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:
On Day 1, the Amateur State Champions all were crowned in a two-lap race that took the overall winner Jeff Cowan more than an hour to finish. He would go on to finish 13th overall on Sunday, qualifying fourth for the TKO 2.
The top 75 finishers from Saturday raced the Pro event on Sunday, where five-time Tennessee Knockout champion Cody Webb, aboard his FMF/KTM 250 XC-W TPi, dominated the field, sweeping all three extreme motos. SRT Off-Road’s Cory Graffunder finished second, followed by defending RevLimiter Champion Jordan Ashburn aboard his Factory Beta.
The riders qualifying for positions in TKO 2 had stiff competition, with the Klim/Roosters Next MX-backed Evan Ask finishing sixth overall and taking the top qualifying spot. Colorado transplant Dustin McCarthy took the second spot, finishing 11th overall, and Tri City Cycles Josh Staley qualified third in 12th overall.
Detailed results for 2018 Kenda RevLimiter Extreme Enduro are posted to the LiveLaps page here.
The event was the first in a series of four regional AMA Extreme Off-Road State Championships at which riders can qualify for the 2018 TKO on August 18-19 at the TTC.
See our January blog post that explains the AMA’s new Extreme Off-Road State Championship Series and its role as a qualifier for the 2018 TKO.
Extreme Off-Road is the AMA’s name for “a specialized form of racing that tests a rider’s skill and their machine’s capabilities over the most challenging terrain that each venue has to offer.” They have designated our Kenda AMA Tennessee Knockout Extreme Enduro as the AMA Grand National Championship for Extreme Off-Road. (The AMA’s Grand Championships are stand-alone events that crown the country’s best amateur racers in various disciplines.)
In 2018, riders will not only be crowned AMA Extreme Off-Road State Champions at each of four regional events. They will also have the chance to qualify for the 2018 TKO on August 18-19 at the TTC, both for the Amateur round on Saturday and for the PRO round on Sunday. Here are the AMA supplemental rules for qualifying: