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Gerston, Ashburn & Teasdale confirmed; Beta bringing two Americans and a South African to take on 2018 TKO

Beta USA (@betausa) will have two of their American factory riders, Max Gerston (@maxgerston) and Jordan Ashburn (@jashburn7) on hand for the 2018 Kenda Tennessee Knockout and will also host South African, Travis Teasdale (@travisteasdale69). The eighth annual TKO will take place at the Trials Training Center, in Sequatchie, Tennessee on the weekend of August 18-19.

Max Gerston had a solid fourth-place finish at the 2017 TKO and wants to make the podium bad in 2018

Gerston is the defending AMA West Hare Scramble Champion and veteran top EnduroCross racer that won the Junior championship as he came up through the ranks. The Arizona native has the skills to compete at the front of the pack in just about any type of off-road motorcycle competition and will be a threat for a podium at the TKO. He just missed the podium with a fourth-place finish in 2017.

Jordan Ashburn will give the Tennessee fans someone to cheer for as he tries to put his Beta on the podium

Ashburn is a Tennessee native that is very familiar with the local terrain found at the Trials Training Center and was very impressive at the 2017 TKO, his first on the factory Beta. He overcame some challenges at the end of the race to finish a strong fifth. Ashburn’s primary focus is the GNCC and Full Gas Sprint Enduro series but as he proved last year, he can do well at Extreme Enduro events as well.

South Africa’s Travis Teasdale will be competing in his first TKO but has years of experience competing around the world at the toughest events to apply to the TTC terrain. Photo: Future7Media

Teasdale, who is just twenty-one years old, is a regular on the World Extreme Enduro scene with several top finishes in many of the major events including a sixth-place finish at the 2018 Erzberg Rodeo. This will be his first time racing the TKO and he can be expected to be among the elite group challenging for the podium.

Look for more top riders to be confirmed in the coming weeks.

Wade Young & Mario Roman confirmed for 2018 TKO; Sherco factory riders are among the world’s best Extreme Enduro racers

Sherco has confirmed that both Wade Young (@wadeyoung55) and Mario Roman (@marioroman74)  will be competing at the 2018 Kenda Tennessee Knockout on August 19th. Both riders are past podium finishers at the TKO and will be a serious threat to take the win.

Wade Young just took the win at the 2018 Red Bull Romaniacs so he has momentum coming into the TKO

Young just won the 2018 Red Bull Romaniacs event, arguably one of the toughest Extreme Enduro events in the world. The South African, who is still just twenty-two years old, has previously won the Hells Gate Enduro in Italy and has won the tough multi-day Roof of Africa in his home country two times. Young finished second to Cody Webb at the 2016 TKO and will be gunning for the top step this time around.

Spain’s Mario Roman made the podium at the 2017 TKO and like Young, he learned a lot about the terrain and format that should help in 2018.

Roman transitioned from traditional Enduro to Extreme Enduro racing a few years ago and already has a few major wins to his credit including Ales’Trem and Hells Gate. The Spanish rider made a last-minute decision to compete at the TKO last year and joined Cody Webb and Graham Jarvis on the podium with a third-place finish. He too will be back looking to apply what he learned last year to earn the win.

Look for more top riders to be confirmed in the coming weeks.

Pre-Qualified Riders for 2018 KENDA Tennessee Knockout; Top riders from major off-road events earn free entry to Sunday Knockout Rounds

The 2017 Kenda Tennessee Knockout podium included American Cody Webb, the UK’s Graham Jarvis and Spain’s Mario Roman. Who will take the podium in 2018?

The eighth annual KENDA AMA Tennessee Knockout, presented by Moose Racing and SRT will take place on August 18 – 19, 2018 at the Trials Training Center. The TKO has attracted some of the top off-road racers from around the world making it one of the premier off-road motorcycle races in the US. American Cody Webb has dominated the race despite tough competition from the likes of Graham Jarvis, Mario Ramon, Wade Young and Jonny Walker in recent years.

Webb will be back on his FMF KTM Factory Racing machine ready to take on all challengers again in 2018. We are not sure yet which of top international riders will be back to try to knock off Webb but they have all been extended an invitation along with the top US off-road racers. They will again be gunning for a $10,000 purse.

The KENDA AMA Tennessee Knockout uses a unique four-round Knockout race format that is challenging for the riders and entertaining for the fans. The amazing Trials Training Center, in Sequatchie, Tennessee, allows for easy access to the race action.

The top five finishers at the previous TKO events have included riders from EnduroCross, World Extreme Enduro, Trials, National Enduro, GNCC, WORCS and even the Enduro World Championship. So, it is a great mix of backgrounds facing off on an extremely challenging course with a large purse on the line.

Pre-qualified riders get a free entry into the Sunday program. These riders earn an invite based top results in several major US or International off-road motorcycle race events. Top-25 finishers from the prior year also earn a spot on the Sunday invite list. On Saturday, those riders that did not already earn an invite can challenge themselves on the course with the top finishers earning their own invite to the Sunday Knockout rounds. And new for 2018, Saturday will serve as the AMA Amateur Grand Championship for Extreme Enduro.

The following riders have earned invites directly into the Sunday competition for the 2018 KENDA AMA Tennessee Knockout:

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2017 Kenda Tennessee Knockout Video Highlights

Cody Webb earned his fifth straight Kenda Tennessee Knockout win despite heavy presure from Graham Jarvis. Photo: Adam Booth

The seventh annual Kenda Tennessee Knockout was the best one yet. American Cody Webb took his fifth straight TKO win despite heavy pressure from the UK’s Graham Jarvis and Spain’s Mario Roman.

2017 Kenda Tennessee Knockout Video Highlights, presented by Moose Racing and SRT Offroad:

2017 Kenda Tennessee, Knockout Main Event Results:

  1. Cody Webb, KTM
  2. Graham Jarvis, Husqvarna
  3. Mario Roman, Sherco
  4. Max Gerston, Beta
  5. Jordan Ashburn, Beta
  6. Cory Graffunder, Husqvarna
  7. Ben Kelly, KTM
  8. Mitch Carvolth, KTM
  9. Quinn Wentzel, Husqvarna
  10. Grayson Goncalves, Husqvarna
  11. Kealoha Estrella, KTM
  12. Josh Rooken-Smith, KTM
  13. Noah Kepple, GasGas
  14. George Kowalski, KTM
  15. Chris Satterfield, Husqvarna