MICHELIN AT THE ‘SCOTTISH’ 2015
The penultimate day of the annual Scottish Six Days Trial provided glorious weather for the remaining 247 riders. Competitors enjoyed beautiful scenery as they rode around the Moidart peninsula, tackling another 30 hazards over 80 miles of predominantly road riding. It was only really after the lunch check at Strontian that the riders encountered some open-moor terrain, but in the sunshine this was motorcycle trials riding at its best.
After five days of competition it is Yorkshireman, Dougie Lampkin, on the Vertigo that has broken away with a 9 point lead in his quest for a record-breaking 9 SSDT victories. Lampkin has already tasted victory at the very top of the sport in the World Trials championship, where he recorded over 100 individual wins on his way to 12 championship crowns (the majority of which were won using Michelin tyres). Lampkin is now regarded by many as the best ever Trials rider.
Behind Lampkin there is an intense battle between Gas Gas team riders Sam Haslam in 2nd position and local Scotsman Gary Macdonald in 3rd. Using the Michelin X-Light tyres in the difficult conditions to obtain maximum control these two riders are separated by just a single mark as they prepare for the final day.
In 4th position Sherco rider James Fry has fallen away from the leading 3 riders after a difficult day today. His early day is the final one tomorrow where he will have to riding at his very best to fight of 5th place rider Richard Sadler who is just 2 marks behind Fry.
World and Ladies Trials Champion Emma Bristow is well ahead of fellow Michelin rider Becky Cook but as with her partner James Fry the Sherco mounted riders face their early start day today, but as it’s the final day it looks like Bristow barring disaster will pick up another Best Lady rider award in the event.