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Beta confirms Walker, Apolle and Lewis for 2023 Red Bull Tennessee Knockout; British, German and American riders representing Beta

The Italian Beta motorcycle brand (@betamotor1905) will have a strong team of three riders competing at the Red Bull Tennessee Knockout on August 18-20 at the Trials Training Center. The UK’s Jonny Walker (@jonnywalker_22), Germany’s Tim Apolle (@timapolle96), and America’s Danny Lewis (@danny_lewis_9) are all capable of top finishes.

Jonny Walker, the current AMA EnduroCross champion and former winner of major international Hard Enduro events, including the Erzbergrodeo and Red Bull Romaniacs, has had a strong 2023 season so far. The Beta rider finished second to Billy Bolt in the FIM SuperEnduro championship and backed that up with a fourth-place finish at the Erzbergrodeo in June.

Jonny Walker was the first of the top international riders to confirm his plans to race the 2023 TKO. He has finished on the podium in Tennessee before and will be aiming to repeat that strong result. Photo by Future7Media.

Tim Apolle has spent a lot of time racing in the US, including a couple of seasons of AMA EnduroCross. The German has earned several podiums in EnduroCross and international Hard Enduro events. He loves to put on a show so he is a fun rider to keep an eye on.

Tim Apolle likes to put on a show and the Beta rider will be one to keep an eye on, especially during the Saturday afternoon straight rhythm event. Photo by Future7Media.

Pennsylvania’s Danny Lewis is a strong up and coming rider that has focused on the AMA US Hard Enduro championship for the past few years. A switch to Beta motorcycles in 2023 has contributed to several top ten finishes including a fifth place at the Snake Bike Hard Enduro in Texas.

Danny Lewis has had a strong 2023 season on his new Beta with several top ten finishes and a fifth at the Snake Bite Hard Enduro. Photo by Ryan McCasland.

The 2023 Red Bull Tennessee Knockout will take place at the Trials Training Center on August 18-20, 2023. There are still entries available for the Saturday amateur classes, including the ECR eMoto class. Click here to enter.

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

Husqvarna confirms Bolt, LeBlond, and Haaker for 2023 Red Bull Tennessee Knockout

Husqvarna will have a strong team of three riders aiming for a win at the 2023 Red Bull Tennessee Knockout. The UK’s Billy Bolt (@billybolt57) and America’s Ryder LeBlond (@ryderleblond_) and Colton Haaker (@coltonhaaker) will be viable threats for the top of the podium.

Bolt, the three-time SuperEnduro champion, also won the 2018 WESS (World Enduro Super Series) championship and won the 2021 FIM Hard Enduro World Championship. The British rider came out on top of a great head-to-head battle with Mani Lettenbichler to win the 2021 TKO en route to that championship. An injury took him out of much of the 2022 season, but he will be back to try to get his second TKO win.

Billy Bolt won the only race he has competed in on US soil, the 2021 Red Bull Tennessee Knockout. The British rider has dominated SuperEnduro for the last four years and that translated well to the high-intensity TKO race format. Photo by Future7Media.

The US-based Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing team will have Ryder LeBlond aiming for a TKO podium finish. The young Pennsylvania rider finished second in the 2022 and 2023 AMA Hard Enduro championships and was the top American finisher at the 2022 TKO event.

Ryder LeBlond has become the closest rival for Trystan Hart in the AMA Hard Enduro championship the past two seasons. The youngster from Pennsylvania continues to improve and wants to prove he can compete with the best Hard Enduro riders in the world. Photo by Future7Media.

Colton Haaker, the five-time AMA EnduroCross champion will also be competing at the TKO for the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna team. The California native that now lives in Idaho has the skills to compete for a podium spot in the intense TKO race format.

Colton Haaker has the experience and skills to put his name on the list of riders that can put in a good result on the tough Trials Training Center terrain. Look for Haaker to shine in the Saturday afternoon straight rhythm prologue. Photo by Future7Media.

The 2023 Red Bull Tennessee Knockout will take place at the Trials Training Center on August 18-20, 2023. There are still entries available for the Saturday amateur classes, including the ECR eMoto class. Click here to enter.

ECR eMoto Updated Race Format and Demo Rides Confirmed for 2023 Red Bull TKO; Electric bike AMA Grand Championship

The 2023 Red Bull Tennessee Knockout will include the second annual ECR eMoto race for electric motorcycles. With an AMA Grand Championship number one plate on the line, we can expect an increase in the number of racers and electric motorcycle manufacturers participating. In addition to the racing, there will be an electric motorcycle demo area to allow people the opportunity to try out an electric bike for themselves.

Electric Cycle Rider (ECR) returns as the eMoto class title sponsor again for 2023.

The electric bike-focused media outlet and parts site is the place to keep up to date with the latest electric motorcycle news, reviews, and upgrades.

Hawaii’s Sam Bird raced an Electric Motion to take the win in the inaugural ECR eMoto race at the 2022 Red Bull Tennessee Knockout. For 2023, there will be an AMA Grand Championship number one plate on the line. Photo by Rocks, Roots and Mud.

The 2023 eMoto race format will include four races starting with the Hot-Lap on Friday afternoon to set the starting positions for a Saturday morning qualification race on the “long course” (approximately 10-12 miles). The top ten finishers on Saturday morning will move directly to the Sunday morning ECR eMoto main event.

The eleventh to fourteenth place finishers on Saturday morning will be invited to a Last Chance Qualifier race on Saturday afternoon. That LCQ will take place on the straight rhythm course with the four riders racing in head-to-head elimination races with the winner earning the final spot in the eleven-rider final for Sunday morning.

JoJo Toole raced a prototype XE4 electric bike to second place at the 2022 TKO eMoto race. The rider from Arkansas led most of the race but gave up the lead to Bird just before the finish. Photo by Rocks, Roots and Mud.

The Sunday final will take off after the pro racers and compete on the “long course” (approximately 10-12 miles long) and will determine AMA Grand Championship for the eMoto class.

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 and 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.

If you want to try out an electric motorcycle for yourself, there will be an electric motorcycle demo ride area at the Red Bull Tennessee Knockout. SUR-RON has already confirmed that they will have demo bikes and additional manufacturers are expected to have bikes at the TKO to test ride.

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The 2023 Red Bull Tennessee Knockout will take place at the Trials Training Center on August 18-20, 2023. There are still entries available for the Saturday amateur classes, including the ECR eMoto class. Click here to enter.

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

KTM’s Hart and Lettenbichler Confirmed for 2023 Red Bull Tennessee Knockout; Defending champion and 2020 winner looking for victory

KTM will have a powerful duo aiming for the top step of the podium at the 2023 Red Bull Tennessee Knockout. Trystan Hart (@trystanhart84), the defending TKO winner, and Mani Lettenbichler (@m_letti304), the 2020 TKO winner, have both confirmed that they will be competing at the thirteenth annual Red Bull Tennessee Knockout at the Trials Training Center on August 19-20.

Hart, who is a member of the US-based FMF KTM Factory Racing team, took his second TKO win in 2022 for his first FIM Hard Enduro World Championship win. The Canadian already won the 2023 AMA Hard Enduro Championship and finished third at the Erzbergrodeo for the second consecutive year.

FMF KTM Factory Racing will have Trystan Hart aiming for his third AMA Grand Championship number one plate at the TKO. Hart has already wrapped up the AMA Hard Enduro Championship and is second to Lettenbichler in the FIM Hard Enduro World Championship. Photo by Future7Media.

Lettenbichler races for Red Bull KTM Factory Racing, and he is the current FIM Hard Enduro champion. The German has had a great 2023 season so far taking wins at the Xross Hard Enduro Rally in Serbia and following that up with his second consecutive Erzbergrodeo win in Austria. Lettenbichler has had great success at the TKO in the past with three second place finishes and a win in 2020.

Mani Lettenbichler is arguably the best Hard Enduro racer in the world over the last couple of years. He won his second FIM Hard Enduro World Championship in 2022 and has won both championship races so far in 2023. He will be aiming for his second TKO win in 2023. Photo by Future7Media.

Hart and Lettenbichler will both be racing on the new 2024 KTM 300 XC-W, which now utilizes TBI Fuel Injection. Both riders have already won races on the new bike and hope to add a TKO win to that list.

The 2023 Red Bull Tennessee Knockout will take place at the Trials Training Center on August 18-20, 2023. There are still entries available for the Saturday amateur classes, including the ECR eMoto class. Click here to enter.

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