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Webb conquers 2013 Kenda Tennessee Knockout; Robert and Graffunder round out the podium on a tough course

2013 TKO Webb - Shan Moore photo Cody and Kipp Webb, photo by Chris Kane Racing

The third time was the charm for Cody Webb to conquer the KENDA Tennessee Knockout. After finishing second to Mike Brown the previous two years, Webb dominated the multi round event to take the largest portion of the $10,000 purse. Monster Kawasaki’s Taylor Robert won a multi rider battle for second during his first visit to the TKO while Husqvarna’s Cory Graffunder finished a close third.

Mother Nature combined with the tough trails at the Trials Training Center helped the event live up to its billing as an American Extreme Enduro. Heavy rain the night before forced a few course changes but there were still several hill climbs and creek sections that proved to be challenging for even the most talented riders.

The day started with a hot lap around a mile long “short course”. Cody Webb set the standard with a time of 2:57 and was followed by Brown (3:12), Kyle Redmond (3:13), Graffunder (3:14) and Nick Fahringer (3:21).

Next up was the first Knock Out round on the 13 mile “long course”. The 39 riders were sent out in 30 second intervals and the top 25 times would earn a spot in the next round. Webb again set the pace with a time of 54:02 followed by Fahringer (58:40), Brown (58:58), Redmond (1:00:41) and Graffunder (1:03:22). The extremely technical loop proved to be difficult and only and only 22 riders finished in time to start the next Knockout round.

TKO round two placed the riders into five groups of 4-5 riders and only the top three in each group would earn a spot in the 15 rider main event. Webb won group one over Fabien Planet, the multi-time French Enduro Champion and Enduro World Championship competitor. Max Gerston, the young Arizona rider won an intense battle with Russell Bobbitt to take the final spot from group one. Fahringer won group two over Jordan Ashburn and Grant Baylor. In group three, Wally Palmer used his two-wheel drive Christini to beat Brown and Quinn Wentzel, a top Trials rider. Robert won group four over Redmond and Loic Leonard, the French Canadian that had earned a spot from the Saturday qualifiers. Graffunder won group five over Zach Love and Bryan Roper.

Fahringer took the lead on the start of the 8 lap main event and looked determined as he attacked the slippery rock sections. But the aggression proved a little too much as he lost control and hit a tree, which allowed Webb to take the lead. Once in the lead, Webb slowly pulled away from a multi rider battle for second. The lead was a minute and 25 seconds at the halfway point and grew to nearly three minutes at the finish. “I guess I like this Extreme stuff, even though you wonder why when you are out there struggling.” Webb said. “I learned a lot from getting second the past two years so it was great to get the win”.

Fahringer held second at the end of the first lap but further problems would eventually take him out of contention and he finished two laps down in eighth. Brown took over second but had Redmond on his tail and would take over the spot just before the halfway point but then broke his clutch lever with a tip over and allowed Brown back by. But then Robert, the current WORCS champion and Graffunder were in close formation and both pushed past. On lap seven of eight, Brown pulled out of the event after losing another position to Gerston. “I was just too tired and struggling all day” Brown said. “I have been in Mexico doing Baja testing and it took a lot out of me.”

Robert and Graffunder continued to battle for second all the way to the finish and would be the only two riders to remain on the lead lap with Webb. “I got better and gained confidence as the day went on” Robert said”. We have a lot of rocks in Arizona but they are like sand paper and these rocks have slime on them so I am happy I was able to do well”. Gerston was an impressive fourth place ahead of Planet who said “This was one of the toughest races I have ever done, especially the first long test”.

Redmond, Brown, Fahringer, Ashburn and Baylor rounded out the top ten.

2013 KENDA Tennessee Knockout Main Event Results:

  1. Cody Webb – Beta
  2. Taylor Robert – Kawasaki
  3. Cory Graffunder – Husqvarna
  4. Max Gerston – Beta
  5. Fabien Planet – Sherco
  6. Kyle Redmond – KTM
  7. Mike Brown –  KTM
  8. Nick Fahringer – Husaberg
  9. Jordan Ashburn – Yamaha
  10. Grant Baylor – KTM
  11. Bryan Roper – KTM
  12. Quinn Wentzel – KTM
  13. Loic Leonard – KTM
  14. Wally Palmer – Christini
  15. Zach Love – KTM

SRT Joins KENDA Tennessee Knockout to Showcase New Products

Showcasing products developed for Extreme off-road riding

SRT Offroad

Sequatchie, TN (June 19, 2013) – SRT is a new player to the Powersports market but has a long history as a leader in industrial manufacturing. SRT is specializing in the development of innovative, high quality, affordable race and recreational products for off-road riders. To help build awareness, SRT has joined on as a sponsor of the 2013 KENDA AMA Tennessee Knockout, one of the toughest off-road races in America. For other water sports products in scuba diving just visit mens dive watches.

“We ride a lot of off-road and technical stuff and I personally love the tough stuff” said Craig Thompson, President of SRT. “We have been developing products that are needed for the bike and rider to help deal with tough conditions such as those found at the Tennessee Knockout so we are thrilled to showcase the products at such tough event”.

The third annual KENDA AMA Tennessee Knockout, Fueled by Monster Energy and presented by Moose Racing and SRT will take place in Sequatchie, Tennessee on Saturday and Sunday, August 17-18, 2013. The American Extreme Enduro has attracted top riders from several disciplines such as former Motocross Champion turned EnduroCross specialist, Mike Brown, Trials Champion Cody Webb, GNCC Champion Paul Whibley, Enduro Champion Russell Bobbitt and top young riders such as Jordan Ashburn and Colton Haaker. The multi-round Knockout format is extremely challenging for the riders and is very spectator friendly with multiple viewing locations within a close walk from the main pit area.

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.

Pre-Qualified Riders Confirmed for 2013 KENDA Tennessee Knockout

Top pro riders from all major series get free entry to Tennessee Knockout

TKO-Kenda-AMA-2013_Logo-800wSequatchie, TN (May 13, 2013) – The third annual KENDA AMA Tennessee Knockout, fueled by Monster Energy and presented by Moose Racing will take place August 17-18, 2013. KTM’s Mike Brown won the event the first two years and is planning to be back to again claim the biggest piece of the $10,000 purse. Brown is fresh off a dominating performance at the opening round of the 2013 GEICO AMA EnduroCross Series so he looks ready to defend his title in his home state of Tennessee. But you can be sure that he will face stiff competition from top riders from all disciplines.

The top five finishers at the 2012 TKO included riders from EnduroCross, Trials, National Enduro and GNCC racing. So it is a great mix of backgrounds facing off on an extremely challenging course with a large purse on the line.

Riders are pre-qualified based on earning a qualifying spot in the main event at previous Tennessee Knockout events as well as finishing in the top 10 in the following during 2012:  EnduroCross Expert Championship, AMA/NATC National Trials Pro Championship, GNCC XC1 Championship, AMA National Enduro Pro Championship, WORCS Pro-1 Championship, OMA Expert Championship. In addition to the list below, riders in the top five in the above championships on August 1, 2013 will also earn a pre-qualified position. The promoter may also select top riders from around the world as wild card entries with free entries to the Sunday Expert race.

  • Mike Brown
  • Cody Webb
  • Russell Bobbitt
  • Paul Whibley
  • Nick Fahringer
  • Jordan Ashburn
  • Colton Haaker
  • Taylor Robert
  • Steward Baylor
  • Pat Smage
  • Taddy Blazusiak
  • Kailub Russell
  • Michael Lafferty
  • Bobby Garrison
  • Andrew Delong
  • Rory Mead
  • Robby Bell
  • Keith Wineland
  • Shane Klimek
  • Thad DuVall
  • Ryan Abbatoye
  • Bryan Roper
  • Aaron McKnight
  • Charlie Mullins
  • Jesse Groemm
  • Gary Sutherlin
  • Justin Soule
  • Karl Davis Jr.
  • Scott Watkins
  • Brad Bakken
  • Eric Storz
  • Zach Ingram
  • Chris Bach
  • Josh Strang
  • Logan Bolopue
  • Kyle Redmond
  • Tyson Emery
  • Nathan Kanney
  • Grant Baylor
  • Andrew Oldar
  • Cory Graffunder
  • Zach Love
  • Brett Zofchak
  • Takeshi Koikeda
  • Shane Hufford Jr.
  • Kyle Summers
  • Bailey Tucker
  • Geoff Aaron
  • Dustin Gibson
  • Alex Bedley
  • Dennis Jonon
  • Garrett Edmisten
  • Cory Buttrick
  • Timmy Weigand
  • Phil Smage
  • Kevin Rookstool
  • Bobby Prochnau
  • Kurt Caselli
  • Wally Palmer
  • Michael Williams
  • Destry Abbott
  • Jason Thomas
  • Max Gerston
  • Graham Jarvis

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.

2013 KENDA Tennessee Knockout Extreme Enduro Schedule Confirmed

Mark your calendar for the third annual American Extreme Enduro

TKO-Kenda-AMA-2013_Logo-800wSequatchie, TN (December 10, 2012) – The KENDA Tennessee Knockout, Fueled by Monster Energy has quickly become one of the top off road motorcycle events in the country. The event will be back at the Trials Training Center on August 17-18, 2013.

Tennessee’s Mike Brown has built on his legendary reputation for toughness by winning the first two TKO events. The 2012 win was particularly difficult as rain added to the difficulty and made one waterfall section nearly impossible for even the best riders in the world. “If it gets any tougher than that, then I don’t want to do it again” Brown joked afterwards. You can expect that Brown will indeed be back to go for his third consecutive win and take the biggest chunk of the $10,000 pro purse.

The large purse and challenging conditions has attracted some of the top off road motorcycle racers in the world and you can expect that again in 2013. Cody Webb, the 2012 EnduroCross Championship runner up has finished second the KENDA Tennessee Knockout the last two years as well and wants to win bad. Four time National Enduro Champion, Russell Bobbitt finished third at his first attempt at the TKO in 2012 and likely learned a lot about how to challenge for the win.

Paul Whibley, the 2009 and 2012 GNCC Champion has competed in the TKO the past two seasons as well as Husqvarna’s Kyle Redmond and Colton Haaker. So you can expect these top riders to be among the likely competitors in 2013.

The top off-road racers from around the world will be invited to compete 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 format.

Check out this video for highlights of the 2012 event:

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Moyylu0KN68&feature=plcp