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Beta USA riders confirmed for 2017 TKO; Gerston, Ashburn & Tanke aiming for podiums

Beta USA (@betausa) has built up a solid race team to showcase the Italian marque’s full range of bikes and they will have three of their factory backed riders competing at the 2017 Kenda Tennessee Knockout at the Trials Training Center on August 12-13. Max Gerston and Jordan Ashburn will be aiming for top finishes on Sunday while Morgan Tanke will be aiming to top the women’s class on Saturday and then see how far she can go against the pros on Sunday.

Max Gerston has multiple EnduroCross podium finishes to his credit and will be aiming to put his Beta on the podium at the Kenda Tennessee Knockout.

Max Gerston (@maxgerston) has competed in all six previous Kenda Tennessee Knockout events and always seems to have some kind of problem that takes him out of contention for top spots. The Arizona rider is a top EnduroCross racer that has the skills necessary to compete for a top TKO finish.

Tennessee’s Jordan Ashburn joined the Beta Factory team for 2017 and has had a great season. He will be aiming for a podium at the TKO.

Jordan Ashburn (@jashburn7) is a Tennessee native that has had some top ten finishes in the TKO in the past. He joined the Beta USA Factory team for 2017 and is having his best season in years taking wins in the popular Kenda Full Gas Sprint Enduro series and currently leading the points chase. He will have local support as he chases a top finish.

Morgan Tanke has been racing a Beta XTrainer with amazing results against the men in several tough off-road races. This will be her first attempt at the TKO.

Morgan Tanke (@mtanke31) has multiple EnduroCross Women’s main event wins on her resume so she certainly has the skills necessary to tackle tough obstacles. Tanke will be aiming for the Women’s win but don’t be surprised to see her make it through at least a few rounds on Sunday as well on her Beta XTrainer.

Look for more top riders to be confirmed in these last few weeks before the event.

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.