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James Dabill eased the factory Beta into the sole lead of the 2019 Scottish Six Days Trial yesterday (Tuesday) with a clean observation score for the second consecutive day to remain the only rider to retain a clean sheet through the first two days and 60 sections of competition.
In contrast, Welsh ace Iwan Roberts (TRRS) who had shared the lead with Dabill following a clean ride on Monday dropped down to eleventh with a disastrous 10 mark loss for the day.
It was Gas Gas UK rider, Michael Brown who took over second place after day two with a very steady two mark ride for the day and just three in total.
Brown lost one mark at Forest Gate and the other in the third sub at spectator favourite Creag Lundie. Impressive for a rider who, by his own admission, is not riding nearly as much these days.
Sitting ominously in third place, shadowing the leading duo, is Dougie Lampkin on the factory Vertigo.
In the rotating starting order, Tuesday was Lampkin’s early day and it started disastrously with Lampkin losing three marks in the final section of the second group of the day. He re-grouped as only he can though and concentrated hard to clean the rest of the day in a damage limitation exercise.
After Dabill’s clean ride, only two riders made it round with just single marks, Sherco’s Dan Peace and Spanish ace Francesc Moret (Montesa).
Peace’s mark was lost in the top section of Creag Lundie whilst Moret made it to the penultimate group, Loch Arkaig, before signing off at a spectator packed Witches Burn.
Leading lady Emma Bristow (Sherco) – pictured above – coped brilliantly with the harsh conditions and sits in a superb 30th place on 28 marks, juxtaposed with the 82 of second placed girl, the ever cheerful Jess Bown.
Lampkin holds an eight point lead over Dan Thorpe (Gas Gas) in the well subscribed Over 40s class with Bassenthwaite Clubman Richard Gaskell (Beta) holding off Ben Hemingway (Beta) for third in class.
The Newcomers is a lockout by foreign riders with Frenchman benoit Dagnicourt (Vertigo) ahead of Italian Filippo Locca (Beta) and Germany’s Tobias Baptist (Montesa).
In the battle for the Best Scot award, Calum Murphy (TRRS) moved into the lead on a total of forty-four as fellow TRRS rider Joe Dawson slipped back to second just four marks behind.
However, Scorpa-mounted Andy Anderson made a big move up the leaderboard with a score of just fifteen for the day which slotted him into third place with just six marks covering the top three in class. Andrew Rose (Montesa) currently holds a healthy lead as the Best Scottish Newcomer.
Today’s (Wednesday) route will see the mileage back down to 77 but with a mixture of roadwork and forest tracks plus some short but sharp off-road sections.