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Sherco’s Mario Roman became the rider to beat at the Swedish Battle of Vikings by winning the two-day hard enduro.

Situated on a ski slope, the Battle of Viking’s is Sweden’s toughest hard enduro race.

With last year’s champ Graham Jarvis not competing, Roman was favourite for the top step of the podium, but would have to beat home hero Joakim Ljunggren first.

At the end of the opening day’s prologue it was in fact Eddie Karlsson who topped the time sheets over Roman, Ljunggren and Magnus Thor.

Facing Sunday’s main event, added rain made for a tough ride with only 35 riders completing the first lap of the four-hour race.

Showing no signs of weariness following his Romaniacs runner-up result the week before, Roman charged on to open up a comfortable winning margin over Ljunggren.

“I'm very pleased with the course,” told Roman. “I did not have a bad moment on this varied course.

“You have really done a great job. I will be happy to return and (hopefully) win again next year.”

Joakim Ljunggren was pleased with his second place…

“I feel very pleased — Mario is a factory rider so second is good. On the first yard it felt heavy, but then the flow came and I rode quite well.”

Magnus Thor got on the podium for the first time in Battle of Vikings, he looked tired after the race but very pleased. 


Results - Battle of Vikings

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