RIDING legend Dougie Lampkin will make his final Sheffield bow early next year when ‘Sheffield 2012’ comes to the city’s Motorpoint Arena in January.
Lampkin, who has been awarded the MBE, is the only rider in a star-studded Arena Trials line up to have appeared at every event to date - an impressive total of 17.
A star-studded international line up will compete for the ‘King of Sheffield’ crown on January 7, including mounted double World Champion Toni Bou, World No2 and Gas Gas No1 Adam Raga and ex-World Champion Takahisa Fujinami (Repsol Montesa).
They will be battling it out with the best of the Brits in what is being billed as ‘A night to remember’ - especially for Lampkin.
The best of the Brits will also be fighting it out to take the crown: including back to back British Champion James Dabill (Beta), World number six Michael Brown (Gas Gas) and Jack Challoner (Beta).
Promoter Neil Crosswaite, of Avondale management, said: “We have been in discussions with the FIM for some time now, but just couldn’t come to terms regarding World Championship status. One of the sticking points is having to agree to live TV coverage, which means we can’t set our own schedule.
“Another point is Sheffield needs to run and we want to run our 17 event with our top British riders, the list of available riders that the FIM provided excluded all but one of our British riders.
“So, I am more than happy because we are running with the line up we want, to the format and timetable of our choice.
“We will be giving our lads a sporting chance to perform against the best riders in the World and you won’t get that anywhere but Sheffield.”
Organisers say that the event’s half-time entertainment is “going to lift the roof”, but are keeping exact details under wraps.
Tickets are available now with adult priced at £32.50 and under-14s at £22.50. Box office 0114 256 56 56 – www.motorpointarena.co.uk