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Joakim Ljunggren has won the 2017 Knobby Swedish Enduro Championship — the ninth Swedish title of his career.

Ljunggren, put simply, has been unstoppable in the championship since his first win in 2006.

The 32-year-old went on to win every year up to 2012, when he took a three-year break from the series to compete in the Spanish Enduro Championship.

Returning again in 2015, Ljunggren has won every championship since, and 2017 is no different.

From the top of the championship podium, however, Joakim had some news for the Swedish fans.

Although not retiring completely from racing, the KTM rider would not be back to defend his title come 2018.

“I want to end on top and now is my chance to do it,” announced Ljunggren. “It’s time for the younger riders to take my place.

“I’m not gonna say that I’ll stop riding the bike, but this is it for the Swedish Enduro Championship.”

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A young rider keen to take that place is undoubtedly Albin Elowson. The Husqvarna rider has really come into form over the last couple of years and showed impressive pace during the 2017 ISDE in France.

Elowson won the last five rounds of the Swedish championship and if it wasn’t for a DNF in the first race of the year, would certainly have been a serious threat to Ljunggren.

The final round of the Swedish championship was held in slippery conditions due to some rain during the morning.

The long two-and-a-half-hour lap consisted of four special tests — three enduro and one cross. Riders completed three laps during the day.

Ljunggren started off well, leading the first couple of laps, but it was Elowson who came through to take the win.

Unfortunately, it wasn’t enough for the championship as Ljunggren only needed to finish 20th overall in order to clinch the title.

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With Ljunggren taking the overall title and Elowson second, it was Niklas Persson who claimed third on scratch.

Persson and his E1 championship rival, Andreas Linusson, arrived at the final round separated by one single point.

Persson stayed in front for the entire day to claim the E1 championship. Linusson took second, with Johan Edlund third.

In the E2 class it was of course Ljunggren who took the title followed by Elowson, with Oliver Nelson placing third.

E3 was won by rookie-of-the-year, Robert Friberg. The 25-year-old made the switch from motocross to enduro at the beginning of 2017 and hasn’t look back.

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Friberg claimed the E3 title over Linus Fasth in second and Niklas Gustafsson third.

Joakim Grelsson took the gold medal in the Junior E1 class for the second consecutive year.

He ended 2017 with his fifth win and also got third behind Elowson and Ljunggren in scratch. Pontus Skoog took second in class, with Erik Appelqvist in third.

In Junior E2, Anton Sandstedt took the championship despite placing fourth in the final round.

Oskar Ljunggström won the last round and got second overall in the series. Victor Broström took third.

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Hanna Berzelius secured her third consecutive title in the Swedish Women’s Enduro Championship category by winning for the sixth time this year.

Amanda Elvin was second and Martina Reimander third for the day and also for the championship.

 

Results

 

Final championship standings

 

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