Two Wheel Legends, Danny MacAskill and Dougie Lampkin, Launch UK Leg of 2010 Motorcycle Trial World Championship

Red Bull two wheel athletes (twelve times motorcycle Trials World Champion) Dougie Lampkin and (You Tube Street Trials phenomenon) Danny MacAskill joined forces today (Thursday 29 April 2010), in Edinburgh, to mark the final count down to the UK leg of the 2010 SPEA FIM Trial World Championship; to be staged at Nevis Range, Fort William, in the Outdoor Capital of the UK, from 25 – 27 June 2010.

The FIM Trial World Championship is the most important and the best motorcycle trial competition series on the international calendar. It is the first year since 1992 that Scotland has hosted a stage of this prestigious World Championship series; and will see seven other Grand Prix events being hosted in Spain, Portugal, Japan, France, San Marino, Italy and the Czech Republic.

As a major focus for both country and rider sixty of the World's best riders from fifteen countries around the globe will descend on the Scottish Highlands for two days of awesome and hotly contested competition for valuable points towards the 2010 World Pro (male only at Fort William), World Junior (male and female) and World Youth (male and female) titles.

Yorkshireman Dougie Lampkin (2009 world number 6), who has dominated the modern era of the sport with twelve World Championship titles to his name, will be leading the UK charge and looking for that all important win on home soil.

Dougie Lampkin – Beta, said: “This is definitely the biggest event for me this year. Fort William is the home of trials thanks to the Scottish Six Days Trial, and has some of the best trials terrain on the planet in the surrounding area. Nevis Range is an incredible venue for this event and confirms why the region is regarded as the Outdoor Capital of the UK. It would be a great stage for me to win my 100th GP, especially in front of my home fans.”

Top international riders competing to stand on top of the Fort William podium include Toni Bou (current and three times World Champion and 2010 Indoor World Champion) and Adam Raga (2009 world number 2 and two times World Champion), both from Spain, together with Takahisa Fujinami (2009 world number 3 and 2004 World Champion) from Japan.

Over 8,000 spectators are expected to attend the biggest and most spectacular display of trials riding ever seen on British soil. The main competition days will be Saturday and Sunday with Friday's timetable offering a mixture of unique and exclusive activities including autograph and meet and greet sessions with the world's top riders, official practice and 'Kickstart – The Return'. Friday will also be a great day to plan the best viewing points ready for the exciting competition over the weekend.

Tickets are now on sale with various cost saving advanced packages now available; from an adult two day pass (£34.95) to a three day limited edition VIP pass that includes meals and refreshments, reserved grandstand seating, rider meet and greet and mountain gondola access (£124.95).

Organisers L+M Events have signed a three-year agreement with the FIM (International Motorcycling Federation), on an exclusive basis, to deliver a round of the SPEA FIM Trial World Championship both in 2010 and 2012, plus the highly prestigious Trial Des Nations team event in 2011, all at Nevis Range, Fort William. It is the first time the inter-countries team competition's history that the Trial Des Nations is to be hosted on the UK mainland.

Jake Miller from organisers L + M Events Ltd, said: “Our aim is to deliver one of the best events the SPEA FIM Trial Championship has ever seen. This task has been made easier thanks to Fort William's history with the sport, the great facilities we have at Nevis Range and the support we have received from our funding partners. This is a must see event for anyone with any kind of interest in motorsport. What these guys can do on a motorbike is unbelievable, add to that the strong chance of several British winners and this promises to be three days of action to be remembered.”

The 2010 SPEA FIM Trial World Championship at Fort William is supported by EventScotland, Highland and Islands Enterprise and The Highland Council together with Nevis Range, Alcan, Forestry commission Scotland, VisitScotland, TMX and Hope.

Paul Bush OBE, Chief Operating Officer at EventScotland, the national events agency, said: “Nevis Range is one of Scotland's most iconic landscapes and will, without doubt, provide a sensational backdrop for the SPEA FIM Trials World Championship. This is the absolute pinnacle of motorcycle trials competition and the event will attract thousands of motorcycle enthusiasts to the Scottish Highlands as well as competitors from around the world and their supporters. The Trials will also enjoy massive global broadcast which will showcase Scotland's unrivalled scenery, enthusiastic supporters and fantastic terrain for adrenalin sports to millions.”

Convener of The Highland Council Councillor Sandy Park said: “We are delighted that the support from The Highland Council has helped to attract this World Class Trials Championship to Nevis Range and the Outdoor Capital of The UK which is the only UK leg of the Championship. I wish all the competitors the best of luck and trust that the spectators and supporters will have a truly magical experience and return to the Highlands again.”

For full details and for further event information on the visit the official event website – http://ukworldtrial.com/. You can also register to receive regular free updates as preparations for June 2010 take shape.

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Media Contact:

Paddy Cuthbert, Podge Publicity – T: 07968 699636 / E: paddy@podge.co.uk

For media accreditation contact: G2F Media – T: 0161 763 6660 / E: worldmedia@g2fmedia.com

Notes to Editors:

Useful Websites:

FIM – http://www.fim-live.com/en/

ACU – http://www.acu.org.uk/

Trials Central – http://wwwtrialscentral.com/

The Sport

Motorcycle trials is unique in the World of motorsport. It is the only discipline where the winner is decided on skill alone. It is is a test of riding skill over observed sections. When comptetitors ride the sections their feet must remain on the footrests of the motorcycle. They must negotiate steep gullies, slippery rock steps, rocky streams or boulder-streewn gorges. Sections vary in length and severity, and riders are penalized if they put their feet down to help them ride the section, and more so if they fail to negotiate the section in its entirety.

The sport originated in the UK nearly a century ago and has enjoyed a long association with Fort William and Lochaber – The Outdoor Capital of the UK – as host to the World famous Scottish Six Days Trial. This year's event will be staged in the area from 3 to 8 May.

2010 represents the thirty fifth edition of the SPEA FIM Trial World Championship. Co-Director of L+M Events, organisers of the 2010 SPEA FIM Trial World Championship at Fort William, Martin Lampkin, was the first ever FIM Trial World Champion back in 1975, and is also a multiple winner of the Scottish Six Days Trial along with other members of perhaps the World's most famous motorcycling family.

As a venue for the 2010 SPEA FIM Trial World Championship Nevis Range is exceptional. It is home to unrivalled natural trials terrain anywhere in the World. It offers both technical and challenging sections to test both man and machine to the full, guaranteeing world class action. The venue also has a rich motorcycle history as host venue for the World-renowned Scottish Six Day Trial making it a Mecca for trials riders and fans alike. This combined with good local accommodation, extensive local amenities and facilities, excellent site infrastructure and a proven track record of hosting other World status events makes Nevis Range the perfect stage for a winning World Championship event.

World Championship Classes

World Pro – As the name suggests, this is the World's elite – the professionals, the best on the planet.

World Junior – This class is for riders aged 18 to 23 years old and is a feeder class for the top category.

World Youth – Riders in this class are restricted to 125cc machines, and must be aged 16 to 18 years old.

The Trial des Nations

The Trial des Nations is regarded as 'the Jewel in the Crown' in World motorcycling and is strongly supported by the majority of national federations affiliated to the FIM.

This annual event normally attracts teams from around twenty-five nations and caters for both female and male riders. The competition takes place over three days with the final round of the FIM Women's Trial World Championship opening proceedings ahead of the two team events. The three member ladies teams then fight it out on Saturday prior to Sunday's main trial, when the mighty four man squads battle it out for top honours.

Governing Bodies

The 2010 & 2012 SPEA FIM Trial World Championship and Trial Des Nations 2011 will be run on behalf of the Federation Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM) which is the World governing body of motorcycle sport.

The Auto Cycle Union (ACU), the British motorcycle federation, has sanctioned these events to be run within its territory.

The events will be run in accordance with the FIM sporting code, trial regulations, technical rules and environmental code, with delegates from both the FIM and the ACU present throughout the events to ensure compliancy.

Funding & Support

The 2010 SPEA FIM Trial World Championship has secured the backing of EventScotland, Highland Council and the Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE).

Contact: Paddy Cuthbert
Phone: 07968699636
Email: paddy@podge.co.uk
Website: http://www.ukworldtrial.com/