The 2017 Kenda Tennessee Knockout, presented by Moose Racing and SRT Offroad, will again include a separate Women’s class to compete on Saturday. Women entries will ride a morning qualifier race that they must complete in order to race the Women’s only, multi lap main event on a special short course in the afternoon.
The ladies will be competing for a $1,000 purse to be paid out to the top three finishers ($500, $300, $200 for first, second and third respectively). In addition, the top three finishers will be invited to compete in the Sunday expert Knockout program.
Rachael Gutish (@rachel_gutfish) has dominated the Women’s race the past two years but Beta’s Morgan Tanke (@mtanke31) has already confirmed that she will be attending for the first time. Like Gutish, Tanke is a multi-time EnduroCross main event winner and both have proven capable of competing at the top level of tough off-road events, even competing against the men.
The Tennessee Knockout (TKO) is arguably the most prestigious American Extreme Enduro and has attracted some of the best known international riders in addition to America’s best. The seventh annual TKO will take place at the Trials Training Center, in Sequatchie, Tennessee on the weekend of August 12-13.
Webb has proven to be America’s best Extreme Enduro racer. In addition to winning four consecutive TKO events, Webb is a two-time AMA EnduroCross champion, has won most of the major US Extreme races including the Last Dog Standing and King of the Motos. He is also the only American so far to make the podium at the Erzberg Rodeo with a second place finish in 2016 and third in 2017. And those TKO wins have come against some stiff competition including Taylor Robert, Colton Haaker, Mike Brown and some of the best international Extreme racers. The UK’s Jonny Walker and South Africa’s Wade Young have both put up valiant fights in the past two years but Webb still prevailed. And Webb will be looking to make it five in a row in 2017.
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.
Check out the 2016 Red Bull TV Tennessee Knockout Show here.
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.
Karl Davis Jr.
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.
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.
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.
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.