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Dougie Lampkin honoured at FIM Gala in Monte Carlo
Silsden's Dougie Lampkin joined an illustrious line up of current world champions and other two- wheel legends when he was honoured for his sporting achievements by FIM president Vito Ippolito at their gala in Monte Carlo.
Lampkin stepped down from the FIM Trials World Championship earlier this season after 19 years of competing at the top level in which he gained 12 individual FIM world titles.
During his two-day stay in the Mecca of motor sport, Dougie took part in a variety of activities that included a one-to-one FIM-TV.com interview with presenter Lisa Leyland and a unique multi-rider press conference alongside other legends, inlcuding many 2012 FIM world champions.
During the main gala ceremony that took place in front of over 500 guests and aired live to millions of TV viewers around the globe, Lampkin presented Toni Bou and Laia Sanz with their respective FIM gold medals for their achievements this season.
Interviewed on stage by FIM gala host Suzi Perry, 36-year-old Dougie explained how he is looking forward to his new and less competitive role within the industry as he switches from being a full- time rider to becoming a sporting ambassador for trials riding and his associated sponsors and partners.
However, Lampkin still plans to compete in selected trial and extreme Enduro events in 2013, alongside many promotional commitments.
Dougie said: "It was a great privilege to be invited to and to be part of the FIM gala, especially as it came in a year when I stopped riding in the FIM Trial World Championship.
"It was really nice to spend time with so many other FIM world champions as it is was a unique opportunity to have so many of us in one place at the same time."
He added: "Obviously I was delighted to receive my own award and to be recognised by the FIM as a legend at such a young age, when you compare me against the other legends who were also present, but equally I was very pleased to be able to present both Toni (Bou) and Laia (Sanz) with their medals as they are two riders I have worked closely with over the years."
"Although I will be riding in only selected events in 2013, it is already shaping up to be another busy year when you take into account all my other commitments."