But his only real success came in the small-bike class. Lamson's attempts on the bigger bike showed he was no slouch, but he somehow never managed to win a race on a 250, a fate shared by such 125cc specialists as Micky Dymond, George Holland, Guy Cooper and Erik Kehoe.
Lamson’s greatest outdoor season was probably 1995 when he was Doug Henry's heir-apparent at Honda, but then missed races at the start of the nationals with a knee injury. At one point mid-season he was 60-some points down and all was lost. But thanks to some incredible riding, Lamson came all the way back and clinched the title in the last moto of the season at Steel City when he beat his fierce rival Ryan Hughes. It was a true comeback for the ages. The next year, he dominated the class throughout the year.
Like Chad Reed some 12 years later, Lamson authored himself a nice comeback as a full-on privateer with some backdoor help from Honda in 2000. Wearing his customary #6, Lamson would win his hometown Hangtown National for the last time and hold the points lead for almost half of the series. It was a nice comeback for Lammy after a disastrous turn on a Chaparral Yamaha YZ250 in ’99.
He earned himself a factory Husqvarna ride after that and another try at the 250 class, but injuries and an ineffective bike took him out of running on the white bike. Although, like always, he collected plenty of fans along the way by being one of the friendliest guys around and talking to anyone and everyone.