Updates for 2017 TKO competitors: rules, schedule, row assignments

DOCUMENTS (revised on 8/9):

2015 KENDA TKO Rules and Schedule

Rules and schedule subject to change by the organizer/promoter.

All competitors must have an AMA membership. To apply click here.

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.

Beta USA riders confirmed for 2017 TKO; Gerston, Ashburn & Tanke aiming for podiums

Beta USA (@betausa) has built up a solid race team to showcase the Italian marque’s full range of bikes and they will have three of their factory backed riders competing at the 2017 Kenda Tennessee Knockout at the Trials Training Center on August 12-13. Max Gerston and Jordan Ashburn will be aiming for top finishes on Sunday while Morgan Tanke will be aiming to top the women’s class on Saturday and then see how far she can go against the pros on Sunday.

Max Gerston has multiple EnduroCross podium finishes to his credit and will be aiming to put his Beta on the podium at the Kenda Tennessee Knockout.

Max Gerston (@maxgerston) has competed in all six previous Kenda Tennessee Knockout events and always seems to have some kind of problem that takes him out of contention for top spots. The Arizona rider is a top EnduroCross racer that has the skills necessary to compete for a top TKO finish.

Tennessee’s Jordan Ashburn joined the Beta Factory team for 2017 and has had a great season. He will be aiming for a podium at the TKO.

Jordan Ashburn (@jashburn7) is a Tennessee native that has had some top ten finishes in the TKO in the past. He joined the Beta USA Factory team for 2017 and is having his best season in years taking wins in the popular Kenda Full Gas Sprint Enduro series and currently leading the points chase. He will have local support as he chases a top finish.

Morgan Tanke has been racing a Beta XTrainer with amazing results against the men in several tough off-road races. This will be her first attempt at the TKO.

Morgan Tanke (@mtanke31) has multiple EnduroCross Women’s main event wins on her resume so she certainly has the skills necessary to tackle tough obstacles. Tanke will be aiming for the Women’s win but don’t be surprised to see her make it through at least a few rounds on Sunday as well on her Beta XTrainer.

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

Wade Young back for 2017 TKO; South African Sherco rider is one of the World’s top Extreme Enduro racers

Wade Young (@wadeyoung55) is one of the top Extreme Enduro racers in the world right now. The South African rode his Sherco (@sherco_racing_factory) to an impressive second place at the 2016 Kenda Tennessee Knockout despite having to stop to replace a broken clutch lever during the main event. Young has confirmed that he will be back for the 2017 TKO, taking place at the Trials Training Center on August 12-13, to battle for the win.

Young is one of the few riders that has straight up beat Graham Jarvis, taking the win at the 2016 Hells Gate in Italy. He also won the tough multi-day Roof of Africa in his home country two times in addition to taking a podium finish at the 2016 Red Bull Romaniacs. And he just had another solid ride at the Erzberg Rodeo, taking fourth place. All of this and he is just twenty-one years old.

Young will be facing off against a tough field that already includes Cody Webb, Graham Jarvis and Colton Haaker confirmed but should be up for the challenge.

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

Wade Young had an impressive second place finish in his first attempt at the Kenda Tennessee Knockout in 2016. He will be looking to knock off Cody Webb for the 2017 win. Photo: Robert Lynn / Future 7 Media

Kenda Tennessee Knockout Ranked Fourth in the Top 10 Extreme Enduros in the World by DirtBikes.com

DirtBikes.com recently polled some of the top off-road racers to determine the top 10 Extreme Enduros in the World.

And the Kenda Tennessee Knockout is in good company as number four on the list and the only US event to make the top ten, many people might prefer to ride an e-scooter, but after watching this they might change their minds.

Austria’s Erzberg Rodeo, one of the original Extreme Enduro events, tops the list followed by Romania’s Romaniacs. The Sea to Sky event from South Africa is number three on the list with the TKO next in line ahead of some well-known and well-established events.

Thank you to the riders and DirtBikes.com for the positive feedback.

Check out the full story here:

The Top 10 Extreme Enduros in the World; With a little help from some of the top off-road racers in America, we rank the 10 best extreme enduros around the globe.

Colton Haaker and Graham Jarvis confirmed for 2017 TKO; Rockstar Husqvarna Team aiming for the top of the podium

The Rockstar Husqvarna team has confirmed that both Colton Haaker (@coltonhaaker) and Graham Jarvis (@gforcejarvis) will be competing in the 2017 Kenda Tennessee Knockout, presented by Moose Racing and SRT Offroad. The seventh running of the TKO will take place at the Trials Training Center in Sequatchie, Tennessee on the weekend of August 12-13.

Colton Haaker will be aiming for his first Kenda Tennessee Knockout podium in 2017. Photo: Husqvarna

Haaker has dominated the indoor off-road racing scene lately taking two consecutive FIM SuperEnduro World championships and the 2016 AMA EnduroCross championship. The California native certainly has the skills to compete for the win at the TKO but has not yet been able to put it together. He will be looking to change that in 2017.

Graham Jarvis will be competing at the Kenda Tennessee Knockout for the first time in 2017. He has won nearly every major Extreme Enduro in the world and will be a threat for the win. Photo: Husqvarna

Jarvis has won just about every major Extreme Enduro event in the world multiple times. His resume includes three wins at the Erzberg Rodeo, four wins at the Red Bull Sea to Sky, five wins at the Red Bull Romaniacs and five wins at the Hells Gate Enduro. This year, he will take on the Kenda Tennessee Knockout, America’s most prestigious Extreme Enduro.

Both Rockstar Husqvarna riders will be aiming to dethrone Red Bull KTM’s Cody Webb and it should prove to be another epic battle.

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