Ride the Spanish TrialGP track with Dougie Lampkin

Join the legendary British rider on the course at the opening round of the 2017 TrialGP season.
By Paul Keith

It's the opening round of TrialGP this weekend and we've enlisted Dougie Lampkin to be your guide around the obsacle course laid out for the world's best motorbike trials riders.

Dougie has played an important role plotting the 15 hazards in Camprodon, Spain, for the opening round of the 2017 FIM Trial World Championship.

The Spanish round is significant because it's also the home round of the two red-hot favourites: Toni Bou, the 10-time world champion and most dominant rider in the sport's history, and rival Adam Raga, the world champion in 2005 and 2006.

The most recent rider to beat Bou in competiton is fan favourite Takahisa Fujinami, who was World Champion in 2004 and finished in third place last season. At 37, the Honda Factory rider is competing in his 22nd World Championship campaign and will be determined to add to his total of 33 event wins.

You can watch qualifying live on the Red Bull Motorsports Facebook page tomorrow and you can follow the action on TrialGP.com. But before all of that, don’t miss Dougie's course guide in the video player below.

Section One: the qualifying course 

Natural selection

Dougie Lampkin has worked closely with the FIM’s official section plotter Jordi Pascuet to create a challenging course full of variation and obstacles out of the natural terrain of the Spanish Pyrenees. 

“We’ve tried to make some nice natural sections because here the terrain is amazing for that,” says Dougie. “We’ve got quite a few different variations, starting off with some big dry rocks before we go down to a small stream and then there are some big sections on the bankings to finish.”

“It’s very rare to get all those types of terrain in one Trial and we were determined to make full use of them.”

Section Two

A mountain to climb

So just how tough is this course going to be? “Tough,” says Lampkin. “This is the World Championship and it’s important not to forget that we’re trying to find out who the best rider is.”

“I hope it’s slightly wet under the trees without being saturated. If it continues to dry out we’ll probably have to tighten a few things up but if it stays like it is now, I’ll be really happy – although we could quite easily make some last-minute changes on Saturday if we need to.”

Section Three

A top trials rider needs a technique that combines agility, speed and balance to defy gravity, beat the clock and finish on top. Judging by the course, this weekend's opening round promises to test the riders' skills to the limit. 

Watch qualifying live on the Red Bull Motorsports Facebook page tomorrow and you can follow the action on TrialGP.com.

 

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