DOUGIE STILL HUNGRY FOR MORE SSDT SUCCESS

 

With twelve World titles and equally as many Scottish Six Day Trial (SSDT) wins to his name, Red Bull athlete Dougie Lampkin has little to prove during what is now the twilight of his long and illustrious career, however the hunger for more SSDT success still burns deep inside the now forty-five year old. 

 

Robbed of the opportunity to extend his SSDT winning record last year due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Dougie is even more gutted not to be heading up to Fort William this May as the historic event in the Scottish Highlands has again fallen foul of the Worldwide health crisis. “I got my head round missing the Scottish last year as it was clear it was going to be a no go after going into lockdown, but I really thought we would be back in the West End car park this May.” Said a disappointed Lampkin. 

 

Winning has been a way of life for Dougie and his family, at what remains the most iconic event in the international trial calendar, with uncle Arthur being the first of the Yorkshire clan to collect the famous North British Rubber Company winner’s trophy back in 1963. It was not long before there was another Lampkin on the top step at the SSDT with uncle Alan, better known as Sid - claiming victory in 1966.

 

“The Scottish has been part of my life ever since I was born. As a young kid I spent so many hours in the West End car park riding on my pushbike waiting for the day I could actually ride the event proper. I was born in March 1976, just before my dad Martin won his first SSDT in May of the same year. He won it the two following years too, so I must have been a good omen!” Quipped Dougie. 

 

Despite the best efforts of elder cousin John, who finished as an SSDT runner in 1989, the famous motorcycling dynasty had to wait until 1994 before the family name was next engraved on the towering winner’s trophy as Dougie recorded his maiden Scottish victory aged just eighteen and only at his second attempt. Following in his late father’s tyre-tracks Dougie matched his dad’s feat and made it a hat-trick of SSDT wins in a row before taking time away from the demanding event to concentrate on securing his twelve World crowns. 

 

Dougie made an emphatic return to the Scottish Highlands, with back-to-back triumphs in 2008 and 2009 to match the five-win record held by Mick Andrews and Sammy Miller. Seven more SSDT victories on the bounce between 2012 and 2018 inclusive, including his first on board the all-new Vertigo machine has now cemented Dougie as the outright King of Fort William with twelve SSDT titles to his name. 

 

“Time is definitely not on my side, and missing two years has not been ideal, but I am still very motivated to get my hands on that big trophy at least one more time before I finally hang up my boots. I am really enjoying riding with my lads at the moment and keeping my hand in whilst there has been no events on.” Said Dougie. 

 

“I’m telling you, no one will have a bigger smile on their face when we roll into Fort William next May than me. It’s my second home and a place that brings back so many great family memories. Fingers crossed riders from all over the World will be back to ride in this fantastic event and I will have enough left in me to sneak another win so I can spray the champagne again back in the West End car park come Saturday afternoon.” Enthused Lampkin.