MOTORBIKE legend Dougie Lampkin will bow out with his last ever performance in Sheffield at the Indoor Motorcyle Trial at the Motorpoint Arena tonight (Sat, Jan 7, 2012), writes Graham Walker.
Lampkin, hoping to end his trials bike career with the winner’s title King of Sheffield, is the only rider in the line-up to have appeared at every event so far – a total of 17!
The 35-year-old, born in Silsden, West Yorkshire, was born into a family steeped in motorcycle sport - his father, Martin, was the first FIM Trial World Championship winner in 1975 and his Uncle Arthur was also a regular winner on the British circuit in the 1960s.
Lampkin has won five consecutive World Indoor (1997–2001) and seven consecutive World Outdoor Championships (1997–2003). He has also won four World Team Championships (Trial des Nations) in 1997, 1999, 2002 and 2003, six British Adult Championships, two Spanish Adult Championships and the world famous Scott Trial on three occasions.
He now lives on the Isle of Man and in 2001 he was awarded an MBE for services to his sport.
Four hours of adrenalin pumping action - starting at 7pm tonight - will see him team up with the best of the Brits, taking on the best in the world, for the winner to be crowned King of Sheffield.
The international line up includes double World Champion Toni Bou, world number two and Gas Gas number one Adam Raga, crowd pleaser and ex World Champion Takahisa Fujinami (Repsol Montesa) and riding the tried and tested Ossa, Jeroni Fajardo.
They will be battling it out with the best of the Brits, including back to back British Champion James Dabill (Beta), world number six Michael Brown (Gas Gas) and last years new boy Jack Challoner (Beta).
Promoter, Neil Crosswaite of Avondale management said: “We have been in discussions with the FIM for some time now, but just couldn’t come to terms regarding World Championship status. One of the sticking points is having to agree to live TV coverage, which means we can’t set our own schedule.
“Another point is Sheffield needs to run and we want to run our seventeenth event with our top British riders, the list of available riders that the FIM provided excluded all but one of our British riders.
“So, I am more than happy because we are running with the line up we want, to the format and timetable of our choice. We will be giving our lads a sporting chance to perform against the best riders in the World and you wont get that anywhere but Sheffield” * Tickets for Sheffield 2012, may be subject to a booking fee, are £32.50 and under 14s at £22.50. Book in person at the Arena box office, call 0114 256 56 56 or visit www.motorpointarenasheffield.co.uk