Emil Johansson has revealed that he was offered a slot at Rampage but had to decline it to compete in Crankworx Rotorua.
Johansson competed in his first Rampage in 2019 and was awarded the Best Rookie title following a 12th place finish after a late call-up to the event. When the athlete list was revealed for the 2021 event
, Emil was listed as one of the five reserve riders. After both Brendan Fairclough
and Brett Rheeder
pulled out of the event due to injury, Emil was offered a slot but had to turn it down to compete at Crankworx Rotorua
. Although Crankworx Rotorua doesn't start until November 1, New Zealand has a mandatory 2-week quarantine in place so Emil would not be able to fully prepare for and compete in both events. Johansson declined the Rampage slot and instead Thomas Genon and Reed Boggs have slotted in
to take the injured riders' spots.
Johansson is currently unbeaten in five Crankworx slopestyle competitions and is on track to take the Triple Crown in 2021 following wins in Innsbruck and Silverstar. The accomplishment would make him the second rider ever to win the Triple Crown, a distinction that brings with it a $25,000 bonus paycheque.
It's a shame we can't watch Emil compete in both high-profile freeride events but we look forward to seeing what he has in store for his run at Crankworx Rotorua and wish him the best of luck in his pursuit of the Triple Crown.