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Brown, Whibley, Bobbitt, Webb, Ashburn, Haaker, Redmond and more set to face off at TKO this weekend

2011 Kenda TKO Start Line photo by Larry MayoThe second annual KENDA Tennessee Knockout is set to take place this Sunday, September 2nd and the list of top riders set to face off is mind boggling.

There will be an X Games Enduro X Gold Medalist, current GNCC Championship point’s leader, four time National Enduro Champion and 2010 AMA Trials Champion on the line.

Which discipline will prove to be the best when they take on the four round Knockout format at the challenging Trials Training Center facility?  If you live anywhere near Chattanooga Tennessee, come see for yourself.

Below are some of the top riders confirmed for the 2012 Kenda Tennessee Knockout (TKO):

  • Mike Brown, KTM: 2012 X Games Enduro X Champion, 2011 Kenda Tennessee Knockout Champion, 2009 WORCS Champion, 2000 AMA Motocross Champion.
  • Paul Whibley, Yamaha: 2012 GNCC Championship point’s leader, 2009 GNCC Champion, five time OMA Off Road Champion.
  • Russell Bobbitt, KTM: Four time AMA National Enduro Champion.
  • Cody Webb, Beta: 2010 AMA National Trials Champion, 4th at 2012 Hell’s Gate Extreme Enduro, 2011 EnduroCross #5.
  • Jordan Ashburn, Yamaha: Two time GNCC XC-2 Champion.
  • Colton Haaker, Kawasaki: Two time EnduroCross Junior Champion and 2012 Las Vegas EnduroCross winner.
  • Kyle Redmond, Husqvarna: Multi time top American finisher at Erzberg Extreme Enduro, second at 2012 King of the Motos Extreme Enduro.
  • Nick Fahringer, Husaberg: Multi time National Enduro race winner.
  • Andrew Delong, Husqvarna: Multi time GNCC XC-2 race winner in 2012.
  • Wally Palmer, Christini: Always the crowd favorite and a rider that you have to see to believe.

Unqualified Expert/Pro and amateur riders can race on Saturday with the top finishers earning the opportunity to move on to the Sunday Expert Knockout rounds. On Sunday, the riders will compete in a very tough and spectator friendly four round Knockout format.

AmPro FMF Yamaha’s Whibley and Ashburn Confirmed

DR Tested Dec 2011Jordan AshburnPaul Whibley and Jordan Ashburn are two of the hottest riders in the GNCC series and both have confirmed that they will be back to compete in the 2012 KENDA Tennessee Knockout. Whibley, the current GNCC Championship point’s leader and 2009 champion finished fifth in the 2011 TKO and proved to be a contender in the “Extreme Enduro” conditions found at the Trials Training Center.

Jordan Ashburn, the former GNCC XC-2 Champion from Tennessee rode incredibly strong last year to finish sixth at the TKO.
 
“The KENDA Tennessee Knockout is a really tough event and Paul’s incredible fitness will allow him to compete for the win and Jordan is excited to compete in his home state again” stated Randy Hawkins, the AmPro Yamaha team owner and off-road racing legend. “They both learned a lot by competing last year and expect to fight for the win”.

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Team Beta’s Cody Webb and Max Gerston confirmed

Cody Webb, 2011 Tennessee Knockout, Drew Ruiz PhotoCody Webb, the 2010 AMA Trials Champion, has made a very successful transition to EnduroCross racing and his silver medal at the 2012 X Games further backed that up. The factory Beta rider finished second at the inaugural KENDA Tennessee Knockout event last year and he is now looking for the win.

When asked about the 2012 TKO, Webb had this to say: “I’m hoping for a more extreme event in this year’s TKO. Last year, the race was difficult, but not comparable to the extreme races I have ridden in Europe. The course was a long and fast paced race similar to an Endurocross race. Coming from a trials background, I prefer a long slow paced difficult course that wears down the competition. No matter what the course offers, I’m excited to return and see the resurgence of extreme races in the US”.

max-gerston-2012Webb’s Beta teammate, Max Gerston will also be participating in the KENDA Tennessee Knockout.

The 2011 GEICO EnduroCross Amateur Champion is now racing expert and is definitely a young rider to watch.

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X Games Gold Medalist Mike Brown Will Be Back To Defend His TKO Title; X Games riders invited

Mike Brown at 2011 TKOFMF KTM’s Mike Brown said that the 2011 KENDA Tennessee Knockout was one of the toughest events he has ever raced. And he was the winner so you know it was even more difficult for the rest of the pack. The Tennessee native plans to be back for the second annual TKO scheduled to take place on September 1st and 2nd during the Labor Day holiday weekend. The multi round Knockout format provides for great spectating and tough racing conditions.

The $10,000 pro purse will certainly attract a large list of top riders to challenge Brown and all X Games Enduro X riders have been added to the list of pre-qualified riders.

The pre-qualified riders earn a free entry into the Sunday Knockout rounds. The 50-60 riders will first complete a single lap on the “short” course against the clock. They will then follow that up with a lap around the long course (approximately one hour lap time); again against the clock and only the top 25 riders will move on to Knockout round two. Five groups of five riders will then compete head to head on the long course, with a few more challenging sections added, and only the top three from each group will move on to the fifteen rider main event.

The fifteen riders in the main will compete in a multi lap race in the “Stadium” section of the Trials Training Center facility. Racers and fans can expect some of the most extreme motorcycle racing conditions ever witnessed.

The following X Games Enduro X riders have now been added to the pre-qualified rider list. (See the list of the riders already invited.)

  • Kevin Rookstool
  • Cory Graffunder
  • Graham Jarvis
  • Andreas Lettenbichler
  • Steward Baylor
  • Taichi Tanaka
  • Alfredo Gomez
  • Ivan Ramirez
  • Chris Bruand
  • Alex Salvini
  • Max Gerston
  • Kendall Norman
  • Fred Crosset
  • Ben Rego
  • Ryan Rodgers

Unqualified Expert/Pro and amateur riders can race on Saturday with the top finishers earning the opportunity to move on to the Sunday Expert Knockout rounds. On Sunday, the riders will compete in a very tough and spectator friendly four round Knockout format.

Here is a peak at some of the action from the 2011 event: