Motorcycle News (UK) - - Sport - By Jonathan Pear­son MCN CON­TRIB­U­TOR

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

passed him!’

Bur­rows En­gi­neer­ing team-mates Derek Sheils and Malachi Mitchell-thomas Pick­ing up where he left off last year, Laverty is set­ting the BSB pace ‘Big Mart’ Lampkin be­came the first FIM World Tri­als cham­pion in 1975 MCN ex­tends con­do­lences to Martin’s wif

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