As the British Trial Grand Prix draws ever nearer, some of the UK's brightest stars have their eyes firmly set on a memorable home victory come round four of the 2010 SPEA FIM Trial World Championship at Nevis Range, Fort William, from 25 to 27 June.
Spearheading the impressive line-up of British riders that will travel to the Scottish Highlands, to showcase their incredible skills and balance, is twelve times FIM Trial World Champion and all round trials legend Dougie Lampkin. The unrelenting and über talented Yorkshireman will travel to Fort William motivated not only by a good result on home soil, but also by the opportunity to record his 100th GP win.
“Nevis Range is now my big focus,” said Lampkin. “After the disappointment of losing out at this year's Scottish Six Days Trial due to an electrical problem, I am looking to return to the Highlands to make amends. The natural sections really suit my riding style, and in the back of my mind I know that this is a big opportunity for me to secure my 100th GP win.
Lampkin continued; “I know the crowd will really be behind me and I will be going all out to reward their long and loyal support. To achieve this landmark victory on home soil would truly be a dream come true.”
Dougie is not alone in his quest for success over two days of competition in Scotland. Rising Junior and Youth class starlets Jack Challoner and Jack Sheppard are also aiming to score an unforgettable win in front of a home crowd.
Challoner who won on both days at the last round of the Trial World Championship in Japan and currently sits in second place in the World Junior class, is favourite to triumph at Nevis Range.
“Obviously I am really looking forward to the UK leg of the World Championship,” confirmed Challoner. “The venue looks spectacular and will be a privilege to be able to ride in there. Hopefully us British lads will have a lot of home support and we can reward the fans with a victory. I am only three points off Alfredo Gomez in the title hunt so a good result could see me leapfrog him in the standings. That is my intention.”
Like Challoner his team-mate, Jack Sheppard is also looking to reduce the gap between himself and Pol Tarres in the World Youth division. Sheppard, who bagged his first ever Grand Prix victory in Japan, currently trails the Spaniard by ten points.
“It was great to win my first ever GP in Motegi, but in a way it was a bitter sweet victory because my family was not there to share the moment. To win again at home, in front of my friends and family, would be terrific. It would be an amazing feeling and it would do my title hopes no harm at all!”
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Notes to Editors:
On 25, 26 and 27 June 2010, the Nevis Range, Fort William, will stage the UK leg of the 2010 SPEA FIM Trial World Championship, the thirty-fifth edition of the biggest, the most important and the best motorcycle trial competition series on the international calendar. It is the first time since 1992 that Scotland has hosted a stage of the World Championship series; that will see seven other Grand Prix events being staged in Spain, Portugal, Japan, France, San Marino, Italy and the Czech Republic in 2010.
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.
Up to 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.
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.
FIM – http://www.fim-live.com/en/
ACU – http://www.acu.org.uk/
Trials Central – http://wwwtrialscentral.com/
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.