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"The car has never been as good as it is now. I actually do not know if I can improve more without rebuilding the whole car," he adds.
In the semifinals, it all went according to plan initially, with Johan out in the lead after an intense battle with Niclas Grönholm. A spot in the final looked secured, but during the fourth lap, he had a puncture on the right front tyre (a new tyre) and his lead quickly evaporated.
"Leading is absolutely the worst place to get a puncture, especially in Höljes. I lost a lot of time right in the velodrome corner," he says.
In the end, he crossed the checkered flag in fifth place and would go no further.
And, despite missing out on the final, the 32-year-old maintains the championship lead, four points ahead of rival and former teammate Sondre Evjen.
Johan will have a chance at redemption when the championship continues in Höljes on Saturday and Sunday.
"It's going to be super fun. I hope to use all the tricks in the book, even this time," he concludes.