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WCTJapanJune 3 - 4, 2006
World Outdoor Trials Championship 2006 Round 04 Motegi, Japan

Lampkin Retains Second Place in the Championship After the Japanese GP

Dougie Lampkin - Repsol Montesa HRC retains second place in the fight for the 2006 FIM trial World championship after having recorded a fifth and third place during the two-day scoring event. Lampkin's team-mate Takahisa Fujinami - Repsol Montesa HRC did not enjoy his usual success at his home Grand Prix and had to be content with a pair of fourth places, which was not sufficient for him to maintain fourth spot in the overall standings.

Doug Lampkin (GB-Montesa)

Takahisa Fujinami (JPN-Montesa)

Sunday’s winner Albert Cabestany, is the rider that moves ahead of Fujinami in the championship, as he and Antonio Bou – Beta made it an all Spanish affair with the latter taking the victory on Saturday. Current series leader Adam Raga – Gas Gas was unable to step onto the top of the podium on either day, but his two runners’ up positions have helped him increase his advantage at the top of the table over Lampkin.

For once, despite it being the rainy season, the Japanese round took place in dry and warm conditions. Following a similar course to last year, which was the first time these areas of the venue had been used, the trial had two main parts. Sections two through to seven at the head of the circuit were all situated on steep and often muddy bankings and featured linked turns through the established trees.

The later part of the lap was a montage of man made sections, this included the first and last hazard back on pit lane, with only sections eleven and twelve being the exception in this series. These two zones were located on a steep and dusty rock face over looking the tarmac oval circuit.

The terrain suited the 2006 spec factory Cota 4RT well, but neither Fujinami or Lampkin were at their best, certainly on the opening day. Sunday brought a more positive start, with Lampkin actually taking the lead during the closing part of the first lap, but his joy was only short lived as a failure in the final hazard left him down in third at the halfway point. The afternoon session saw the Repsol Montesa HRC team mates fighting against each other for third place, with no real hope of catching the leading pair. The British rider eventually succeeded over his Japanese counterpart in this fierce internal battle.

Takahisa Fujinami (JPN-Montesa)

Laia Sanz

Lampkin – 5th / 3rd :
“Being back on the podium feels good and at least goes someway to making up for yesterday’s disappointing performance. Both days have suited the bike well, and with the resources we have had this weekend, I was hoping for better results. However whilst I have lost ground to Raga, I am still second in the championship with plenty still to fight for.”

Fujinami – 4th / 4th :
“Whilst I still have some problems with my physical condition, I was hoping for a good showing at my home round. As it is, it has been very disappointing both for me and the team, as this is my worst result at a Japanese Grand Prix. It is hard for me to evaluate my performance properly when I am not 100% fit. Now with some time to rest, hopefully I can be in better shape for the remaining rounds.”

Laia Sanz - 7th / 6th :
The Japanese Grand Prix provided one of the toughest Junior courses this season, which proved an equally tough challenge for the female member of the Repsol Montesa HRC team. “My riding has improved a lot today, but this does not show in my result. To be only one place higher than yesterday despite dropping nearly half the marks is very hard for me to understand. But as I have said before, the standard in this class is much higher than last year, so at least this perhaps explains something.”

World Outdoor Trials Championship 2006 Round 04 Motegi, Japan

1 Toni Bou (E-Beta)
2 Adam Raga (E-Gas Gas)
3 Albert Cabestany (E-Sherco)
4 Takahisa Fujinami (JPN-Montesa)
5 Doug Lampkin (GB-Montesa)
6 Kenichi Kuroyama (JPN-Scorpa)
7 Marc Freixa (E-Beta)
8 Tadeusz Blazusiak (POL-Scorpa)
9 Jeroni Fajardo (E-Gas Gas)
10 Tomoyuki Ogawa (JPN-Honda)
11 Taichi Tanaka (JPN-Honda)
12 James Dabill (GB-Beta)
13 Shaun Morris (GB-Gas Gas)
14 Tsoyushi Ogawa (JPN-Montesa)
15 Fumitaka Nozaki (JPN-Yamaha)
1 Albert Cabestany (E-Sherco)
2 Adam Raga (E-Gas Gas)
3 Doug Lampkin (GB-Montesa)
4 Takahisa Fujinami (JPN-Montesa)
5 Kenichi Kuroyama (JPN-Scorpa)
6 Tomoyuki Ogawa (JPN-Honda)
7 Toni Bou (E-Beta)
8 Jeroni Fajardo (E-Gas Gas)
9 Taichi Tanaka (JPN-Honda)
10 Marc Freixa (E-Beta)
11 Fumitaka Nozaki (JPN-Yamaha)
12 Tadeusz Blazusiak (POL-Scorpa)
13 Tsoyushi Ogawa (JPN-Montesa)
14 James Dabill (GB-Beta)
15 Isao Shibuya (JPN-Sherco)

Doug Lampkin (GB-Montesa)

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