Duluth 2010: The Scandinavian Invasion

Emil Ohman had a huge 2010 season on the ISOC Nationals with five podiums and a third place finish in Super Stock points.

by Petter Fagerström (www.snox.se)

It seems every year some Scandinavians show up at Duluth to try their hand at racing in the U.S. But this season Duluth will see a small-scale invasion of Scandinavian riders from Sport Stock to the Pros. And they’re not here just to say they raced Duluth anymore, they are here to win. In the Pros we will see No. 52 Johan Lidman, a rider who had a historic season in Sweden last year. Lidman won the Swedish championship twice and finished second behind Tucker Hibbert in the FIM World Championship held in Sweden. Johan has been to Duluth before and won the Junior 16-17 class three years ago. Fans will be familiar with Emil Öhman – he raced the entire season with Warnert Racing last year and ended up third in Pro Super Stock points and with a full season of racing under his belt he should rack up better results this season. Christian Salemark has been racing here for a couple years, but had a season full of injures last year. He had a monster Duluth showing two years ago as a Semi-Pro and is back and racing Pro this year. Norwegian Pro Magnus Lindbäck ran some really good races last year in Scandinavia and if he finds the pace he will be at the front. Read on as we take a short look at the Scandinavians that will be racing at Duluth this weekend.

No. 52 Johan Lidman
Arctic Cat
Team: Sportech Racing
Age: 19
Years racing: 9
National Class: Pro
How many races: Entire ISOC National schedule
Season goal: Top 5 in Pro Super Stock and Pro Open.
Career goals: Develop my riding and have more time to only focus on racing and training.
Preparation: Running, cardio and motocross
What to expect: Johans strength has always been the corners, which he handles better than most

No. 27 Emil Öhman
Ski-Doo
Team: Warnert Racing
Age: 24
Years racing: 11
National Class: Pro
How many races: Entire ISOC National schedule
What to expect: Emil is known for his consistency. Don’t ever count him out.

Christian Salemark
Polaris
Team: Hulten Speed Sports
Age: 20
Years racing: 11
National Class: Pro
How many races: Entire ISOC National tour, some ISOC Regionals
Season goal: Kick ass
Career goal: Kick ass
What to expect: Christian is on a new brand, so he may have some adjusting to do. He is a tough, aggressive rider.

No. 108 Marcus Johansson
Polaris
Team: Hulten Speed sport
Age: 17
Years racing: 4
National Class: Sport 1 & 2
How many races: Duluth and maybe some more later in the season
Season goal: Have fun and have a good start to the season.
Preparation: Running, cardio and motocross

No. 711 Emil Ottoson
Arctic Cat
Team: Green Mountain Racing
Age: 24
Years racing: 4
Primary Circuit: ECS: Pro; ISOC National: Semi-Pro
How many races: Entire ECS and 4 ISOC Nationals
Season goal: This is my first season in U.S. so its hard to set up a goal since I don’t really know what to expect. I can already see a major difference between the Swedish circuit and the ones over here. However it turns out, it will be a big experience both as a racer and personally.
Career goals: Develop my riding and have more time to only focus on racing and training.
Preparation: Running, cardio and motocross. Since I’ve been here I have been in the gym every day. It’s nice because I can focus on racing instead of working like I had to do back home.

No. 259 John Stenberg
Ski-Doo
Team: Bauerly Racing
Age: 21
Years racing: 6
Primary circuit: ISOC National, Semi-Pro; ISOC Regionals, Pro
How many races: 2 ISOC Nationals and 2 ISOC Regionals
Season goal: Do well, make finals in every class. Some of my season will depend on the Swedish schedule for the Swedish championship. If there are some openings I will be back for some races in the Spring. I will also running the X-games qualifiers and if I qualify I will be in Aspen for sure. In Sweden my goal is to grab the title in Pro Open; I won the Pro Stock class last year and the year before.
Career goals: My expectations are higher than ever. I have been training well and believe I can step up the game.
Preparation: Motocross, running and biking, also some cardio in the late summer.

No. 5 Emma Karlsson
Polaris
Team: Hulten Speed Sports
Age: 19
Years racing: 3
Primary Circuit: ISOC Nationals, Pro Am Women
How many races: Duluth

Magnus Lindbäck
Arctic Cat
Team: Frattalone Racing
Age: 24
Years racing: 10
Primary Circuit: ISOC National, Pro
How many races: Duluth and Fargo
Season Goal: I know there is major different between U.S. and Scandinavia in both the track layout and the skills of the racers so I’m hoping to adjust quickly and do well.
Preparation: Running, cardio and motocross. I have also spent a lot of time preparing by watching Youtube clips of ISOC races to see the tracks and what the racing is like.
What to expect: When he is on, Magnus is as fast as anyone.

Espen Kjellman
Polaris
Team: Lacoe Racing
Age: 19
Years racing: 10
Primary Circuit: ISOC National, Semi-Pro
How many races: Duluth
Goal: Hope to do well and make the final.
Preparation: Running, cardio and motocross and watching the ISOC races on youtube.