First Dougie Lampkin invitational event is a big hit

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Twelve-time world champion Dougie Lampkin is celebrating a successful first-ever DL12 indoor trials event in Sheffield, with tickets due to go on sale for next year’s show soon.

The DL12 Indoor Trial took place at Sheffield’s Utilita Arena on Saturday, January 7, with star riders from across the globe competing for the win.

They included 32-time champion Toni Bou scaling an array of challenging obstacles, including an elevated angled platform up over part of the arena seating, on his Repsol Honda machinery.

Riders at the start area of the Dougie Lampkin Invitational

The event was eventually won by six-time world champion Adam Raga, who completed a hattrick of victories at the Steel City venue – the first of which came back in 2005, and the second in 2016.

“I am super-happy – this is amazing,” Raga commented. “I had back surgery one month and one week ago and I have worked very hard to recover for the trial.”

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Legends assemble for Dougie Lampkin invitational

First published on December 14, 2022, by Stuart Prestidge

Dougie Lampkin in action at an exhibition event

Twelve times Trials World Champion Dougie Lampkin will chase away the winter blues as he puts on the first DL12 indoor trials event in Sheffield next month.

Fan favourite Lampkin has invited eight of the world’s best riders to compete in the DL12 Indoor Trial event, to battle it out over a precision course he has been designing for several months.

“Since we announced the event back in May I have spent the last six months planning six new sections and two races to test the top riders who have been invited,” said Lampkin.

“The course is going to be mega and includes an elevated angled platform up over part of the arena seating which has never been done in Britain before.

“That’s been the most difficult to plan as the 25-degree angle changes everything,” he says.

Included in the line-up are 32- time World Champion, Spanish rider Toni Bou, undefeated, indoor or out, for the past 16 years, who will be returning to the UK for the first time in three years.

Lampkin said: “If you compare the type and size of indoor sections I was riding with what they are riding now, there is simply no comparison.

“We’ve all seen what Toni can do on an Africa Twin on his social media videos but put him on his trial bike and it’s hard to build something big and tough enough to challenge, let alone stop him.

“That said, I am happy with the sections I’ve got for him and the other riders, and with the new MCs and overall production I’m sure it’s going to be a great show.”

Also included among the eight invitees is 16-year-old Trial3 (125cc) World Champion – and Dougie Lampkin’s nephew – Harry Hemingway.

“I wasn’t too sure if Dougie was being serious or not when he told me. I was getting to grips with having just become World Champion and next thing I am being asked to ride at Dougie’s first indoor event,” said Hemingway.

“I didn’t take long to say ‘yes’. It will be an amazing experience for me especially in front of so many British fans.”

Lampkin added: “Harry has already showed that he can compete at the highest level. I’m sure once he moves to the bigger bike, he’ll go up another level.”

The event will take place on Saturday, January 7 at the Utilita Arena Sheffield, and continues the Lampkin legacy which began with his late father, Martin, who became the first Trial World Champion in 1975.

Tickets cost £39.95 for adults, £29.95 for U14s from