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Quinn Wentzel confirmed for 2018 TKO

Quinn Wentzel (@quinn_wentzel), a multi-time Kenda Tennessee Knockout top ten finisher, has confirmed that he will be competing again at the 2018 TKO. The Husqvarna backed Hard Enduro, EnduroCross and Pro Trials competitor from Ohio has finished at the front of several Hard Enduro events in 2018, including a win at the Groundhog, 3rd at the Bad Medicine at Fallen Timbers, 5th at the Mad Moose and 9th at the King of the Motos. Wentzel also won the Battle of the Goats in 2017. Wentzel finished 9th at the 2017 TKO and will be aiming to improve on that this coming weekend.

Quinn Wentzel has raced most of the previous seven Kenda Tennessee Knockout events and earned multiple top ten finishes. He will be back looking for more in 2018

Wentzel will join a long list of top North American and International riders that includes Cody Webb, Colton Haaker, Josh Toth, Ben Kelley, Trystan Hart, Wally Palmer and Jordan Ashburn that will face off against Spain’s Mario Roman, South Africa’s Wade Young and Germany’s Manuel Lettenbichler.

Team SRT-Husqvarna riders Trystan Hart & Wally Palmer confirmed for 2018 TKO

Team SRT-Husqvarna (@husqvarnamotorcyclesusa & @srtoffroad) has confirmed that Trystan Hart (@trystanhart_84) and Wally Palmer (@wildwallypalmer) will be competing at the 2018 Kenda Tennessee Knockout this coming weekend. The Team SRT-Husqvarna riders will likely leave an impression on the fans at the 8th annual TKO, which will take place this coming weekend, August 18-19, at the Trials Training Center, in Sequatchie, Tennessee.

Trystan Hart will likely surprise some fans that are not familiar with him

Hart burst onto the North American off-road racing scene over the past couple of years with multiple wins at very diverse events. The Canadian is also the current AMA EnduroCross Junior Champion (riders 21 and under) and finished second in the 2017 championship behind Cody Webb. This will be Hart’s first attempt at the Tennessee Knockout but don’t be surprised to see him running at the front.

Wally Palmer is always a crowd favorite

Palmer has raced most of the past TKO events and is always a crowd favorite. The New Jersey native is well known for hitting difficult obstacles with aggression and throwing in some style for the fans.

Hart and Palmer join a long list of top North American and International riders that includes top American riders Cody Webb, Colton Haaker, Josh Toth, Ben Kelley, Max Gerston and Jordan Ashburn that will face off against Spain’s Mario Roman, South Africa’s Wade Young and Germany’s Manuel Lettenbichler.

Webb, Toth, Kelley and Lettenbichler confirmed for 2018 TKO; KTM sending powerhouse team to defend title

KTM will have a strong team of riders aiming to take the 2018 Kenda Tennessee Knockout title. Cody Webb (@codywebb2) and Josh Toth (@joshtoth_) from the FMF KTM Factory Racing Team (@ktmfactoryracing) will be joined under the KTM tent by Ben Kelley (@benkelley530) on the Trail Jesters KTM Racing Team (@trailjesters) mount. And the team will also host Germany’s Manuel Lettenbichler (@m_letti304). All four riders will be racing the KTM 300 XC-W TPI two-stroke. The TKO will take place on the weekend of August 18-19 at the Trials Training Center in Sequatchie, Tennessee.

Cody Webb will be aiming for a sixth straight Kenda Tennessee Knockout title in 2018. Photo by Adam Booth

Webb, the five-time TKO winner and defending champion is also the current AMA EnduroCross and FIM Super Enduro World Champion. He grew up competing in Trials events on the TTC property and has used that local knowledge of the terrain to fend off world-class talent that has included Graham Jarvis, Jonny Walker, Wade Young, Mario Roman, Kyle Redmond, and Max Gerston to win five straight Tennessee Knockout titles. A broken foot at the Erzberg Rodeo in June has kept him off the bike until this week so this may prove to be his most challenging TKO yet.

Josh Toth will be competing in his first TKO in 2018 but the GNCC XC-2 champion should be a contender for a top spot

Toth is the defending GNCC XC-2 champion and he is currently tied for the lead in the 2018 AMA National Enduro championship. He has had a strong 2018 season with five GNCC XC-2 wins and his first National Enduro win at the most recent event. Toth has won extreme events including the 2017 Tough Like RORR so he will be an exciting rider to watch at his first ever TKO.

Ben Kelly won the 2018 Tough Like RORR to go along with four GNCC XC-2 wins this season so far

Kelley burst onto the TKO scene in 2016 with a fourth-place finish after qualifying through the Saturday amateur program. That combined with other strong results helped earn him the Trail Jesters KTM ride for 2017 and 2018. Kelly has four 2018 GNCC XC-2 wins and currently leads the points. He also backed that up with a win at the 2018 Tough Like RORR. Kelley is certainly capable of a podium finish.

Manni Lettenbichler has had an amazing 2018 season that has included podium finishes at both Erzberg and Red Bull Romaniacs. This will be his first TKO. Photo – Future7Media

Manuel Lettenbichler is a second generation Extreme Enduro racer. His father, Andreas, was one of the pioneers of Extreme Enduro competition and was a co-winner of the 2015 Erzberg Rodeo. Twenty-year-old “Manni” has had an amazing 2018 season that includes podium finishes at both Erzberg and Romaniacs. He also won the Red Bull Rocks and Logs event in Canada. It will be great to see the German competing at his first TKO.

Look for more top riders to be confirmed in the coming days as we close in on the event.

Colton Haaker confirmed; former EnduroCross champion looking for success at 2018 TKO

Colton Haaker (@coltonhaaker), the 2016 AMA EnduroCross and 2017 FIM Super Enduro champion has confirmed that he will be back for the 2018 Kenda Tennessee Knockout. The Rockstar Husqvarna Factory Racing Team (@rockstarhusky) rider had to miss the 2017 event due to injury. The eighth annual TKO will take place at the Trials Training Center, in Sequatchie, Tennessee on the weekend of August 18-19.

Colton Haaker has proven to be one of the best EnduroCross and Super Enduro racers in the world. He will be aiming to prove that he can translate that talent to a top finish at the 2018 TKO. Photo: Future7Media

Haaker grew up competing in Trials events and spent a lot of time at the Trials Training Center (@trialstrainingcenter) honing his skills as a teenager. He transitioned to EnduroCross and has been one of the top riders in that series for the past ten years and had his best year in 2016, winning five of the eight events and the championship. The Northern California native has competed at the TKO several times but has so far been unable to make it to the podium. He certainly has the skills necessary to change that in 2018.

Look for more top riders to be confirmed in the coming days as we close in on the event.