The Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing team of Mike Brown (@browniemx) and Colton Haaker (@coltonhaaker) will be competing at the 2016 Kenda Tennessee Knockout. The sixth annual TKO will take place at the Trials Training Center in Sequatchie, Tennessee on Sunday, August 21st.
Brown, a Tennessee native won the 2011 and 2012 TKO events to the delight of his home state fans. The former Motocross champion that has successfully converted to off-road competition can never be counted out for the win in tough conditions. He proved that in 2012 when he recovered from nearly being eliminated in the multi-round knockout format to come back and take the win:
Haaker captured the FIM SuperEnduro World Championship earlier this year so his skills and speed on difficult obstacles are without question. Haaker is also a multi-time AMA EnduroCross main event winner and took the 2015 King of the Motos win. He has competed at several previous TKO events but has so far been unable to make it up onto the podium and will be looking to change that for 2016:
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.
Husqvarna’s Mike Brown and Colton Haaker have both confirmed that they will be gunning for the top of the podium at the 2015 KENDA AMA Tennessee Knockout.
Brown is a Tennessee native and he took the win at the first two TKO’s in 2011 and 2012. He showed amazing toughness on both occasions but in 2012 in particular as he recovered from nearly being eliminated in an extremely challenging rock ledge section during the second knockout round. Brown struggled in 2013 to finish seventh and had to miss the 2014 event. So he will be back on his factory Husqvarna looking to defend his home turf. He has two wins already this season on the GEICO AMA EnduroCross tour including a win at the most recent round during the X Games event in Austin Texas so he is as strong as ever.
Haaker competed at the 2011 and 2013 TKO events with ninth and seventh place finishes respectively but he has continued to develop as a rider and is currently tied with Cody Webb for the GEICO AMA EnduroCross points lead so you can count on him to be a threat for the win.
“The TKO is good and difficult and I am returning after a two year absence” said Haaker, who won this year’s King of the Motos event. “I look forward to keeping my Hard Enduro top finishing string going.”
The UK’s Jonny Walker, multi time winner of the Erzberg Rodeo and Romaniacs Extreme Enduros, has confirmed that he will be competing at the TKO for the first time. He will be facing off against Brown and Haaker as well as a long list of top North American based riders including: Cody Webb, Taylor Robert, Grant Baylor, Steward Baylor, Ty Tremaine, Cory Graffunder, Daniel Milner, Ricky Russell, Max Gerston, Kyle Redmond, Wally Palmer and Jordan Ashburn.
The second annual KENDA Tennessee Knockout is set to take place this Sunday, September 2nd and the list of top riders set to face off is mind boggling.
There will be an X Games Enduro X Gold Medalist, current GNCC Championship point’s leader, four time National Enduro Champion and 2010 AMA Trials Champion on the line.
Which discipline will prove to be the best when they take on the four round Knockout format at the challenging Trials Training Center facility? If you live anywhere near Chattanooga Tennessee, come see for yourself.
Below are some of the top riders confirmed for the 2012 Kenda Tennessee Knockout (TKO):
- Mike Brown, KTM: 2012 X Games Enduro X Champion, 2011 Kenda Tennessee Knockout Champion, 2009 WORCS Champion, 2000 AMA Motocross Champion.
- Paul Whibley, Yamaha: 2012 GNCC Championship point’s leader, 2009 GNCC Champion, five time OMA Off Road Champion.
- Russell Bobbitt, KTM: Four time AMA National Enduro Champion.
- Cody Webb, Beta: 2010 AMA National Trials Champion, 4th at 2012 Hell’s Gate Extreme Enduro, 2011 EnduroCross #5.
- Jordan Ashburn, Yamaha: Two time GNCC XC-2 Champion.
- Colton Haaker, Kawasaki: Two time EnduroCross Junior Champion and 2012 Las Vegas EnduroCross winner.
- Kyle Redmond, Husqvarna: Multi time top American finisher at Erzberg Extreme Enduro, second at 2012 King of the Motos Extreme Enduro.
- Nick Fahringer, Husaberg: Multi time National Enduro race winner.
- Andrew Delong, Husqvarna: Multi time GNCC XC-2 race winner in 2012.
- Wally Palmer, Christini: Always the crowd favorite and a rider that you have to see to believe.
Unqualified Expert/Pro 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 four round Knockout format.