hazard due to a rear wheel puncture. Despite this the Japanese rider still held a close second place at the mid point, just two marks behind Lampkin and one mark ahead of Both Cabestany and Raga. These leading scores were all extremely impressive considering the sheer heat and the speed at which the final part of the lap was conducted.

Another puncture in the first section on lap two was perhaps enough to convince Fujinami that it was not going to be his day, again the sudden loss of pressure in the rear tyre caused him to record yet another maximum score. With the sun still beating down over head, the pace in the sections down below was equally hot. Raga increased the level of riding during the second lap to an incredible standard, his total score of ten for the lap was hard to believe when you consider that he again took a compulsory five in section five and added three more marks to his tally in the virtually impossible ninth hazard.

Lampkin did his level best to keep in touch with the Gas Gas rider and knew that he must clean the final section of the day whilst under extreme pressure if was to finish on the same marks as Raga. Whilst Lampkin held his nerve his closing performance was not quite enough as Raga would soon be declared the winner having recorded one more clean than his close rival. A dab in the penultimate hazard would prove costly for Fujinami as he lost third place to Cabestany by the same margin. Freixa had a greatly improved second lap, as he almost halved his earlier lap total, but this was still not enough to pull him any higher up the results than a disappointing sixth position, some twelve marks behind Bou.



Takahisa Fujinami (J-Honda)


Marc Freixa (E-Montesa)


Raga 1st:
“I know people were talking about my poor results in both Japan and the USA, but the truth is that there were reasons for these that were nothing to do with my riding. I feel that I have been riding well all season, but with the way everyone is riding you do not have to make many mistakes and you can end up in fifth position. It is a great result for me today, as winning is always good for your confidence, but I know that this is only one trial in what is going to be a very tough season. The sections were OK, but lacked variety and perhaps some severity.”

Lampkin 2nd:
“It is always a shame to lose in this way, but in terms of the championship I suppose I have got to be happy with today's result, as it can never be a bad day when you are leading the overall standing once again. I have made some mistakes today, and unfortunately you can not afford them at the moment, as the competition between the top few riders is very close and ultimately you suffer when you make an error. What is very positive is how good the bike has been at the high altitude and in the extreme heat. After finishing seventh here last year, I cant say that I was looking forward to this round, but at least I am leaving a relatively happy man.”

Cabestany 3rd:
“Third is not such a bad result, but also I am not totally happy with my performance. The day started badly with the five in the first section and for the rest of the day I have ridden to try and recover the advantage that I gave Lampkin and Fujinami. My second lap showed more what I am capable of, but still it was not the perfect lap. The good thing is that the championship is still very much alive and that I have not lost much ground to my main rivals despite only finishing in third place.”

Fujinami 4th:
“I am not happy about a lot of things today, it seems to have been a day with many problems. First I have had a puncture in two sections, which has cost me ten marks for sure, without these I am happy with the way that I rode. Also I was sure that I was third as I knew that another rider had more marks than me going into the final section, but when the results have been printed he now has less marks than me. This is simply impossible. Not a good race, but the championship is far from lost.”

Freixa 6th:
“The first lap today was an absolute disaster for me. I think after winning at the Spanish championship last weekend ahead of Raga and Cabestany, I put a lot of pressure on myself before the trial started today. I was so nervous in the early sections, and this really showed in my score. Because my position was so bad after the first lap I rode the second lap with no pressure at all as I could not be any worse than before. Riding in this way allowed me to make a big improvement, but the damage had already been done.”

Laia Sanz - Repsol Montesa HRC once again recorded a podium finish in the Junior class:
“Each time I arrive in the podium it is a good result for me, and today it is especially good as it was a difficult competition with sections that I did not really like. The sections were either very easy or very difficult and this is why the scores were very close between me and fourth and fifth place.”


2005 World Outdoor Trials Championship Round 5
Andorra


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Sunday Only
1 Adam Raga (E-Gas Gas)
2 Doug Lampkin (GB-Montesa)
3 Albert Cabestany (E-Sherco)
4 Takahisa Fujinami (J-Honda)
5 Antonio Bou (E-Beta)
6 Marc Freixa (E-Montesa)
7 Jeroni Fajardo (E-Gas Gas)
8 Jordi Pascuet (E-Gas Gas)
9 Graham Jarvis (GB-Sherco)
10 Tadeusz Blazusiak (POL-Gas Gas)
11 Kenichi Kuroyama (J-Beta)
12 Fumitaka Nozaki (J-Scorpa)
13 Jerome Bethume (F-Gas Gas)
14 Sam Connor (GB-Sherco)
15 Shaun Morris (GB-Gas Gas)




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