The Kenda Tennessee Knockout has become the premier Extreme Enduro in the US and Kenda has been the title sponsor since the first event in 2011. The ninth annual TKO will take over the Trials Training Center on the weekend of August 16-18. It has expanded to a three-day event with a Friday Prologue allowing the amateur riders to earn their starting positions for the Saturday racing. Saturday serves as the AMA Grand Championship for Extreme Enduro and Sunday is the pro day, which attracts many of the top riders from around the world to compete with America’s best.
“We extended our agreement with the Tennessee Knockout for three years starting with 2018 because we are thrilled with the growth of this event,” stated Jason Baldwin, Director of Powersports for American Kenda. “We are really proud of the fact that Kenda is the most popular brand of tires used at the event as that proves the performance of our tires”.
After the Friday afternoon Prologue, the top amateur riders will compete in two rounds of racing on Saturday. The top 30 riders from Saturday will also earn the opportunity to compete on Sunday with the pre-qualified pro riders. The pre-qualified Sunday riders earn an invite based on top results in several major US or International off-road motorcycle series and events. Top-25 pro finishers from the prior year’s TKO also earn a spot on the Sunday invite list.
The Sunday racing uses a unique four round Knockout race format that is challenging for the riders and entertaining for the fans. The course layout provides a lot of great spectator locations with some unbelievably challenging terrain for all four Knockout rounds. Mark your calendar for the weekend of August 16-18 to see the worlds best racers face off against the track and each other.
There is also a Women’s class with a separate main event that will run on Saturday afternoon. This is an AMA Grand Championship class and women riders can still enter.
Kenda has been the title sponsor of the Tennessee Knockout since the first event in 2011. The ninth annual TKO will take place on August 16-18, 2019. Photo: Darrin Chapman
The Kenda Tennessee Knockout has become one of the premier off-road motorcycle races in the United States and many top international riders have competed in recent years. The ninth annual TKO will take place at the Trials Training Center in Sequatchie, Tennessee on August 16-18, 2019.
FMF KTM’s Cody Webb has won the TKO for six straight years despite serious challenges from the top US and International riders. Germany’s Manuel Lettenbichler, South Africa’s Wade Young, the UK’s Graham Jarvis and Spain’s Mario Roman have all joined Webb on the podium in recent years but have not been able to knock Webb off the top step. Top North American riders including Kyle Redmond, Taylor Robert, Max Gerston, Jordan Ashburn and Cory Graffunder have also tried to unseat Webb and many of these riders will be back again in 2019.
The TKO will feature both Saturday (Amateur) and Sunday (Expert) racing. The Sunday format will again feature a multi-round Knockout format that is challenging for the riders and very spectator friendly. The expert riders will be competing for a $10,000 purse.
Any rider that finished in the top 26 on Sunday at the 2018 TKO will be qualified directly into the 2019 TKO Sunday program. In addition, past TKO main event qualifiers and top off-road riders from other major US and International racing series and events will be invited directly into the Sunday program.
The Saturday program will include two rounds of racing and will serve as the Extreme Enduro AMA Grand Championship for Amateur riders. Amateur riders can earn spots directly into round two via several AMA regional championship events. Riders that do not qualify via one of the AMA regional events can sign up for one of 350 open spots that will compete in a morning qualifying race that can earn a spot in the championship final on Saturday. The top 30 finishers from Saturday will earn a spot in Sunday’s expert program.
New for 2019, the Amateur riders will be given the opportunity to compete in a Friday afternoon “hot-lap” qualifying session to earn their starting positions. The qualifying session will be for both the pre-qualified riders (to set their starting position for race two) and those that enter the TKO amateur class to determine their starting positions for Saturday race one. Any riders that do not participate in the hot-lap will be lined up after those that participate in the hot-lap based on their sign up order.
Amateur registration opens at 6:00 pm CST on Thursday, December 6, 2018. There are just 350 spots available and entries sold out in just a couple of hours in the past so please plan to get your entry in as soon as it opens. The registration link will be available here on the TKO website.
There will also be a Women’s class with a Saturday morning qualifying session and Saturday afternoon main event.
The 2019 Kenda Tennessee Knockout will take place at the Trials Training Center on August 16-18, 2019. The riders below have earned a spot directly into the Sunday expert racing.
Any rider that finished in the top 26 on Sunday at the 2018 TKO will be qualified directly into the 2019 TKO Sunday program. In addition, past TKO main event qualifiers and top off-road riders from other major US and International racing series and events will be invited directly into the Sunday program. The riders below have already earned a Sunday invite with a free entry:
Benjamin Herrera Ried
Karl Davis Jr.
Additional riders may be added prior to the 2019 event. The top 30 Saturday Amateur riders will also earn a spot in the Sunday racing program.
2019 will also a Women’s class with a Saturday morning qualifying session and Saturday afternoon main event.