TRIALS NEWS – SCOTTISH SIX DAYS09/05/2019
The opening day of the 2019 Scottish Six Days Trial saw rider number 1, Catalan veteran Carlos Casas (Vertigo) leave the Fort William start at 7.30am with the remainder of the 283 contenders following at one minute intervals. Thankfully the weather remained fine and dry, give or take the odd snow flurry for the 71 mile course taking in 30 observed sections spread over ten separate groups.
And at the end of the day as the field cleared the final group at Lagnaha, there were just two riders still boasting a clean sheet – last year’s runner-up James Dabill (Beta), seeking a third SSDT victory and Welsh ace Iwan Roberts (TRS) who has set himself up perfectly for a podium placing.
In the all-star Over-40 class Dougie Lampkin led on one followed by his cousin Ben Hemingway who dropped five on the Beta four-stroke with Montesa mounted Spanish veteran Amos Bilbao on just six.
James Dabill eased the factory Beta into the sole lead of the 2019 Scottish Six Days Trial today (Tuesday) with a clean observation score for the second consecutive day to remain the only rider to retain a clean sheet through the two days and sixty 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 ten mark loss for the day. It wasn’t a good day for the TRRS contenders as the normally ultra-dependable Ross Danby also dropped ten and slipped out of the top ten overall scores.
Sitting ominously in third place, shadowing the leading duo, is Dougie Lampkin on the factory Vertigo. In the rotating starting order, Tuesday was Doug’s early day and it started disastrously with Doug losing three marks in the final section of the second group of the day. The stream bed at Forest Gate, which followed three sections up the loose rocks at Laggan Locks, was super slippery and cost many fancied runners dearly. Dougie re-grouped as only he can though and concentrated hard to clean the rest of the day in a damage limitation exercise. He will of course move to the back of the field on Wednesday and resume his attack on a thirteenth SSDT victory.
James Dabill (Beta) retained his lead in the 2019 Scottish Six Days Trial as the prestigious Edinburgh and District Motor Club’s event reached the half way stage on Wednesday evening surviving his early start day with a loss of just two marks, his first of the week.
The day’s route began heading south from Fort William before taking a trip across Loch Linnhe on the Corran ferry and immediately into the first group at Ardgour. Riders then headed Strontian taking in the Carnoch group. More roadwork to Bellsgrove then off-road to Coire Dubh and then cross country alongside Loch Shiel before returning to Fort William via sections at Uachan, Fassfern and Annat and the final group at spectator favourite Trotters Burn with today’s route clocking up seventy-seven miles in total.
The three-man battle for honours as Best Scottish rider saw the lead change for the third time in three days as Andy Anderson (Scorpa) hit the front from Joe Dawson (TRRS) with yesterday’s leader Calum Murphy (TRRS) relegated to third with just seven marks separating the front runners.
In the Scottish Newcomers Danny Sutherland (Gas Gas) eased ahead of Montesa mounted Andrew Rose with just five marks separating the duo.