Martin Lampkin, English motorcycle trials rider, Died at 65

Martin Lampkin was born on December 28, 1950, and died on April 3, 2016.

He was an English professional motorcycle competitor.

He competed in a variety of off-road motorcycle events, but specialized in observed trials competitions, winning the inaugural FIM Trial World Championship held in 1975.

Martin was made the father of twelve-time trials world champion, Dougie Lampkin.

During a genre of motorcycling competition that features balletic grace and acrobatic finesse, Lampkin was an iconoclast, using sheer momentum and physical strength to assault trials course sections.

He was the third son in a Yorkshire motorcycling dynasty, Lampkin was raised in Silsden, where he began riding motorcycles at an early age.

Martin’s older brothers Arthur and Alan Lampkin were successful motorcycle racers and became members of the BSA factory racing team in the 1960s.

During the early 1970s, he built himself as one of the top competitors in motorcycle trials, gaining the attention of Francisco Bultó, the owner of the Bultaco motorcycle company.

Francisco Bultó offered him a job as a member of the Bultaco factory trials team and, in 1973 he won the European trials championship as well as the British trials national championship.

And, the European championship was considered to be the world championship at the time, as the sport of trials had yet to develop outside of Europe.

During 1975 European championship was upgraded to world championship status and Lampkin claimed the title to become the first-ever trials world champion.

Martin had continued to gain major success in the world championships until 1980, when the Bultaco factory began to experience financial troubles.

Later, Lampkin joined the SWM factory team until he retired from professional competition in 1982.

Other than his European and World Championship titles, Martin Lampkin was also a four-time winner of the Scott Trial (1977, 1978, 1981, 1982), a three-time winner of the British trials national championship (1973, 1978, 1980) and won the grueling Scottish Six Days Trial three consecutive times (1976, 1977, 1978).

Following his retirement from the competition, Martin Lampkin supported his son Dougie Lampkin as he embarked on a successful professional motorcycle trials career.

Martin Lampkin passed away at 65 yrs old.