Caroline Olsen is one of the original MotoAmerica riders, having raced in the Series since the inaugural 2015 season. This year, she races a Yamaha YZF-R6 for Team Norris Racing, which is co-owned by Angie Norris (pictured on the left) and her husband Kelly (pictured on the right). Olsen is a protégé of Jason Pridmore, and she is a riding instructor at Pridmore’s JP43 Training. Here are her answers to “The Friday Five” for this week:
1. You’re from Norway, but you race in the U.S. Why?
I was looking for a series that I could grow in, and I thought MotoAmerica was just a great platform to grow in. Plus, this is the American Dream. To race in MotoAmerica is my American Dream come true.
2. Which track is your favorite on the MotoAmerica schedule?
My favorite track is Road America. It’s fast and flowy and has a little bit of everything. Also, Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, feels a lot like Norway. So, when I race there, I feel like I am home.
3. Can you explain what exactly “lutefisk” is?
I have to admit, I am not a fan. I love fish because I’m from Norway. If my Dad cooks it, I can’t stay in the house. It’s aged whitefish that is soaked in lye or something like that, but I don’t want to know any more about it.
4. Can you name any of the members of the rock band A-ha?
Morten Harket is the lead singer. When the song “Take On Me” comes on the radio, I sing it so well. You should hear me.
5. You’ve been riding 600s for several years. Have you ever had a desire to race a big bike, either in Stock 1000 or Superbike?
I think that, once you start racing, you always dream about jumping up to the big-bike class, but I have a bit of unfinished business to take care of in Supersport before I move up to a 1000cc bike. So, someday, I hope to ride 1000s if the right opportunity arises, but not quite yet.
Bonus Question: Other than on the internet, have you ever met an actual troll?
Trolls are a big part of Norwegian folklore. We grew up with trolls, and they are part of our childhood, but thankfully I’ve never met an actual troll.
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