WORLD TRIALS CHAMPION, MARTIN LAMPKIN − 1950 TO 2016
Martin Lampkin has died, aged 65. He was truly a larger-than-life character in the sport of trials and the wider motorcycling community.
Nicknamed ‘Big Mart’, his career in trials spanned a period of great change in the sport as it evolved from European to World status, and he was indeed the first ever FIM World Trials Champion in 1975.
In his career Lampkin will be best remembered for battles with longtime rivals Malcolm Rathmell and Yrjo Vesterinen as well as spearheading the equally legendary Bultaco trials bikes.
Martin’s heyday was during the 1970s and early 80s when he notched up a European and World title, three British trials championships, three consecutive Scottish Six Days Trials and four Scott trials.
Brothers Arthur and Sid (Alan) Lampkin were equally well-known to many TV viewers, indeed the Lampkin name became synonymous with off-road motorcycling and the sport of trials at a time when British TV afforded Saturday afternoon airtime to off-road sport.
Beyond his own career, he maintained his presence in the world of trials supporting his eldest son, Dougie. With the ever-present Lampkin determination, Dougie went on to notch up 12 world titles with his father at his back wheel.
Lampkin’s impact on motorcycling was far-reaching because of his character and his warmth. For those within the trials sporting community it was hard not to feel part of the extended family because he was such an integral part of it. Legendary comes too easily at these times but Lampkin was truly a legend in his own lifetime with a ready and wry smile, a dry wit and warm heart. He will be sorely missed.
for a long time now. It feels like we need to make a step now.”
Despite winning the first three races of the year, the season looks to be getting tougher for Rea – and it’s not just the Ducatis he is up against.
Sykes’ recovery from his poor start at round one in Australia started with a win in Thailand, and carried on in Aragon with a second and third place. And he’s a lot happier with his 2016 bike than team-mate Rea, although he agrees that Kawasaki need to find more to keep Davies and Ducati at bay.
“The bike is considerably better for me this year,” confirmed Sykes. “It is also better for Jonathan and other Kawasaki riders but it is still not my sweet girlfriend from 2013. We will keep working hard to improve.
“If we get a package that helps us extend tyre life I can fight on the first lap and the last lap. Don’t get me wrong, I still cannot reach my full potential and it’s clear that Chaz’s bike has enabled him to showcase his talent more. That is something we need to look at.”
Rea, who was unhappy with Sykes at the last round in Thailand after he lost a seemingly certain win to his teammate after a very aggressive move, was not as worried about finishing third to Sykes in race two on this occasion. He was far more frustrated with finishing so far behind Davies.
‘When Chaz passed Tom on the straight, he really