12-time Trial World Champion Dougie Lampkin MBE has become the first person to successfully complete the iconic 37.7 mile Isle of Man TT course in the UK on just one wheel.
After decades of fierce speculation on whether a continuous wheelie lap of the course has happened before, or is even possible, motorsport legend Lampkin proved to the world live on Red Bull TV that it could be conquered.
Setting off a little too fast from the famous Grandstand, Lampkin had a struggle on his hands to settle down into the first few miles. The wind proved to be an ongoing concern through the most challenging milestones of the course. As expected, the infamous mountain section made for tense viewing as Lampkin fought gusts of 40mph.
Speaking after crossing the finishing line, Lampkin commented on just how tough the attempt was: “Up to ten times I came close to dropping and I thought I’d lost it twice. When you’ve lost your balance and your right leg comes off, you’re in massive trouble. I couldn’t rely on the rear brake at that speed.”
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