After 39 victories in a row in the Swedish Championship, KTM’ Scandinavia’s Joakim Ljunggren unbeaten run finally came to an end when LeoVegas Husqvarna’s Albin Elowson claimed victory on Saturday.
Elowson was unstoppable and won nine out of twelve stages. Ljunggren ended his day in second, over minute behind. Pontus Högberg was third overall.
“It was no surprise for me to get the win,” said Elowson. “I’m not here for being second behind Jocke. I’m here to win.”
“I was not enough prepared for the race. Albin did his homework and was faster,” said Ljunggren.
Saturday also saw Erik Ljungberg (LeoVegas Husqvarna) win in E1. Andreas Linusson (KTM Scandinavia) was a one man show in E3. Erik Appelqvist, the young Yamaha talent from Team Yamaha Johansson MPE, took the win in Junior E1, while Jesper Börjesson (LeoVegas Husqvarna) was fastest in Junior E2.
Sunday witnessed one of the best races in years when Elowson and Ljunggren fought for the victory all day. Elowson had a 10-second advantage after the first lap (four test), fifteen seconds after lap two. Then came Ljunggren. Taking second after second won the day by 1.04 seconds.
“It’s been a fantastic battle. I haven’t been this happy for a win in the championship for a long time. This is by far more fun than winning with two minutes,” said Ljunggren.
“I gave it my all and I thought I did ride at my very best at the last lap. But it wasn’t enough. I couldn’t have done more,” told Elowson.
Andreas Linusson was third in scratch and once again won E3 with a large margin. Fourth overall was Högberg.
Robert Kvarnström (Team Yamaha Johansson MPE) won E1. In the Junior categories Börjesson won in E2, while Pontus Skoog beat Erik Appelqvist in E1.
Amanda Elvin won the women’s category on Saturday, and Hanna Berzelius took the win on Sunday.
Report/Photo: Kalle Lundstedt / Racemagazine.se