GRUELLING FIRST OUTING FOR LAMPKIN
MANCHESTER, GREAT BRITAIN
Dougie Lampkin's debut aboard his Eurotek Hope KTM proved to be a gruelling affair as he placed eighth at the Tough One extreme enduro held at the famous Hawkstone Park motocross circuit near Shrewsbury earlier today. The fast and sandy conditions were not ideally suited to Lampkin's more technical style and trials back ground, and were in stark contrast to the going at the nine previous editions of the event that were held at Nantmawr quarry.
The three-hour long race that took in most of the well established and undulating motocross track also utilised the steep wooded areas that edge the Shropshire venue. Lampkin struggled from the off and found himself with poor visibility as he tried to make his way through traffic on the initial lap. Having only had limited time on his new orange machine due to his many other commitments, Dougie rode tense early on and took some time to settle into a rhythm.
With his arms freed off Dougie then began to ride more relaxed and found a pace that he was comfortable with and that he could sustain on the increasingly rough and sandy course that was being covered at some speed by the front runners. With no major instances or problems Lampkin held his position within the top ten to the flag. Whilst the former multi FIM Trial World Champion would like to have featured higher than his eventual eighth spot, the thirty-eight year old was realistic and relatively satisfied with his overall performance when all was taken into consideration.
With a smile still on his face at the finish Dougie said. "That's been tough, but after the first few laps I actually enjoyed it out there today. Obviously I would have like to have been a few places higher, but given my lack of time on the bike it was probably the best I could have hoped for if I am honest."
"The sheer speed of the leaders has been incredible and something I was never going to be able to match on this type of course, I have never been fast on a motocross track and today was no different." Continued the trials legend. "It goes without saying that I would have liked it to have been more slow and technical, but I knew that was never going to be the case when the event was moved to this venue."
Lampkin added. "The good news is that I am still in one bit and although I am sure that I am going to be sore in the morning, my body is in good shape and the skin on my hands is still in tact which was a real worry going into the race, and especially with the Scottish now not too far off."
"Being ready for the Scottish six days is now my priority, but once that is out of the way I will be back on the enduro bike so that I can be better prepared for Erzberg in June." Ended Dougie.