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Colton Haaker confirmed; former EnduroCross champion looking for success at 2018 TKO

Colton Haaker (@coltonhaaker), the 2016 AMA EnduroCross and 2017 FIM Super Enduro champion has confirmed that he will be back for the 2018 Kenda Tennessee Knockout. The Rockstar Husqvarna Factory Racing Team (@rockstarhusky) rider had to miss the 2017 event due to injury. The eighth annual TKO will take place at the Trials Training Center, in Sequatchie, Tennessee on the weekend of August 18-19.

Colton Haaker has proven to be one of the best EnduroCross and Super Enduro racers in the world. He will be aiming to prove that he can translate that talent to a top finish at the 2018 TKO. Photo: Future7Media

Haaker grew up competing in Trials events and spent a lot of time at the Trials Training Center (@trialstrainingcenter) honing his skills as a teenager. He transitioned to EnduroCross and has been one of the top riders in that series for the past ten years and had his best year in 2016, winning five of the eight events and the championship. The Northern California native has competed at the TKO several times but has so far been unable to make it to the podium. He certainly has the skills necessary to change that in 2018.

Look for more top riders to be confirmed in the coming days as we close in on the event.

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.

Mike Brown and Colton Haaker confirmed for 2016 Tennessee Knockout Enduro

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:

Mike Brown 2016 Husqvarna Team

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:

Colton Haaker 2016 Husqvarna Team

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 confirmed for 2015 KENDA TKO

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.

Mike Brown

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.

Colton Haaker, photo by Drew Ruiz

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.