On Day 1, the Amateur State Champions all were crowned in a two-lap race that took the overall winner Jeff Cowan more than an hour to finish. He would go on to finish 13th overall on Sunday, qualifying fourth for the TKO 2.
The top 75 finishers from Saturday raced the Pro event on Sunday, where five-time Tennessee Knockout champion Cody Webb, aboard his FMF/KTM 250 XC-W TPi, dominated the field, sweeping all three extreme motos. SRT Off-Road’s Cory Graffunder finished second, followed by defending RevLimiter Champion Jordan Ashburn aboard his Factory Beta.
The riders qualifying for positions in TKO 2 had stiff competition, with the Klim/Roosters Next MX-backed Evan Ask finishing sixth overall and taking the top qualifying spot. Colorado transplant Dustin McCarthy took the second spot, finishing 11th overall, and Tri City Cycles Josh Staley qualified third in 12th overall.
Detailed results for 2018 Kenda RevLimiter Extreme Enduro are posted to the LiveLaps page here.
The event was the first in a series of four regional AMA Extreme Off-Road State Championships at which riders can qualify for the 2018 TKO on August 18-19 at the TTC.
See our January blog post that explains the AMA’s new Extreme Off-Road State Championship Series and its role as a qualifier for the 2018 TKO.
Extreme Off-Road is the AMA’s name for “a specialized form of racing that tests a rider’s skill and their machine’s capabilities over the most challenging terrain that each venue has to offer.” They have designated our Kenda AMA Tennessee Knockout Extreme Enduro as the AMA Grand National Championship for Extreme Off-Road. (The AMA’s Grand Championships are stand-alone events that crown the country’s best amateur racers in various disciplines.)
In 2018, riders will not only be crowned AMA Extreme Off-Road State Champions at each of four regional events. They will also have the chance to qualify for the 2018 TKO on August 18-19 at the TTC, both for the Amateur round on Saturday and for the PRO round on Sunday. Here are the AMA supplemental rules for qualifying:
Overall: The top 3 riders overall at each AMA State Championship Event, including pre-qualified riders, will be qualified directly into the Tennessee Knockout PRO event. (Tennessee Knockout announces pre-qualified PRO event riders based on AMA National Championships, World Extreme Events and past TKO results)
Amateur: The top 10 riders overall at each AMA State Championship Event who are not pre-qualified into the Tennessee Knockout PRO event, will be qualified directly to the first 10 rows of TKO 2 at the Tennessee Knock Out Amateur Event. (TKO 2 is the second of three rounds at the Tennessee Knockout Amateur Event the Saturday prior to the Tennessee Knockout Pro Event on Sunday)
TKO 1 Qualifiers: The top 10 riders in TKO 1 at the Tennessee Knockout Amateur Event will qualify to the first 10 Rows of the TKO 2 Round. The final 115 riders in TKO 1 to finish within the allotted time will qualify to the remaining rows of TKO 2
Riders may attempt to better their qualifying position at each AMA State Extreme Off-Road Championship Event. A rider’s best finish will determine his final start row
Amateur qualifying riders will pay full entry into the Tennessee Knockout Amateur event by August 1, 2018
If a rider declines his qualifying position, or qualifies for a better starting position, there will be no back-up or replacement riders to fill the position. Riders qualifying through TKO 1 will fill the position based on finish result