Richmond Motor Club, Scott Trial, Marske, Saturday

DOUGIE Lampkin won the toughest one day motorcycle trial in the world when he stormed the Scott Trials course on Saturday.

Eighty miles of moorland and not a road in sight and also seventy six unforgiving trials sections ranging from rivers to rocky climbs that sapped muscles and brought some competitors to their knees.

The Silsden rider, former winner and multi world champion Vertigo rider just attacked right from the start and at a pace the forty one year old five times winner could maintain.

Despite the speed element the fastest time was set by former winner James Dabill although he did lapse on the section penalties.

Ian Austermuhle, 2015 winner, beat twenty one year old Brompton on Swale agricultural plant operative James Stones by a single penalty to snatch second place ahead of Dabill and Leyburn joiner Richard Sadler.

Only one hundred and eighteen competitors completed the course from a total of two hundred and two starters.

The Scott Trial organising team led by Paul Robinson had a hard task marking the trials course and many of the sections. Streams normally just a trickle were swollen to critical depths.

The legendary Orgate Falls was running almost four feet above normal levels but miraculously on Saturday at 07.30 the 'tide' had receded.

The high winds later in the day followed by rain certainly gave observers and riders a tough time especially, the exposed Tank Trap, Surrender and Reels Head sections.

Many riders struck mechanical problems, British champion Jack Price suffered engine failure with two sections to ride at Clapgate.

National enduro star Billy Bolt, from Wallsend, blew his machine's engine after thirty two sections.

York's Tom Hick dropped out after twenty four sections. Norton gas rig technician Roger H Williams retired after just six sections but Richmond contestant Patrick Jukes beat Roger's undesired record by managing just four sections.

Maybe Roger was the lucky one. Welsh star Iwan Roberts was one of the unlucky but lucky riders.

A fall at the bottom of the Underbanks group of sections in the afternoon, exactly the same place and end result as last year slowed the north Wales rider who collected a gashed face and broken nose in his crash but had the consolation if winning the Kart House Trophy for a spirited sixth place result.

A phone call to his home at on Sunday brought the news of the nose injury from Iwan. Only two ladies entered. World and British trials champion Emma Bristow got her MRS Sherco home in thirty fourth position while Skeeby's Chloe Richardson got her Beta home in sixty third place.



Scarborough D.M.C. Jason Kirkwood Trial, Low North Park, Harwood Dale, 1.00 pm.


Northallerton D.M.C. club trial, Bilsdale,10.30 am.

Richmond Motor Club, easy trial, Hardstyles, 10.30 am.