Pre-Qualified Riders for 2017 KENDA Tennessee Knockout; Top riders earn free entry to Sunday Knockout Rounds

The seventh annual KENDA AMA Tennessee Knockout, presented by Moose Racing and SRT will take place on August 12-13, 2017 at the Trials Training Center. The TKO has gained a reputation as one of the premier off-road motorcycle races in the US and has attracted some of the World’s top racers to try to take the win. Despite stiff competition, FMF KTM Factory Racing backed Cody Webb has dominated the TKO for the last four years. In 2016, he topped South African Wade Young and in 2015, he won an epic battle with the UK’s Johnny Walker.

Webb and Young are both expected to be back along with several of the world’s top off-road riders that have earned an invite directly into the Sunday Knockout rounds. They will all be gunning for a piece of the $10,000 purse. The event will again feature a Red Bull TV feature show, adding to the prestige of taking the win.

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 facility 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. 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.

The following riders have earned invites for the 2017 KENDA Tennessee Knockout.

Cody Webb
Wade Young
Colton Haaker
Kyle Redmond
Cory Graffunder
Max Gerston
Steward Baylor
Mike Brown
Noah Kepple
Ben Kelly
Graham Jarvis
Quinn Wentzel
Cory Buttrick
Mitch Carvolth
Alfredo Gomez
Josh Strang
Nick Klapec
Mario Roman
Wally Palmer
Grant Baylor
Ty Tremaine
Travis Bollinger
Russell Bobbitt
Kailub Russell
Marc Freixa
Pat Smage
Nick Fahringer
Trystan Hart
Thad DuVall
Andrew Putt
Jonny Walker
Jordan Ashburn
Alexander Niederer
Ty Cullins
Billy Bolt
Logan Bolopue
Pascal Rauchenecker
Craig DeLong
Taddy Blazusiak
Wyatt Hart
Ricky Brabec
Jesse Groemm
Robby Bell
Ricky Russell
Karl Davis Jr.
Manuel Lettenbichler
Paul Bolton
Jacob Argubright
Drew Higgins
Dalton Shirey
Daniel Blanc-Gonnet
Tyler Kinkade
Layne Michael
Eric Rhoten
Ryan Smith
Nick Fahringer
Justin Wallis
Samuel Fastle
Eloi Salsench
Hiroshi Takahashi
Taku Izumi
Mike McGinnis
JoJo Bowden
Jobel Coronado
Chris Satterfield
Casey Satterfield
Will Presson
Cooper Abbott
Taylor Robert
Drew Fortner
Destry Abbott
Ryan Sipes
Ian Blyth
Philipp Scholz
Kevin Dupuis
Joseph Wasson
Ryder Lafferty
Justin Seeds
Josh Rooken-Smith
Hunter Neurwirth
Josh Toth
Gary Sutherlin
Dylan Macritchie
Blayne Thompson
Rannar Uusna
Geoff Aaron
Tegan Temple
Zach Love
Ronnie Commo
Chance Baker

Watch Red Bull TV’s hour-long coverage of the 2016 Kenda Tennessee Knockout Enduro

The Kenda Tennessee Knockout is one of the toughest off-road races in America and Red Bull TV shows you just how brutal the event is. Nearly 200 riders started the competition and only 13 of those qualified through the eliminations races to compete in the main event. American Cody Webb rode his KTM to the win for the fourth time in six years but there was a lot of spectacular action on the Tennessee rocks and hills.

Check out Red Bull TV’s full one hour feature on the 2016 TKO titled “Recap: Slick and Muddy:”

Results for the 2016 Kenda Tennessee Knockout, presented by Moose Racing and SRT:

  1. Cody Webb, KTM
  2. Wade Young, Sherco
  3. Kyle Redmond, Beta
  4. Ben Kelley, KTM
  5. Cory Graffunder, KTM
  6. Steward Baylor, KTM
  7. Max Gerston, Beta
  8. Noah Kepple, KTM
  9. Mike Brown, Husqvarna
  10. Quinn Wentzel, KTM
  11. Cory Buttrick, KTM
  12. Nick Klapec, KTM
  13. Wally Palmer, KTM
American Cody Webb put in a dominant performance at the 2016 Kenda Tennessee Knockout but it was not easy. Check out the Red Bull TV feature to see just how tough it was. Photo: Future7Media
Husqvarna’s Mike Brown is a former two-time winner of the TKO and he was a factor again in 2016. Photo: Future7Media

The 2017 Kenda Tennessee Knockout will take place on August 12-13 at the Trials Training Center.

2017 KENDA Tennessee Knockout Extreme Enduro schedule confirmed; amateur entries open on Dec 1st

The Trials Training Center in Sequatchie, Tennessee will host the seventh annual KENDA Tennessee Knockout on the weekend of August 12-13, 2017. The event has become one of the premier off-road motorcycle races in the United States, attracting some of the best racers from around the world.

tko-2016-action

American Cody Webb has proven to be the dominant rider at the TKO winning the last four years after taking second the first two years of the event. Webb has faced stiff competition from international riders the past two years. In 2015, Webb outdueled the UK’s Jonny Walker, recognized as one of the best Extreme Enduro racers in the world, to take the win. And in 2016, Webb took the win over South Africa’s Wade Young, who has also won some of the best known Extreme races in the world.

L to R: 2nd place, Wade Young, Sherco; 1st place, Cody Webb, KTM; 3rd place, Kyle Redmond, Beta

Webb will be back on his FMF KTM looking to make it five in a row. The top off-road racers from around the world will be invited to compete and amateur riders can race on Saturday with the top finishers earning the opportunity to move on to the Sunday Expert Knockout rounds. On Sunday, the riders will compete in a very tough and spectator friendly multi round format.

The expert riders will again be competing for a $10,000 purse.

Amateur registration opens at Noon CST on Thursday, December 1, 2016. There are just 180 spots available and entries sold out in less than a day for the 2016 event so please plan to get your entry in as soon as it opens. Click here to register on Dec. 1 at noon or thereafter.