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2016-05-03

Just twelve months ago Vertigo created history at the Scottish Six Days Trial (SSDT) as Dougie Lampkin rode the then prototype Combat to victory on what was its debut for the revolutionary two-stroke fuel injected machine in this World famous event. That marked Lampkin's ninth SSDT win, in what remains regarded as the ultimate reliability test for both man and machine.

Yesterday marked the start of the 2016 SSDT in Fort William, Scotland with nearly three hundred riders from twenty countries having once again gathered to do battle in this ultra-tough almost week long competition. A year on from fielding a few prototype bikes, Vertigo is back at the SSDT this year with almost thirty production versions of the Combat model inside the entry with again Dougie leading the line up as he looks to defend this coveted title.

Typically, yesterday saw the latest edition of this historic event get underway in extremely testing conditions with torrential rain playing havoc with the planned sections. Rising water levels forced the organisers to cancel eight of the thirty sections on Monday's route, six of these being in the opening group which was simply impassable due to the rain that fell throughout Sunday night and for most of Monday morning.

Riding number twenty-five Dougie was at the front of the field on day one and had to lead the way in terms of plotting a route through the deep water that filled many of the hazards before the lunch break. Far from ideal, as the water levels fell for the late riders as the rain reduced as the day wore on, Lampkin survived his opening encounter relatively well and holds an initial sixth position on a total of eight marks going into day two.

With a slightly more suited starting position mid-way through the pack, factory Vertigo rider James Dabill – number one hundred and seven - also confirmed himself as a contender with a solid first day performance. Dabill, who is already twice a winner of this event, ended Monday with a loss of six marks and in fifth position to make it two Combats inside the top six at this early stage of the 2016 SSDT.

Despite the terrible weather all the Vertigo riders made it safely back to the parc ferme by the close of play on Monday. For those brave enough to continue, today will see the riders face a ninety-three mile route that is hard to predict, with several new groups of sections included for what is sure to be another punishing day in the saddle.

All Vertigo riders present at the SSDT have the full support of the factory staff who are on hand to assist as and when required and can make full use of the Vertigo service / hospitality vehicle that is situated just a few metres from the entrance to the parc ferme. Just one more reason why it makes sense to become part of the growing Vertigo family.

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