FMF/KTM’s Taylor Robert has finished second at the last two KENDA Tennessee Knockout events and will be back in 2015 looking to move up to the top of the podium. The fifth annual TKO will take place on the weekend of August 15-16 and the Arizona native has proven to be quick to adapt to the wet, technical East Coast terrain at the amazing Trials Training Center.
“The TKO is one of the toughest yet most fun races in the United States” said Robert. “There are definitely parts where everyone struggles and gets frustrated but the feeling you get when you cross the finish is amazing”.
Robert missed several months of racing to start the 2015 season due to a wrist injury but earned a silver medal at the X Games Enduro X in June to show that he is back up to speed. He passed Cody Webb late in the main event to take the spot and that is likely the man he will have to battle again to take his first KENDA Tennessee Knockout win.
Look for more top riders to be confirmed in the coming weeks.
The RPM KTM duo of Cody Webb and Ty Tremaine have confirmed that they will be back at the 2015 KENDA AMA Tennessee Knockout looking take the top podium spots. Webb, the two-time defending TKO race winner and 2014 GEICO AMA EnduroCross champion, will certainly be the favorite but nothing will be easy on the Trials Training Center terrain.
“I’m super excited about returning to the TKO this year. It’s a great event and has been gaining popularity and exposure” Webb said. “The terrain is perfect for an extreme event. Add in the high temperatures, high levels of humidity and the likely possibility of a thunderstorm rolling in, this race has all aspects of an extreme enduro,” Webb continued.
Ty Tremaine, Webb’s FMF/RPM/KTM Team Maxxis teammate, may be the biggest challenger. The nineteen year old Nevada resident won the 2015 FIM SuperEnduro Junior championship to back up his 2014 GEICO AMA EnduroCross Junior title so he is certainly the top young rider coming up. Tremaine was in line for a top finish at the 2014 TKO until a last lap mechanical issue dropped him to eleventh.
“The TKO’s a really fun event especially coming from the west coast because the terrain is so much different and the weather can change in the blink of an eye” Tremaine said. “It is one of my favorite races of the year and not only does it take skill but it is one of the most physically demanding races as well. I’ve been training really hard and riding a lot to prepare myself and I’m hoping for a solid result” Tremaine concluded.
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.
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.
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:
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.
The Trials Training Center in Sequatchie, Tennessee will host the fifth annual KENDA Tennessee Knockout on the weekend of August 15-16, 2015. The event has quickly become one of the premier off-road motorcycles races, attracting some of the best racers in the world.
Tennessee’s Mike Brown won the first two KENDA Tennessee Knockout events and Cody Webb took the title in 2013 and 2014. You can expect that these two riders will be joined by a large group of top off road racers looking to conquer the tough conditions at the TKO.
The 2015 event will take place just one week prior to the GEICO AMA EnduroCross event in nearby Atlanta. So it is expected that more of the top EnduroCross riders from the west will be able to make the long trip to the east coast to compete in both events. The expert riders will again be competing for a $10,000 purse.
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 multi-round format.
Check out the video highlights of some of the previous TKO events below:
The third annual KENDA Tennessee Knockout took place this past weekend at the Trials Training Center in Sequatchie, Tennessee and Beta’s Cody Webb dominated the event. Instead of the heat and humidity that is typical for the region at this time of year, the riders faced cooler weather and rain leading up to the event, which made the challenging terrain more difficult. Check out all of the 2013 Kenda Tennessee Knockout highlights and feedback from the riders in this video: