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.
Graham Jarvis (@gforcejarvis) has confirmed that he will compete at the 2016 Kenda Tennessee Knockout being held at the Trials Training Center on Sunday, August 21st. The Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing team rider is arguably the world’s best Extreme Enduro racer having won all of the major races on multiple occasions. In 2016, he has already won the Erzberg Enduro and Romaniacs, two of the toughest and most famous Extreme Enduros. And now, he will try to add the Tennessee Knockout to that list of accomplishments.
The UK’s Jarvis excels at extremely tough and long competitions in particular so it will be interesting to see how the shorter, multi-round format at the Tennessee Knockout suits his style. There will certainly be plenty of tough obstacles to allow Jarvis to showcase his amazing skills. He will also face off against Cody Webb, America’s top Extreme racer who finished second to Jarvis at Erzberg earlier this year. Webb is a three-time winner of the TKO and will want to defend his home turf.
Also, Jarvis will be hosting his G-force Technical Riding Academy at the TTC in the four days immediately following the 2016 TKO. Click here for details.
Brown, a Tennessee native won the 2011 and 2012 TKO events to the delight of his home state fans. The former Motocross champion that has successfully converted to off-road competition can never be counted out for the win in tough conditions. He proved that in 2012 when he recovered from nearly being eliminated in the multi-round knockout format to come back and take the win:
Haaker captured the FIM SuperEnduro World Championship earlier this year so his skills and speed on difficult obstacles are without question. Haaker is also a multi-time AMA EnduroCross main event winner and took the 2015 King of the Motos win. He has competed at several previous TKO events but has so far been unable to make it up onto the podium and will be looking to change that for 2016:
Look for more top riders to be confirmed in the coming weeks.
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.