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WCTSpainApril 2, 2006
World Outdoor Trials Championship 2006
Round One (Sunday Only) Nigran, Spain

Lampkin Finishes Third at Opening Grand Prix

Repsol Montesa HRC rider Dougie Lampkin achieved third place at the opening Grand Prix held in Nigran, Spain. The result confirmed the progress that the team has made over the winter, with this being the first time that the 2006 specification Cota4RT machine had competed at this level.



Doug Lampkin (GB-Montesa)


Doug Lampkin (GB-Montesa)


Toni Bou (Beta) recorded his first ever victory, while reigning champion Adam Raga (Gas Gas) finished as runner up after he beat Lampkin on a tie decider, Raga having fourteen cleans compared to Lampkin's eleven faultless rides.

Having opted to miss most of the pre-event practice sessions to preserve the condition of his badly injured clutch finger, Takahisa Fujinami battled bravely to finish in sixth place on his Cota4RT whilst showing obvious signs of discomfort.

Albert Cabestany (Sherco) and Jeroni Fajardo (Gas Gas), took fourth and fifth positions respectively, with only two marks separating the Spanish counterparts after a hard fought day.

Rain in the days prior to the trial had left the ground on the steep wounded hillside damp for the start of the competition. The main group of sections were situated ten kilometers away from the paddock and comprised of massive granite boulders separated by loose soil.

The later hazards offered some variety to the earlier theme, with a few stream based sections, a hill climb and then the final man-made log section back in the local sports hall. Lampkin began the day in style by being the only rider to reach the ends cards on the first section, his two mark ride here was simply exceptional.

However maximum penalties in sections four and five, where most of his rivals remained clean, quickly tore away Lampkin¹s initial advantage.

By the close of the first lap Bou had edged in front to hold a four mark lead over Lampkin, who in turn was five marks better than Fajardo. Raga was back in fourth place at this point on forty three marks.

Bou showed a level of maturity during the second and final lap to both protect and maintain his lead and to take a well deserved win. Raga’s second lap fight back was awesome, his performance during the last fifteen sections was the best lap score of the trial and was just enough to defeat Lampkin care of a cruel tie break for the British rider.




Takahisa Fujinami (J-Honda)


Laia Sanz


Dougie Lampkin ­ 3rd:
“I am disappointed to have lost second place in the manner in which I have done, the second dab in the final section has been the difference. However the real story is my other failures, twice in section four and once in section five, here you have fifteen marks where the others have had only a few. The good news on the day is the progress we have made with the new bike, as it is clear we are now at a new and much higher level than last year.”

Takahisa Fujinami ­ 6th:
“I think this was the best I could expect today, without being able to practice properly during the last two weeks it was clear that I was at a big disadvantage. My finger is still extremely sore and I only have limited movement, so it has been almost impossible to ride at the correct level especially when the trial was so difficult. It is a problem and I am not sure how it will be next week in Portugal.”

Laia Sanz - Repsol Montesa HRC finished twelfth in the Junior class, after it was not clear whether she would ride or not, following a crash that took her to hospital during the first round of the European championship. Although the scans revealed no broken bones it was obvious that Laia was suffering a certain level of pain throughout the competition. “My injuries have prevented me riding well today, there is no more I can say, I tried my best, but the result was bad.”


World Outdoor Trials Championship 2006
Round One (Sunday Only) Nigran, Spain


line
1 Antonio Bou (E-Beta)
2 Adam Raga (E-Gas Gas)
3 Doug Lampkin (GB-Montesa)
4 Albert Cabestany (E-Sherco)
5 Jeroni Fajardo (E-Gas Gas)
6 Takahisa Fujinami (J-Honda)
7 Marc Frexia (E-Scorpa)
8 Tadeusz Blazusiak (POL-Gas Gas)
9 Daniele Maurino (I-Gas Gas)
10 Jordi Pascuet (E-Gas Gas)
11 James Dabill (GB-Beta)
12 Jerome Bethune (F-Beta)
13 Tsuyoshi Ogawa (J-Honda)
14 Xavier Leon (E-Gas Gas)
15 Jose-Maria Juan (E-Beta)



Doug Lampkin (GB-Montesa)

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