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Pre-qualified riders confirmed for 2016 KENDA Tennessee Knockout

The sixth annual KENDA AMA Tennessee Knockout, presented by Moose Racing and SRT, will take place on August 20-21, 2016. KTM’s Cody Webb (@codywebb2) won an epic battle with the UK’s Jonny Walker (jonnywalker_22) to take the 2015 TKO title. Webb will face stiff competition for the 2016 event as a huge list of the top off-road racers from around the world have vowed to challenge Webb for the largest piece of the $10,000 purse.

TKO 2015 Webb - Brehob Photo

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, 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 2016 KENDA Tennessee Knockout:

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Pre-Qualified Riders Confirmed for 2015 KENDA Tennessee Knockout

The fifth annual KENDA AMA Tennessee Knockout, presented by Moose Racing and SRT, will take place on August 15-16, 2015. Cody Webb took his second straight win in 2014 after finishing second to Tennessee native Mike Brown the previous two years. Both riders are expected to be back at the Trials Training Center in 2015 looking to take the biggest share of the $10,000 purse.

TKO 2015

Webb, who is also the defending GEICO AMA EnduroCross Champion, will face a long list of challengers for the 2015 KENDA TKO title. FMF KTM’s Taylor Robert has finished second the past two years and is anxious to stand on the top step of the podium. And AmPro Yamaha’s Grant Baylor finished on the podium in his first attempt at the TKO in 2014 so he learned the terrain and will likely improve in 2015 as well. Current GNCC Champion Kailub Russell also made a first attempt at the TKO in 2014 and finished a disappointing 14th so you can be sure he will be looking to challenge for the podium as well.

The top five finishers at the previous TKO events have included riders from EnduroCross, 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 on:

  • Qualifying for the main event at previous Tennessee Knockout events
  • Finishing in the top 10 in the following championships in 2014: AMA EnduroCross Expert Championship, AMA/NATC National Trials Pro Championship, GNCC XC1 Championship, AMA National Enduro Pro Championship, WORCS Pro-1 Championship, and OMA Expert Championship
  • Finishing in the top five of the 2014 GNCC XC-2 Championship
  • Holding a top-five position in any of the above championships on August 1, 2015

(The promoter may also select top riders from around the world at their discretion as “wild card” entries with free entries to the Sunday Expert race.)

The following riders have earned invites for the 2015 KENDA Tennessee Knockout:

Cody Webb
Grant Baylor
Taylor Robert
Paul Whibley
Max Gerston
Andrew Delong
Bobby Prochnau
Kailub Russell
Ricky Russell
Wally Palmer
Charlie Mullins
Jesse Groemm
Josh Strang
Pat Smage
Taddy Blazusiak
Jordan Ashburn
Colton Haaker
Martin Matejicek
Nick Fahringer
Zach Love
Steward Baylor
Brad Bakken
Logan Bolopue
Kyle Redmond
Ty Tremaine
Daniel Blanc-Gonnet
Gary Sutherlin
Cory Graffunder
Michael Lafferty
Bryan Roper
Mike Brown
Robby Bell
Jason Thomas
Mark Fortner
Travis Bollinger
Justin Jones
Adam Bonneur
Keith Wineland
Eric Yorba
Jimmy Jarrett
Chris Bach
Troy DeSimone
Ryder Lafferty
Geoff Aaron
Layne Michael
Dustin Hedwall
Justin Seeds
Cory Buttrick
Callan May
Shad Petersen
Jonny Walker
Russell Bobbitt
Graham Jarvis
Noah Koeple
Nick Davis
Ronnie Commo
Destry Abbott
Quinn Wentzel
Loic Leonard
Ian Blyth

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.

Kenda Tennessee Knockout Extreme Enduro featured in January Dirt Rider magazine

TKO feature in Dirt Rider magazine Jan. 2012

The January 2012 issue of Dirt Rider magazine has a feature on the inaugural Kenda Tennessee Knockout Extreme Enduro held this past August here at the TTC.  (See a pattern here?) Sean Finley at Digital Throttle put this PDF together to give you a glimpse. Here’s an excerpt:

Given the worldwide popularity of hard enduro, the Kenda Tennessee Knockout Extreme Enduro was proof that with the right organization, a good format, a difficult course and support from the top riders such an event can successfully be held on American soil. The rocky terrain surrounding the Trials Training Center was on par with the difficulty level of most hard enduros, and almost as soon as the event was over, the riders, teams and spectators were buzzing about a future edition of the race.

The article is available via a print or digital subscription to Dirt Rider magazine here.