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Husaberg Factory rider Joakim Ljunggren earned a hard-fought 4th overall at the final event, Men’s EnduroX, of X-Games 17 held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA.
Ljunggren who has competed in the U.S EnduroCross Series in prior years was excited to return to the States, this time for a live performance on ESPN as a star athlete in the X-Games EnduroX competition.
The competition was split into three heats to start of which only two riders transferred to the main from each. Ljunggren was placed in the final heat. Ljunggren started the heat in 2nd place. He remained in the position the entire race before a last corner crash on the final lap. He quickly recovered and was able to maintain his position to take the final transfer spot to the main.
In the main event Ljunggren started around 5th place. He rode a smooth race making few mistakes for the majority of the race and moved quickly into 3rd place. He held 3rd place despite heavy pressure from Justin Soule. On the final lap the two riders were side by side going over the final obstacle. Ljunggren tried to make the block pass on the log and slid out on the final corner allowing Soule to pass. He quickly recovered to finish 4th overall.
“I was very disappointed to miss out on the podium. At the beginning of the day I would have been pumped if you told me I was going to place 4th, but after having 3rd place in my hand it is disappointing to crash on the last lap and lose the podium. Overall, I am excited I had this opportunity and hope to return next year,” stated Ljunggren after the race.