2011 SPEA FIM TRIAL WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
Round One - GeFREES, GERMANY
Twelve times FIM Trial World Champion Dougie Lampkin failed to make his mark at the opening round of the 2011 SPEA FIM Trial World Championship as he suffered the consequences of riding with a serious ankle injury sustained at the recent Scottish Six Days Trial. Despite being in excruciating pain throughout the event Lampkin completed two laps of the fifteen-kilometre course, eventually finishing in ninth position.
"Today has been a been a bit of a nightmare for me really and obviously I am disappointed with my result. My left ankle is very sore, so I just could not ride certain sections as it kept giving-way under the pressure," commented a dejected Dougie.
Held in the small town of Gefrees in the east of Germany with a population of barely five thousand, the trial consisted of two laps of fifteen sections. Featuring large steps and steep hillsides the Gas Gas rider dug deep to complete the tough competition, securing a top ten finish and valuable championship points in the process. Finishing only twelve marks behind reigning British Trials Champion James Dabill, the Red Bull athlete made the most of a frustrating situation and rode well to finish the first round of the series.
"The sections here are pretty technical and include a lot of big steps with harsh landings, which were particularly bad for me today. Every time I put pressure on my ankle it would just give way, making riding very difficult and impossible in some places" continued the Gas Gas factory rider.
The arrival of rain on Saturday night saw already tricky sections become much more slippery and although the bad weather stayed away during race day the damage had been done. With several other top-level riders struggling to clean the demanding hazards, Dougie knew it was well worth completing the event in the hope of a reasonable result. With the first lap done and the sections familiarised he improved on his fist lap by thirteen marks, ensuring seven World championship points in the process.
"Last night's rain certainly made things interesting today. You only have to look at the other riders marks to see there was very little grip on offer, even without my injury this would have been a difficult round. Apart from my injury everything else was okay, my Gas Gas was great and it is good to be back in Gefrees after a six year break," concluded the thirty-three year old Yorkshireman.
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