MCN joins tri­als supremo in fi­nal prac­tice for 37.73-mile Isle of Man TT wheelie record

Motorcycle News (UK) - - This Week - By Dan Suther­land

Dougie Lamp­kin has un­der­gone a suc­cess­ful pri­vate test at Cad­well Park ahead of his at­tempt to wheelie the en­tire Isle of Man TT course on Septem­ber 24.

The 12-times world cham­pion was at the track last Wed­nes­day for three hours as he tested his mod­i­fied tri­als bike to try and es­tab­lish just how far he could wheelie in that time.

Speak­ing ex­clu­sively to MCN, Lamp­kin said: “I’ve been with Red Bull for over 15 years now and – more so af­ter my world cham­pi­onship days – we’ve been asked for things we’ve wanted to do. Ev­ery­one re­mem­bers when they first got a push­bike, or if you were lucky enough to get a mo­tor­bike, ev­ery­one wants to do wheel­ies.”

The TT course was cho­sen due to Dougie’s con­nec­tion to the Is­land, hav­ing lived there for nine years. Dougie will hold the wheelie at a con­stant speed of be­tween 19 and 21mph on the day, us­ing fifth and sixth gear, with the lap of the leg­endary Isle of Man Moun­tain Course ex­pected to take just un­der two hours to com­plete.

Dur­ing the at­tempt, he will be fol­low­ing an­other ve­hi­cle and there will be live traf­fic on the op­po­site car­riage­way, which adds an­other vari­able to the chal­lenge. The at­tempt will be broad­cast as a live stream on www. red­

“I think the big­gest chal­lenge is, ob­vi­ously, you’ve got so many un­knowns. We had to learn ev­ery­thing and it’s been a mas­sive process,” said Lamp­kin. “The wind is the big­gest night­mare, but there’s not a lot we can do about it. Fin­gers crossed we can do it.”

Dougie was de­ter­mined to use a tri­als bike for the stunt, say­ing: “I’m a tri­als rider so I never con­sid­ered any­thing else.” The bike be­ing used is a mod­i­fied Ver­tigo Ice Hell 300 and uses a sin­gle-cylin­der 300cc two-stroke, fuel-in­jected mo­tor.

Lamp­kin has pre­vi­ously tested the bike at Croft race cir­cuit, as well as at Con­is­ton Hall es­tate, close to where he lives, with this Cad­well Park test be­ing the last sched­uled track prac­tice be­fore the big day.

Lamp­kin also re­vealed that this sort of stunt is a def­i­nite break from the norm for his rid­ing skills, say­ing: “I have al­ways done a lot of rid­ing, but that’s al­ways been about up­per-body, though. I’ve never had to stand up this long, so that’s a big dif­fer­ence. It’s ba­si­cally like you’re stood in a funny squat po­si­tion with your arms up. Once you’re on, you’re on. You can sort-of lean on one side a bit more and take pres­sure off each side, but it doesn’t seem to help that much re­ally.”

Dougie Lamp­kin isn’t the first to at­tempt a com­plete lap of the TT Moun­tain course on the back wheel. In the late 1970s Dave Tay­lor MBE at­tempted the same stunt aboard a Yamaha XT500, and mem­bers of his fam­ily have been in­volved in this project from the out­set.

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