ROUND 3: BEL­GIUM BILSTAIN: 26TH FE­BRU­ARY 1978

Classic Trial - - TRIAL WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP -

As ex­pected, Lamp­kin came out fight­ing and in a real gutsy per­for­mance he took the ‘Bulto’ by its horns and took a well-de­served vic­tory. The event at Bilstain had a very ‘English’ feel to it with its rocky muddy banks. Lamp­kin was in attack mode all day, and in his favour fel­low Bri­tish rider Rob Shep­herd on the four-stroke Honda took the run­ner-up po­si­tion from Ves­ter­i­nen on the tie-de­cider as they both parted with 68 marks lost. The big­gest loser in the cham­pi­onship was Amer­i­can Bernie Schreiber who fin­ished out of the points down in 15th po­si­tion af­ter an event­ful day. Liv­ing not far from the venue was home rider Jean Marie Le­je­une, who came home 4th. He is the el­dest brother of three in a tri­als rid­ing fam­ily and was fol­lowed by Eddy who com­peted on a no-awards ba­sis as he was too young to score points and the youngest brother Eric.

RESULTS: 1: Lamp­kin 60; 2: Shep­herd 68; 3: Ves­ter­i­nen 68; 4: Le­je­une 72; 5: Col­son 73; 6: Karlson 75; 7: An­drews (320 Yamaha) 85; 8: Rath­mell 98; 9: Bir­kett 109; 10: Claude Goset (Mon­tesa-BEL) 110. CHAM­PI­ONSHIP: 1: Ves­ter­i­nen 40; 2: Lamp­kin 35; 3: Karlson 22; 4: An­drews 22; 5: Shep­herd 22.

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