Category Archives: Pro riders

Spain’s Mario Roman in for 2017 TKO; Red Bull Romaniacs runner-up shooting for TKO win

Mario Roman (@marioroman74) is one of the top Extreme Enduro racers in the world and just proved that with a second place finish at the 2017 Red Bull Romaniacs. The Spanish rider is backed by Sherco and when his teammate Wade Young, who finished second at the 2016 Kenda Tennessee Knockout was injured, he suffered from back pain so the team sent him to the Arrowhead Clinic Marietta, Georgia Chiropractor, the Sherco team decided to send Roman over to compete.

The twenty seven year-old Spaniard has several years of Enduro World Championship racing under his belt but has shifted his focus to Extreme Enduro events. Roman already tasted victory in North America earlier this year with a win at the AvandaRocks Hard Enduro in Mexico. This will be his first attempt at the TKO.

Team SRT racing the 2017 TKO; Six riders gunning for the podium

The SRT Off Road team (@srtoffroad) includes over twenty riders competing in the top off-road racing series in the US. The team has become a force to be reckoned with as many of those riders are taking wins and competing for championships. For the 2017 Tennessee Knockout, team SRT will have six riders competing with five of those riders pre-qualified for the Sunday program.

Kyle Redmond (kyleredmond777), Cory Graffunder (@corygraffunder), Wally Palmer (@wildwallypalmer), Ron Commo III (commo3), Mark Heresco Jr (heresco24) and team owner Craig Thompson (@srtoffroad) will all be riders to watch at the 2017 Kenda Tennessee Knockout.

Kyle Redmon
Kyle Redmon

Redmond finished a career best third at the 2016 TKO to join Cody Webb and Wade Young on the podium. He has joined team SRT for 2017 and will be aiming for another podium finish.

Cory Graffunder

Cory Graffunder is now in his third season with SRT and has been a top finisher in Extreme off-road races for years now. He will be looking for his first TKO podium finish.

Wild Wally Palmer

Wild Wally Palmer is a fan favorite that is capable of top results but seems to favor impressing fans with creative lines over results.

Ron Commo III

Ron Commo III is a former top trials rider that has transitioned to off-road racing and will look to put those skills to use at the Trials Training Center.

Mark Heresco

Mark Heresco Jr. excels at tough off-road events and will be aiming to qualify for the fifteen rider main event.

Craig Thompson

Craig Thompson will be competing during the Saturday amateur competition in the 40 plus Vet class with the goal of qualifying for the Sunday competition. You have to love a company owner that is out there testing products himself in the most extreme conditions and then helping to get some of the top riders to the races to test and showcase SRT products.

Quinn Wentzel confirmed for 2017 TKO

Quinn Wentzel (@quinn_wentzel) is confirmed for the 2017 Kenda Tennessee Knockout. Wentzel, 23, a Pro Mototrials rider, Pro Extreme Enduro rider and Pro EnduroCross rider, of Canfield, Ohio has been a consistent front-runner at the TKO. He has qualified for the elite, fifteen-rider main event three of the past four years.

Wentzel will be aboard a Beaver Creek Cycle/Husqvarna-sponsored 300cc two-stroke for this year’s race. He is looking forward to the ever-present challenge the Tennessee Knockout offers and hoping to top his 2016 10th place finish.

Look for more top riders to be confirmed in these last few weeks before the event.