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It was a ‘bitter sweet’ win for Vertigo rider Dougie Lampkin at this year’s Scottish Six Days Trial (SSDT) as he claimed his 11th victory but fell short of a clean week.
The 41-year-old continued to rewrite history on Saturday, as he picked up the SSDT trophy for an unprecedented 11th time with his best performance to date at the iconic event.
Losing just one mark on the sixth and final day, Dougie equalled the feat of Gordon Jackson who finished on the same score back in 1961.
Going into Saturday May 6 clean, Dougie needed just one steadying dab in the first section at Lower Mamore as his front wheel started to tuck, to run out a clear and comfortable winner after staying feet-up in the other 179 hazards.
He said: ‘It is quite a bitter sweet feeling really. Obviously it is amazing to win again, and to record my 11th SSDT victory, but equally I am disappointed at having fallen short at cleaning the whole week. I have thought about that dab far too much today and I am sure it will continue to be on my mind for a few more days yet.
‘Looking back I will always question if I needed it, but at the time it was an instinctive thing to do as my front wheel started to tuck. As soon as I started to put my foot down, the front wheel started to straighten itself up, but on the other hand I could have ended upside down and potentially ruined the whole week.
‘Equalling Gordon Jackson’s single dab ride is something I can be proud of.
‘Winning six years in row and making it a hat-trick for Vertigo is just incredible. I can’t thank the whole team I have around me enough, they have played their part again this week. Also having my mum up for the last few days and to be able to share the win with her is very special.’
Almost 300 entrants took part in this year’s event which saw Kinlochleven’s Gary MacDonald make history by becoming the first Scottish winner of the Pre-65 Trial, held in his home village of Kinlochleven.
Thirty-three-year-old Gary parted with eight marks on Friday May 5 and was unable to challenge the leaders.
Gary came in a very respectable seventh place overall, taking home the Ian Fender Quaich for the best performance by a Scottish competitor who has not won any other trophy, cup or class award.
For full results and trophies visit www.ssdt.org