All posts by Sean Finley

AOMC Returns as Partner of Red Bull Tennessee Knockout; Presenting sponsor of the Women’s Pro class and Amateur Hot Lap

AOMC (Appalachian Offroad Motorsport Company) has been a major partner of the Red Bull Tennessee Knockout since 2018. The West Virginia-based motorcycle dealership and online parts/accessories/gear supplier will be the presenting sponsor of the Women’s pro class and Amateur Hot Laps. They will have a display to showcase some of their products and be available to greet riders.

The Pro Women will be competing for an AMA Grand Championship #1 plate and a $2,000 purse, with $1,000 going to the winner. The top three finishers will also earn the opportunity to compete in Sunday’s pro class.

The Friday afternoon AOMC Amateur Hot Laps allows the riders to earn their Saturday starting positions. The Hot Lap course will be approximately one mile in length and be difficult enough to allow the best riders to separate themselves from the pack to earn the coveted front row start spots. There are two rounds of amateur racing on Saturday with some of the riders already earning a spot in the championship-deciding race two via top finishes at last years TKO or one of the eight AMA Regional Championship events. All the amateur, women, youth and new ECR eMoto (electric motorcycle) riders will have the opportunity to ride the Hot Lap on Friday.

“AOMC is proud to mark our fifth year of partnership with the TKO,” said Ryan Prather, General Manager of AOMC. “With over 500 riders competing and thousands of fans at the event and watching worldwide via Red Bull TV, it is one of the premier off-road motorcycle events in the United States.”

AOMC will be running a special TKO promotion from Thursday, August 11th through the following Thursday, August 18th. Customers can use the code TKO22 for a 15% discount.

You can learn more about Appalachian Offroad Motorsport Company (AOMC) and shop their huge selection online here.

The 2022 TKO will attract most of the best Hard Enduro racers in the world along with a large crowd. Amateur racing starts on Friday with the AOMC Hot-Laps. Saturday is reserved for the amateur, women and eMoto (electric motorcycle) classes. Sunday is when the pro riders take to the track with four rounds of racing. Photo: Future7Media.

USWE Becomes Partner of Red Bull Tennessee Knockout; The most popular hydration system for Hard Enduro

USWE Sports, the makers of the Bounce Free hydration packs has joined as a partner of the 2022 Red Bull Tennessee Knockout. Nearly every rider competing at a Hard Enduro event uses a hydration system and USWE is the most popular brand among the top pro and amateur riders. Manni Lettenbichler and Billy Bolt, the 2020 and 2021 FIM Hard Enduro World champions respectively, are among the riders utilizing USWE hydration packs. USWE will have a big presence at the TKO with a rider lounge and display area to showcase the product line.

“We are looking forward to having an official presence at the TKO for the first time in 2022,” said Karl-Johan Engdahl, the co-founder and Marketing Director of USWE Sports. “The explosion in popularity of Hard Enduro racing and off-road riding in the last several years has been exciting to be a part of. We feel that our Bounce Free design harness system helps riders of all levels perform better. We invite all the riders and fans to come to see latest products at the TKO.”

You can expect some autograph signings and a few product giveaways at the USWE rider lounge near the start-finish area.

You can learn more about USWE products here.

Manni Lettenbichler is among the top Hard Enduro riders that count on USWE hydration systems. They are great for Hard Enduro racing, off-road riding, mountain biking or just about any outdoor recreation

Kenda Returns as Official Tire of Tennessee Knockout; The most popular tire among TKO racers

Kenda tires will return as the presenting sponsor and official tire of the Red Bull Tennessee Knockout for 2022. Forty-seven percent of the racers competed on Kenda tires at the 2021 TKO event, making it the most popular tire brand by a large margin.

“Kenda has been a partner with the Tennessee Knockout since the first event in 2011 and as the event grows, our market share in extreme enduro grows with it,” said Dave Komoroski, Director of Powersports at Kenda. “We’re enthusiasts first and foremost. In fact, a couple of our Ohio-based engineers are competing this year. It’s rewarding to see our work paying off as more and more riders choose to ride Kenda.”

Kenda will have a tire service crew at the Tennessee Knockout ready to help all the riders choose and mount the best options.

You can learn more about Kenda tires here.

There are still entries available for the Saturday amateur classes, including the new ECR eMoto class. Click here to enter.

Kenda will be back as the official tire of the Red Bull Tennessee Knockout for 2022. The brand will have tire support and a few of their engineers competing in the amateur classes to put their product to the test.

Sur Ron Partners with Red Bull Tennessee Knockout. Electric motorcycle brand will have a big presence in eMoto

Sur Ron, one of the most popular electric off-road motorcycle brands in North America, has partnered with the Red Bull Tennessee Knockout. The Sur Ron Light Bee X has expanded riding options for people of all skill levels.

The Sur Ron Light Bee X has a large cult following. Several riders will be racing these bikes in the ECR eMoto race at the TKO.

The reduced sound and easy rideability compared to gas-powered motorcycles opens the door to more riding locations and makes it easier for new riders to enjoy the thrill of motorcycling riding. Several of the racers competing in the new ECR eMoto electric motorcycle class at the TKO will be racing Sur Ron motorcycles and the TKO staff will be using a Sur Ron Light Bee X to create the course on the massive Trials Training Center property. Building on the success of the Light Bee, Sur Ron has a full-size motorcycle called the Storm Bee that will be available soon.

“We are thrilled to see electric bikes showcased at a prestigious event like the TKO,” said Graeme Jones, Director of Marketing for Sur Ron / DIAN Motors Inc. “The ECR eMoto class will introduce a whole new audience to the Sur Ron brand and the capabilities of our unique electric bikes. It’s an exciting time.”

Most people are surprised at how capable and fun the Sur Ron Light Bee motorcycles are.

The Red Bull TKO is round six of the FIM Hard Enduro World Championship so the best Hard Enduro riders in the world will face off against the best North American riders. The event will kick off with a Thursday evening Straight Rhythm Enduro challenge on Broadway Street in downtown Nashville. The riders and fans will then reconvene at the Trials Training Center in Sequatchie, Tennessee on Friday, August 12th for the Amateur class prologue qualifying before two rounds of amateur class racing on Saturday to determine the AMA Grand Championships for Extreme Off-Road racing. The ECR eMoto class will be part of the Saturday morning racing. Sunday will include four rounds of racing for the pro riders.

There are still entries available for the Saturday amateur classes, including the new ECR eMoto electric motorcycle and Youth Lites 12-15 classes. Click here to enter.

Red Bull Tennessee Knockout to Kick Off with Downtown Nashville Straight Rhythm Enduro; FIM Hard Enduro World Championship back in the USA

The best Hard Enduro riders in the world will be back to take on the Red Bull Tennessee Knockout at the Trials Training Center on August 11-14. The TKO is round six of the eight-round FIM Hard Enduro World Championship and the top North American riders will be aiming to mix it up with the HEWC regulars. To add to the excitement, the weekend will kick off with a head-to-head Straight Rhythm challenge in downtown Nashville on Thursday, August 11th

“Last year we got to see an epic battle with Billy Bolt edging out Mani Lettenbichler for the win and Trystan Hart proving that the North American riders can compete on the World stage,” said Eric Peronnard, the TKO co-producer. “It will be great to have all the top riders back at the TKO and the Red Bull Straight Rhythm Enduro event with the top men and women facing off on Broadway Street will be a great way to showcase Hard Enduro to new fans.”  

The Red Bull Straight Rhythm Enduro challenge will take place on Broadway Street in downtown Nashville. Sixteen men and four women riders will race head-to-head in pairs in a best two out of three bracket elimination format. The Straight Rhythm Enduro challenge racing is scheduled from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm and will be free for spectators.

The TKO will then kick off at the Trials Training Center in Sequatchie, Tennessee with the amateur class prologue qualifying on Friday and two rounds of amateur class racing on Saturday to determine the AMA Grand Championships for Extreme Off-Road racing. The top 30 amateur riders will also earn a chance to compete with the pre-qualified pro riders on Sunday. Sunday will include four rounds of racing for the pro riders. 

There are still entries available for the Saturday amateur classes, including the new ECR eMoto electric motorcycle and Youth Lites 12-15 classes. Click here to enter: https://secure.tracksideprereg.com/tko/index.asp