MICHELIN AT THE ‘SCOTTISH’ 2015 Day 4
MICHELIN AT THE ‘SCOTTISH’ 2015
Day 4 of the Scottish Six Days Trial is by far one of the most challenging, with the usual 30 hazards, but spread over a 96 mile course, over some of the toughest off-road terrains seen in the event.
The fourth day of this prestigious event was mainly on the moors and open tracks in which the riders would encounter snow, rain and sunshine as they rode out to the Perthshire border. Fortunately the sun shone for the latter part of the day as the riders faced the 15 mile road ride back to Parc Ferme.
Eight times SSDT winner, Dougie Lampkin, is riding the new Vertigo brand in its first ever Highland event. Fellow Vertigo rider, James Dabill, gave the Spanish brand its international debut in the World Trials Championship in Japan just over two weeks ago, after the manufacturer introduced the machine to the press back in November at EICMA. The Vertigo team has chosen to use exclusively Michelin tyres in their bid for victory.
After a faultless performance on day 3, where Lampkin parted with no marks and opened up a small advantage over Sam Haslam, he then went on to back that up with another perfect day on Thursday.
The most difficult hazard was at the group named Gorton, which required total commitment to make a clean passage over the rocks. Lampkin used the performance of the Michelin X-Light to produce a confident ride, thus increasing his advantage over Haslam to 7 marks.
James Dabill had his push for victory interrupted on his early day, which was Tuesday, when he incurred time penalties. However, the Vertigo rider is fighting his way back up the order and only parted with a single mark, moving him into eighth position on 37 marks lost. With the rotation of the riding numbers, both the leader Lampkin, and James Fry on the Sherco in third place, still have their respective early days at the front of the field to come, with Lampkin taking his turn on Friday and Fry his on Saturday.
Sherco mounted Emma Bristow, is now well on her way to another Best Lady rider award for Michelin tyres, as she moved up another position into 42nd place, with the next best lady rider Becky Cook in 92nd on 106 marks lost.