Dougie Lampkin (Gas Gas) …

Dougie Lampkin (Gas Gas) has won The 2012 Scottish Six Days Trial (SSDT) by the narrowest of margins, to put himself in the record books as the only rider ever to have won this world famous event six times. However the 36-year-old multi world champion had to endure an agonising wait to learn his fate after a final day packed with drama and intrigue.

The 2012 SSDT saw the closest ever finish in its long history today when Dougie was only declared the winner after an exhaustive tie-break process. Following six days of competition, 176 sections and over 500 miles covered Lampkin and James Dabill (Beta) both finished the event equal on 15 marks apiece, as they dropped three and two marks respectively today.

After checking back through their scores for the whole week it revealed that Lampkin and Dabill shared the same number of cleans, ones, twos, threes and fives and thus the winner was eventually decided by the rider who had travelled the further before dropping a mark. This went in Lampkin’s favour, with him having remained clean on the opening two days of the trial.

This was an incredible finale to another fantastic week of riding in the Scottish Highlands, which saw three riders go into today all with a real chance of taking the win. Michael Brown (Gas Gas) came off worst in the three way scrap and had to settle for the last podium place on this occasion as a five in one of the final groups wrecked his chances. Dan Thorpe (Gas Gas) lost marks in the same two ultra tough sections at Achintee as Brown, but his tally of six for the day was enough to pip Alexz Wigg (Gas Gas) to fourth spot overall, as Wigg dropped eleven marks today.

Ian Austermuhle (Beta) also moved up the final order with a solid last day performance, his score of nine today saw himself steal sixth place from early trial leader Jordi Pascuet (JotaGas) who faded during the closing three days. Sam Connor (Beta), Jack Challoner (Beta) and Sam Haslam (Gas Gas) rounded out the overall top ten, as just eight marks separated these three particular riders after a long week of riding.

Emma Bristow (Ossa) overcame a last minute scare and mechanical difficulties during today to claim a well deserved and executed win amongst the female riders, this being her second success in this class in a row. Andrew Anderson (JotaGas) was a clear winner in the fight to be the best Scottish competitor despite a late charge from local rider Kevin Dignan (Gas Gas).

After only making the entry list at the last minute Bradley Cox (Beta) made a textbook Scottish debut and thoroughly enjoyed every minute of his Highland adventure to claim the prize for best newcomer. This teenager rider could be one to watch at future SSDT events, and maybe an overall winner in years to come. The battle of the older guards was nearly as tight as the headline winner, with Adam Norris (Beta) grabbing the Over 40 victory by a single mark from John Shirt (Gas Gas) who had led from the start to day five.

Although the sun only shone rarely during the week, the SSDT once again shone with 276 riders enjoying six days of sporting excellence in the Highlands, which was capped by the closest finish ever and history being made. Roll on May 2013.

Dougie Lampkin (Gas Gas) wins SSDT for a sixth record breaking time

Lampkin moves into the le…

Lampkin moves into the lead on Tough Thursday
Written by MJ Trials Central

As the 2012 Scottish Six Days Trial (SSDT) moved into the sharp end of the competition, Dougie Lampkin (Gas Gas) emerged as the new overall leader. Whilst the thirty-six-year old bemoaned his failure in the final group at Fersit today, when he unexpectedly stalled his two-stroke machine, the five times previous SSDT winner’s daily total of six marks was still sufficient to put him clear of the pack. Dougie’s tally for the week now stands at seven marks, giving him a three mark advantage over his closest challenger.

Jordi Pascuet (JotaGas) who had topped the tables for the opening three days saw his crusade for the win falter slightly as he dropped 13 marks today after having been clean up until this morning. The popular Spanish rider now sits third place in the overall rankings, but remains very much in contention with two days to go.

Last year’s runner up Michael Brown (Gas Gas) has now moved up into second place on ten marks, after having lost six marks today. His plight for his first ever SSDT victory continues, so could 2012 just be Michael’s turn to take the top spot? James Dabill (Beta) is still in the hunt to make it two wins in a row, he is currently tied with Pascuet on thirteen marks in total. As with Lampkin, Dabill’s heaviest losses came at the latter sections of the day with him adding eight to his score after his passage through the final Fersit group.

Enduro rider Tom Sagar (Montesa) continues to show his all round bike skills, his tally of eight today keeps him in an incredible fifth spot overall. 2010 SSDT winner Alexz Wigg (Gas Gas) was one of four riders to record a score of six marks today, that being the equal best performance for Thursday. Wigg sits just one mark behind Sagar in sixth position in the main results table at this point.

Newcomer Bradley Cox (Beta) found out what a real ‘Scottish’ day is like, yet despite the rough and near arctic conditions the teenager still heads the list of best first timers. Emma Bristow (Ossa) has experienced the harsh nature of this event before, however remains undeterred in her campaign to become the top female rider for the second year in a row.

Scotland’s flag waver Andrew Anderson (JotaGas) is still the number one home rider, yet is under pressure from the ranks and will need to keep an eye on local protagonist Kevin Dignan (Gas Gas) who is a man on the move. Despite his early start today Adam Norris (Beta) is now closing in on Over 40 class leader John Shirt (Gas Gas) to set up a tense finale between these two SSDT veterans.

Day four lived up to its billing, with it not only being the longest route of the week, but also the toughest as the Scottish weather added extra severity to an already challenging day. Even the top riders suffered in the driving rain and near freezing temperatures, so it is hard to imagine just what the lesser lights have been through today just to make it back to the parc ferme ready for the final two days of competition.

Friday is always a favourite amongst riders and spectators alike. The 82-mile trip around the peninsula offers easy access for the fans to hop from group to group, whilst the mainly tarmac route will provide welcome respite for the weary bodies that now have the finish in sight

Dougie Lampkin (Gas Gas) Leading on a tough Thurday – 2012 Scottish Six Day Trial

Pascuet leads at the half…

Pascuet leads at the halfway stage
Written by MJ Trials Central

Jordi Pascuet (JotaGas) sat alone at the top of the leader board as the 2012 Scottish Six Days Trial (SSDT) reached its halfway stage earlier today. The Spanish rider went clean for the third day in a row, to give himself a real possibility of providing the new bike brand with an incredible SSDT winning debut with three days to go.

However having already won the SSDT five times previously, Dougie Lampkin (Gas Gas) remains a strong threat to spoiling the Spanish party as he dropped just a single dab today to stay very much in contention for top honours come the end of the week. The struggle at the top is far from a two-way fight at this stage, with a mere nine marks separating the top ten riders. Ian Austermuhle (Beta) and Alexz Wigg (Gas Gas) are a part of this elite chasing group having both gone clean today along with Pascuet, and currently hold fifth and ninth places overall respectively.

Centenary SSDT victor James Dabill (Beta) could still make it two wins in a row, his tally of one for today and three for the week thus far means he continues to be in touching distance of his two peers. It is a very similar story for Michael Brown (Gas Gas) who has often been the bridesmaid in this classic event, but is yet to get his hands on the famous trophy. His one dab ride today puts him on four marks in total and certainly keeps alive his dream of seeing his name engraved on the main piece of silverware come Saturday evening.

In the sub plots, Emma Bristow (Ossa) continues to lead her female rivals as she bids for a second win in a row, whilst young Bradley Cox (Beta) remains on course to be the best newcomer after yet another day that confirmed his liking of the traditional Scottish hazards. Runner up to Amos Bilbao (Montesa) last year in the Over 40 class, John Shirt now looks a good bet to go one better this time around. The fight to be top Scottish rider remains fierce, with Andrew Anderson (JotaGas) currently heading the pursuing clan.

Day three of the 2012 SSDT proved to be the toughest so far, with the many moor crossings taking their toll on the tiring riders on a day when there was little time to relax. The early runners were faced with a new opening group at Loch Eil that proved to be a slippery start before moving on to the more familiar sections at Annat and Trotters Burn, which were equally as slick for the front riders. This was a theme that continued throughout the day, with the later riders enjoying the biggest benefit of riding at the back of the pack thus far this week.

Tomorrow sees the second and deciding half of the trial get underway with the longest daily route of the six. Thursday begins with the hefty jaunt out to Chairlift, which accounts for 24 of the 126 miles that will be completed by the remaining riders. The long day will come to a close with seven sections at Fersit, which can often play an important part in deciding the eventual winner.

Pascuet leads at the halfway stageof the 2012 SSDT