Motocross

Revenge is sweet!

Revenge is sweet!

DOUGIE LAMPKIN savoured the sweet taste of revenge when he ran out a clear winner at Sheffield ’04, round three of the world indoor trials championships staged at the city’s Hallam FM Arena.
After last year’s shock defeat – his DOUGIE LAMPKIN savoured the sweet taste of revenge when he ran out a clear winner at Sheffield ’04, round three of the world indoor trials championships staged at the city’s Hallam FM Arena.
After last year’s shock defeat – his first and only at the venue – Lampkin was fired up for the win and supremely confident.
"I only ride one trial in England throughout the year," said Dougie in front of the 8,000 capacity crowd before the start of the event, "so it’s important to put on a good performance for my fans.
"It hurt a lot last year when I lost out in the final race so I’m focussed more than ever in making sure I don’t taste defeat again this time around."
His high-level of self-confidence wasn’t misplaced either as he set a first round score of five to win the qualifying heat in a tie-breaker with championship rival Adam Raga. And there was further good news for the Brits when Graham Jarvis also made the final for the first time ever at Sheffield along with Japanese ace Takahisa Fujinami.
Unfortunately for Grimbo, qualifying in fourth meant he had to tackle the reversed sections first in the final round. But there was no stopping Lampkin on the Montesa as he took an early and unassailable lead by simply riding much better on the night than his competition.
"I wanted that tonight," he said from the top step of the podium. "I had my moments but it was going to take something very special to stop me from getting my hands on the winner’s champagne."
With the win in the bag Lampkin regained the championship lead from Raga with nine rounds still remaining.