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Roy Bridge trials rider, Ben Dignan, has put Scotland on the map with his third place finish in the FIM World Trial125 Championship standings.
The Lochaber youngster was awarded his bronze FIM World Trial125 Championship medal on the podium in Italy on Sunday, October 11, alongside the French Beta rider Leo Guiraud, 2nd, and fellow Vertigo rider Pau Martinez from Spain in first place.
The weekend had been a great finish to the 2020 season for the young Scot as he finished day one in fifth having dropped 80 points. On day two Ben pulled it back with a nail-biting finish just one point behind fellow Brit, Jack Dance on the Gas Gas TXT, putting him on the podium in second.
Alexz Wigg, Ben’s mentor and former Junior World Champion commented: ‘After a rude awakening at the first round, Ben really settled into his riding and grew with confidence as the season progressed.
‘He kept working hard and was improving with every trial. He really kept his cool on numerous occasions especially during the round in Andorra, which he won, and the last day in Italy which secured his third place.
‘I am very proud of how far he has come in our short time working together.’
Ben added: ‘I can’t put into words how happy I am and to be able to say I finished third in the world. It’s is a bit surreal, especially in such a competitive championship.
‘This year wouldn’t have been possible without the support of my mentor Alexz Wigg, Dougie Lampkin and the Vertigo team, my family and all my sponsors. Thank you everyone.’
Ben has been riding trials since the age of four and has competed for a number of years in the Scottish Championship and the ACU Trial GB Championship. In 2019 he was crowned the ACU British Trial125 Champion as well as being the first Scottish rider to finish third in the FIM Trial European Championship.
Earlier this year, the 17-year-old signed for 12 times Trial World Champion Dougie Lampkin’s Vertigo factory team and set his sights on competing in the FIM Trial125 World Championship. Across the four rounds, Ben has achieved top 10 finishes every round including a third in Spain and a win in Andorra.
Dougie commented: ‘Ben has done brilliantly in what has proved a very competitive class.
‘At the start of the season, few would have put his name in the mix to take home a medal, but he has showed great maturity and consistency, and coped amazing well under pressure when it counted.
‘Third place overall and a GP win too is a great reward for all the work he has put in over recent months.’
Ben’s efforts will now be turned to winter training in Europe with mentor Alexz Wigg ahead of next year.