Once World renowned for its steel production, the industrial city of Sheffield will welcome the opening round of the 2013 FIM X-Trial World Championship tomorrow evening as this long standing annual event celebrates its eighteenth edition. Held for the first time back in 1996, the Sheffield Indoor Trial became a round of the FIM World series the following year and was then a regular opening part of the championship right through to 2006.
The now retired home hero Dougie Lampkin dominated the early editions, with him taking seven wins in a row from 1996 to 2002 before Albert Cabestany - Sherco, halted his run. Lampkin managed one more victory in 2004 to earn him the title of King of Sheffield thanks to his eight wins and before Adam Raga - Gas Gas then occupied the top step of the podium in 2005.
Since then Toni Bou - Repsol Montesa has made Sheffield his own with seven successive wins to match Lampkin's previous feat. Tomorrow night Bou will open the defence of his FIM X-Trial World Championship, with every chance of him equalling Lampkin's record of eight victories in the city of steel.
Once again for the eighteenth year in a row Martin Lampkin, the first ever FIM Trial World Champion back in 1975, will be responsible for plotting a course to test the Worlds best riders.
So let battle commence.
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