Photo Credit: Kalle Lundstedt
Mikael Persson (Yamaha) Jesper Börjesson (Husqvarna) and Albin Elowson (Husqvarna) will defend their World Junior Trophy title at this year’s ISDE in France.
Remaining unchanged from last year’s winning trio, Sweden are set to start as favourites with their experience and fast trio of riders.
Mikael Persson is second in Enduro Junior after three rounds, Albin Elowson was on the podium at the EnduroGP in Italy and Jesper Börjesson, who’s based in the USA for 2017, is fifth overall in the Kenda Full Gas Sprint Enduro series.
“The goal is obviously to win the title again. We had also the possibility to form a strong World Trophy team with the three guys and one more but after a couple of injuries and the results we have seen so far this year we decided to once again go for the strongest team in the Juniors,” told Team Managers Anders Eriksson and Kent Karlsson.
The Swedish World Trophy team will be Joakim Grelsson (KTM) Oliver Nelson (KTM), Erik Ljungberg (Husqvarna) and Niklas Persson (Yamaha).
Grelsson and Nelson were part of the team that finished fourth in 2016. Erik Ljungberg was part of the team in 2015 but didn’t ride due to sickness. Niklas Persson, older brother of Mikael, will make his ISDE debut.
“The World Trophy team represents a continued effort to established a new generation of Swedish riders with the goal of 2020 when we are once again one of the dominate nations in the world of enduro. The goal this year is to make it top five.”
Joakim Ljunggren (KTM), Andreas Linusson (KTM) and Erik Appelqvist (Yamaha) turned down the offer to represent Team Sweden this year due to personal reasons.
The Women World Trophy team will be Amanda Elvin (KTM) Hanna Berzelius (Husqvarna) and Martina Reimander (KTM).
“Also on the women side we are building for the future and hope we will rejoin the fight for podium positions in a couple of years. The goal for this year is top-5.”
Kalle LundstedtSwedish Contributor