Graffunder has been a top finisher at the TKO before and Steward Baylor is a former National Enduro Champion who is capable of a top result in the tough Tennessee terrain. Buttrick is a solid competitor that has had a resurgence of speed since joining the SRT KTM team in 2016 and Wild Wally Palmer is always a crowd favorite due to his go for broke riding style. McGinnis is lesser known but has done well at tough events in the past.
Kyle Redmond (@kyleredmond777) and Max Gerston (@maxgerston) are two of the most talented off-road motorcycle riders around but often get overshadowed by some of the better known stars.
Both riders have stood on the podium at major races including AMA EnduroCross and they are now looking to make that last surge to challenge for wins. The Beta USA (@betausa) backed riders will be on hand this weekend at the Kenda Tennessee Knockout looking to step out of the shadows.
The sixth annual Kenda Tennessee Knockout will take place on Saturday, August 20th (amateurs) and Sunday, August 21st at the Trials Training Center located in Saquatchie, Tennessee. The world’s top off-road riders are invited directly to the Sunday program. Unqualified Expert/Pro and amateur riders race on Saturday with the top finishers earning the opportunity to move on to the Sunday Expert Knockout rounds. On Sunday, riders will compete in a very tough and spectator-friendly four-round Knockout racing format.
Unfortunately, Graham Jarvis (@gforcejarvis) will not be able to compete at the 2016 Kenda Tennessee Knockout as he had hoped. The TKO was not part of his original 2016 race schedule but he tried to pull together plans to compete before hosting his G-Force Technical Riding Academy at the Trials Training Center in the days immediately following the event. He was unable to work out all of the necessary details with his team and decided it is better to focus on the Riding Academy.
Jarvis is expected to attend the event to see some of the top off-road racers in the world face off on the challenging Tennessee terrain. The four-round Knockout format keeps the action close all day and allows for great spectating options.
Hiroshi “Rosh” Takahashi and Taku “ADTac” Izumi (@tac69) finished first and second in Japan’s premier Extreme Enduro, called G-Net earlier this year. For Takahashi, it was his second consecutive win at G-Net. After seeing media coverage and videos from the TKO, they knew they needed to test their skills on the challenging Tennessee terrain.
With the support of IRC Tire, Beta Japan and Beta USA, Takahashi and Izumi will try to conquer America’s top Extreme Enduro, the Kenda Tennessee Knockout at the Trials Training Center on Sunday, August 21st.
The top Japanese riders will compete against some of the World’s top off-road motorcycle racers including Cody Webb, the three time defending TKO champion and current AMA EnduroCross champion. Colton Haaker, the current FIM SuperEnduro World champion, Tennessee’s Mike Brown, who won the first two TKO events, South Africa’s Wade Young, 2016 winner of Italy’s Hells Gate Enduro and a long list of other top riders. Keep an eye on the results to see how the two Japanese riders fit in.
South Africa’s Wade Young (@wadeyoung55) has confirmed that he will line up against many of the best off-road motorcycle racers in the world at the 2016 Kenda Tennessee Knockout. The sixth annual event will take place on Sunday, August 21st at the Trials Training Center in Sequatchie, Tennessee:
Young is one of the hottest up and coming Extreme Enduro racers in the world. The Factory Sherco (@sherco_racing_factory) rider won the 2016 Hell’s Gate event in Italy over Graham Jarvis and then recently followed that up with a podium finish at the Red Bull Romaniacs.
Young is just twenty years old but he is already a two-time winner of the Roof of Africa Enduro, the notoriously tough multi-day event in his home country.
He will face stiff completion as Cody Webb, Taylor Robert, Colton Haaker, Mike Brown, Kyle Redmond, Max Gerston, Ty Tremaine, Cory Graffunder and a host of other top off-road racers will be hungry to take the top step on the podium for themselves.
Look for more top riders to be confirmed in the coming week.