2008: Back on top

Trial Magazine - - FLASHBACK -

With the re­turn of York­shire’s Dougie Lampkin af­ter his years away at the World Tri­als Cham­pi­onship the young guns had to be at their best. The High­land hol­i­day did not prove as re­lax­ing for Lampkin as ex­pected though! Hot weather kept him on the boil in his quest for a third win as with a mass of tri­als fans in the Scot­tish Glenns for six days of su­perb ac­tion the weather played its part to pro­vide a mem­o­rable week.

Michael Brown was the young pre­tender on the tri­als scene and was des­per­ate to prove his worth af­ter fin­ish­ing in sec­ond place last year. He car­ried a se­vere case of ten­nis el­bow into the event, which re­quired a very painful in­jec­tion into the joint to ease the pain days be­fore the start of a gru­el­ing six days. As it turned out in a very low-scor­ing event the five marks Brown parted with at Gor­ton on the Thurs­day fin­ished his push for a vic­tory. The pre­vi­ous year’s win­ner James Da­bill on the pow­er­ful 300cc Montesa never looked like re­peat­ing his win af­ter a shaky start to the week. Lampkin praised the or­gan­i­sa­tion which had once again been sec­ond to none and no doubt, by the amount of pres­sure from other rid­ers want­ing to win, this is still the tro­phy that ev­ery rider wants.

Dougie Lampkin (Beta): It was a happy Lampkin who took his third win.

Michael Brown (Beta): De­spite a strong ride it was the one five on the Thurs­day that de­nied the ‘Mighty Atom’ the chance to fight for the win

The 2008 podium: Michael Brown, Dougie Lampkin and James Da­bill

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