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ECR eMoto Class Back for Third Year at the 2024 Red Bull Tennessee Knockout; Surron becomes a TKO presenting sponsor

The ECR eMoto (Electric Motorcycle) class was introduced at the 2022 Red Bull Tennessee Knockout (TKO) and has rapidly grown in popularity. Twenty-six riders competed in year one and that number jumped to thirty-eight riders in 2023 when eMoto was recognized as an AMA Grand Championship class. The ECR eMoto class will be back again in 2024 as an AMA Grand Championship class and the format will again provide a path for electric motorcycles to earn their way into the Sunday TKO final. Canadian Spenser Wilton came up just short of qualifying for the final, riding an Electric Motion last year.

For 2024, Surron motorcycles has increased their involvement to become a TKO presenting sponsor with the goal to further expand the participation level and build awareness for how capable and fun electric motorcycles are. Nearly half of the ECR eMoto participants raced a Surron motorcycle at the 2023 TKO and hundreds of riders got to test ride a Surron on the free demo course. The free electric motorcycle demo rides will be back again in 2024 and open to anybody that wants to give one of the bikes a test ride.

The popular electric bike demo rides will be back again at the 2024 TKO event. Hundreds of riders test rode Surron and Electric Motion electric bikes at the 2023 event.

The ECR eMoto AMA Grand Championship will include three rounds of racing, starting with a hot lap on Friday to set the Saturday morning starting order. On Saturday morning, the eMoto riders will compete in a qualification race. Up to the top fifteen riders that complete the course in two and a half hours will qualify to compete in the Sunday championship race, which will utilize the tougher pro course.

Thirty-eight riders competed in the ECR eMoto class at the 2023 Red Bull Tennessee Knockout. There will again be an AMA Grand Championship #1 plate on the line for the eMoto class in 2024. Photo Brandon Krause.

The ECR eMoto class is an open format that will allow electric motorcycles of all power levels with a minimum rear wheel size of 16 inches. Trials style motorcycles (but no Trials tires) are allowed for the eMoto class. Riders of all skill levels that are 16 years of age and older will be eligible to enter the ECR eMoto class.

The 2024 Red Bull Tennessee Knockout will again be a three-day format with a Prologue on Friday to set amateur racer starting positions followed by two rounds of amateur racing on Saturday and a multi round Sunday competition for the pro riders, which will include the top thirty finishers from Saturday.

Riders can enter the 2024 Red Bull Tennessee Knockout here.

2024 Red Bull Tennessee Knockout Dates Confirmed: Friday, August 23 to Sunday August 25, 2024

The Red Bull Tennessee Knockout (TKO) has been confirmed for Friday, August 23 to Sunday, August 25, 2024, at the Trials Training Center in Sequatchie, Tennessee. This will serve as the fourteenth annual TKO event and it will again be part of the FIM Hard Enduro World Championship (HEWC). The top North American riders will take on the best international riders.

The 2024 Red Bull Tennessee Knockout will be back on the FIM Hard Enduro World Championship schedule. The top riders in the world will compete at the Trials Training Center on the weekend of August 23 to 25, 2024. Photo by Brandon Krause.

The multi-round racing format that attracts over 500 amateur entries and the best pro riders will start on Friday with the amateur Hot Laps to set the Saturday starting positions. Saturday will include two rounds of amateur racing that will allow up to thirty riders to earn the opportunity to race in the Sunday pro competition. Sunday will include three rounds of pro-class racing that conclude with a multi-lap main event that is spectacular for the fans.

Canada’s Trystan Hart won the 2023 TKO over the UK’s Billy Bolt and Germany’s Mani Lettenbichler. This was Hart’s second consecutive Red Bull TKO win and he now has three counting his 2020 victory. Lettenbichler took the 2019 TKO win and Bolt won the 2021 event. These three riders have dominated the FIM Hard Enduro World Championship for the past five years but there are several other top riders that will be aiming to earn their spot on the podium including American’s Cody Webb, Ryder LeBlond, Jordan Ashburn and Colton Haaker. You can add in top international riders like Spain’s Mario Roman, Bulgaria’s Teodor Kabachiev, South Africa’s Wade Young, Austria’s Michael Walkner, Spain’s Alfredo Gomez and the UK’s Graham Jarvis to those riders than will be gunning for the podium.

The TKO will again include the ECR eMoto championship races for electric motorcycles and electric motorcycle demo rides to add to the fun weekend for racers and spectators.

Entries will open early in 2024 and more details for the event will also be announced in the coming months.

2023 Red Bull Tennessee Knockout date confirmed for August 18-20, 2023. Amateur entries open January 18, 2023

The thirteenth annual Red Bull Tennessee Knockout (TKO) is confirmed for August 18-20, 2023, at the Trials Training Center. It will again serve as the AMA Grand Championship for Extreme Off-Road and is expected to attract the top North American and International Hard Enduro racers.

Amateur riders registration

Entries will open on Wednesday, January 18th at 6:00 PM Central Time. The entry fee will be $100 (this includes a transponder rental fee) for participants that enter before March 31, 2023. The entry fee will increase to $120 after March 31.

Amateur riders can enter at Trackside Registration starting at 6:00 PM Central Time on January 18, 2023:

A separate link will be sent directly to the pre-qualified Amateur and Pro riders.

Racing format

The racing format will be like past years with a Prologue on Friday to set amateur racer starting positions followed by two rounds of amateur racing on Saturday and a multi round Sunday competition for the pro riders, which will include the top thirty finishers from Saturday. The ECR eMoto electric motorcycle class that was a huge success in 2022 will be back and a few other exiting ideas are being developed.

TKO will again pre-qualify the top riders to the multi round Sunday competition. This will include top riders from major US and international off-road racing series and events. Any rider that finished in the top 35 on Sunday at the 2022 TKO, as well as riders that have qualified for a previous TKO Sunday main event, will be qualified directly into the 2023 TKO Sunday program.

The Saturday program will include two rounds of racing and will serve as the AMA Extreme Off-Road Grand Championship for Amateur riders. The overall Amateur winner will be awarded the AMA Extreme Off-Road Grand Championship number one plate.

Classes will be available for A, B, C, Women Pro, Women Amateur, 45+, Youth and eMoto. The top 50 amateur finishers from the 2022 TKO will earn a spot directly into Saturday round two. Amateur riders will also be able to earn spots directly into round two via several AMA Hard Enduro regional championship events.

Riders that do not qualify via one of the AMA regional events can sign up for one of 500 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 be invited to Sunday’s expert program.