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eMoto Confirmed as AMA Grand Championship Class for 2023 Red Bull Tennessee Knockout

The inaugural ECR eMoto (Electric Motorcycle) race at the 2022 Red Bull Tennessee Knockout was a huge success. Twenty-six riders attempted the Friday hot-lap and twenty-four riders took on the full TKO loop one on Saturday morning with seventeen riders completing the full course in the two-hour time limit.

The top six eMoto qualifiers lined up for the start of the 2022 Red Bull Tennessee Knockout

Due to the enthusiastic response from the racers and manufacturers, the AMA has confirmed that the ECR eMoto class will be included as a Grand Championship class for the 2023 Red Bull Tennessee Knockout.

“We were really happy to see how much excitement we had for the ECR eMoto race at the 2022 TKO,” said Eric Peronnard, co-producer of the Red Bull Tennessee Knockout. “A lot of people were surprised at how capable and fun the electric bikes proved to be on the tough course. We had seven manufacturers represented and over twenty-five riders racing last year and we look forward to more aiming for the AMA number 1 plate in 2023.”

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 twenty riders that complete the course in two and a half hours will qualify to compete in the Sunday championship race, which will utilize a tougher course.

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.

The 2023 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.

Amateur riders are encouraged to enter the TKO before the early-bird entry discount ends. Riders can enter here.

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

At the inaugural TKO eMoto race, Hawaii’s Sam Bird (center) raced an Electric Motion to beat JoJo Toole (right) to take the win. Toole was riding a prototype XE4 conversion that utilized a Yamaha YZ250F motocross chassis. Jason Smith rounded out the podium on another Electric Motion

Sherco contingency confirmed for 2023 Red Bull Tennessee Knockout; contingency available for pro and amateur Sherco riders

Sherco USA has confirmed a contingency awards program for the 2023 Red Bull Tennessee Knockout event.

The top finishers in the pro, pro women, Amateur A, Amateur B, Amateur C, Vet 45+ and Women Amateur classes will be eligible for awards. The pro riders are eligible for cash and the amateur riders will be awarded via a credit.

“We are proud of the growing number of racers choosing to use Sherco motorcycles to compete in their favorite off-road events,” said Bryan Kraham, Chief Marketing Officer at Sherco USA. “Offering a contingency program is a great way to show our appreciation to those riders putting their trust in Sherco.”

Pro Contingency:
1.    $2500
2.    $1500
3.    $1000
4.    $750
5.    $500

Women Pro Contingency:
1.    $750
2.    $500
3.    $400

Amateur A, Amateur B, Amateur C, Vet 45+ and Women Amateur Contingency (dealer credit):
1.    $300
2.    $200
3.    $100

More details on how to register for the Sherco contingency program will be available at the event.

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 are encouraged to enter the TKO before the early-bird entry discount ends. Riders can enter here,

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

Sherco riders Cody Webb (pictured), Mario Roman and Wade Young have stood on the TKO podium in past years and the brand has increased in popularity with amateur riders. For 2023 Sherco riders in the pro and amateur classes will be eligible for contingency awards for podium finishers. Photo: Future7Media

KTM, Husqvarna and GasGas contingency confirmed for 2023 Red Bull TKO; Money on the line for top pro and amateur riders

KTM, Husqvarna, and GasGas have confirmed contingency award programs for the 2023 Red Bull Tennessee Knockout event. The top finishers in the Pro, Pro Women, Amateur A, Vet 45+, and Women Amateur classes will be eligible for awards. The Pro riders are eligible for cash, and the amateur riders will be awarded dealer credit.

  • Pro Contingency:
    ⦁ $2500
    ⦁ $1500
    ⦁ $1000
    ⦁ $750
    ⦁ $500
  • Women Pro Contingency:
    ⦁ $750
    ⦁ $500
    ⦁ $400
  • Amateur A, Vet 45+ and Women Amateur Contingency (dealer credit):
    ⦁ $300
    ⦁ $200
    ⦁ $100

Riders can register for contingency at the following links:

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 are encouraged to enter the TKO before March 31, when the entry fee will increase. Riders can enter here.

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

The racing format will be like past year’s 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.