The British rider came back after his ankle injury and
improves the third position achieved in 2010.
The Gas Gas rider Dougie Lampkin was one of
the most outstanding protagonists of the
legendary Erzberg Rodeo Xtreme Enduro, held
this weekend in the Austrian village of Eisenerz.
The British came to the race still dragging
discomfort in his right ankle after the injury he
suffered in the Scottish Trial and without being
able to race any enduro since February, but still
managed second place absolute.
After qualifying in the twenty-sixth place in the
Generali Iron Road (the race prologue), Dougie
took advantage that started from the front row to
not force the machine during the early stages of
the Red Bull Hare Scramble, the final test. This
tactic allowed him to keep forces for the
intermediate and final sections, overtaking without
running excessive risks or problems the zones
where it was forbidden to receive external aid.
The last meters of the race, which takes place in a
space known as the Iron Giant (a mountain has
become one of the outdoor steel mines largest in
Europe), were some of the hardest for the Gas
Gas rider because he believed until the last
moment couldn't improve the third place he
achieved in 2010. However, the declassification of
Graham Jarvis to skip one control, allowed
Lampkin to rise to the second step of the podium
behind Taddy Blazusiak.
Dougie completed the 20 controls of the Red Bull
Hare Scramble in 2 hours, 18 minutes and 41
seconds, just over six and a half minutes of the
winner and more than twenty minutes advantage
over third-placed also British Jonny Walker.
'The Erzberg Rodeo itself is
massive, whole event is great'
The Gas Gas rider is convinced that, with good
preparation, he can fight for victory in the world's most
famous Enduro Xtreme.
-Two consecutive podiums in the world's most
popular Enduro extreme... not bad! Congratulations!
-Yes I'm really pleased with the result, the Erzberg
Rodeo itself is massive with over 40,000 spectators and
1800 riders! The whole event is great from the prologue
to the Hare Scramble.
-You came into the race with some discomfort in
your right ankle and without being able to ride in an
enduro for months... but wanted to participate
anyway, right? Why it's so important the Erzberg
-Its been a difficult season and the first time that I have
missed World Trials Championship races due to injury
since the start of my career in 1993. I have also been
very busy with the trials bike with events and shows.
Erzberg is a real challenge and I wanted to start it and
see if the ankle would hold on. I had a stronger boot
from Alpinestars and a large amount of tape to keep the
ankle solid and went for it.
-You believe that without the ankle problem would
have been able to win this year?
-I have only been on the Enduro bike two times since
Hell's Gate extreme Enduro at the start of February so
the preparation could not have been worse, to win this
event needs a lot more time on the bike. I want to push
for the win next year...
-What's the secret to win at the Iron Giant?
-Massive preparation, a lot of bike time and luck not to
damage the bike in all the crashes.
-What was the hardest moment in the race?
-Coming into the no help zone there are some really
tough places, one zone was on 10 metres long and took
me 10 minutes to push the bike through it...
-How you've seen the edition of this year and what
most would you highlight? The atmosphere, the
track, the competitors?
-This year the weather was not good with a lot of rain
during the days before, but the public still came to
support. The start is in the bottom of the quarry with 500
riders ready to start and the atmosphere is amazing
waiting for the start.
-This is the first time that you participate at Erzberg
with your new Gas Gas, what do you think?
-The bike was fantastic from start to finish over in all the
different terrain of the race and I was great feeling from
the bike, especially with the engine power and traction.
That made my race much more easy.
-From now on, what's your plan for the remainder of
-I need to let the ankle heal properly, when I ride the
Trials bike I feel the ankle has not support and the shock
through riding sections give me just too much pain. I
need to make a decision on riding in Italy very soon as
my body says no, but my head always wants to ride.