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.

Women’s Class Back for 2017 Tennessee Knockout; $1,000 purse for the top three ladies

Rachel Gutish
Rachel Gutish dominated the Women’s class in 2015 and 2016. She is hoping more female riders will come to challenge her in 2017. Photo: Larry Mayo.

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.

Women riders can still enter by contacting the Trials Training Center.

Cody Webb Confirmed for 2017 Tennessee Knockout: Factory FMF KTM rider back to defend his title

Cody Webb, (@codywebb2)  (@ktmfactoryracing), the four-time winner of the Kenda Tennessee Knockout, presented by Moose Racing and SRT Offroad, has confirmed that he will be back to defend his title in 2017.

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.

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