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Kenda Continues Title Sponsorship of Tennessee Knockout; Ninth annual TKO scheduled for August 16-18 Sequatchie, TN

The Kenda Tennessee Knockout has become the premier Extreme Enduro in the US and Kenda has been the title sponsor since the first event in 2011. The ninth annual TKO will take over the Trials Training Center on the weekend of August 16-18. It has expanded to a three-day event with a Friday Prologue allowing the amateur riders to earn their starting positions for the Saturday racing. Saturday serves as the AMA Grand Championship for Extreme Enduro and Sunday is the pro day, which attracts many of the top riders from around the world to compete with America’s best.

Photo: Darrin Chapman

“We extended our agreement with the Tennessee Knockout for three years starting with 2018 because we are thrilled with the growth of this event,” stated Jason Baldwin, Director of Powersports for American Kenda. “We are really proud of the fact that Kenda is the most popular brand of tires used at the event as that proves the performance of our tires”.

After the Friday afternoon Prologue, the top amateur riders will compete in two rounds of racing on Saturday. The top 30 riders from Saturday will also earn the opportunity to compete on Sunday with the pre-qualified pro riders. The pre-qualified Sunday riders earn an invite based on top results in several major US or International off-road motorcycle series and events. Top-25 pro finishers from the prior year’s TKO also earn a spot on the Sunday invite list.

The Sunday racing uses a unique four round Knockout race format that is challenging for the riders and entertaining for the fans. The course layout provides a lot of great spectator locations with some unbelievably challenging terrain for all four Knockout rounds. Mark your calendar for the weekend of August 16-18 to see the worlds best racers face off against the track and each other.

There is also a Women’s class with a separate main event that will run on Saturday afternoon. This is an AMA Grand Championship class and women riders can still enter.

Kenda has been the title sponsor of the Tennessee Knockout since the first event in 2011. The ninth annual TKO will take place on August 16-18, 2019. Photo: Darrin Chapman

 

 

Kenda to debut its new Ibex front tire at this weekend’s TKO

As announced here on the TKO blog back in May, Kenda Tires  has extended its title sponsorship of the TKO for another three years. So it’s no surprise that Kenda has chosen this weekend’s event to showcase its new Ibex front tire.

See the details on the tire in their announcement posted to their website earlier this week:

 

Kenda Extends Title Sponsorship of Tennessee Knockout; Eighth annual TKO scheduled for August 18-19

Kenda Tires has been the title sponsor of the Tennessee Knockout since the first event in 2011 and has recently extended that partnership for another three years. The Kenda Tennessee Knockout, also known as the TKO, has become one of the premier off-road motorcycle events in the US, attracting the top American and International Extreme Enduro racers. The 2017 podium featured American Cody Webb, the UK’s Graham Jarvis and Spain’s Mario Roman.

“The Tennessee Knockout has been a great partnership for Kenda,” stated Brian Darst, the Powersports Events manager for American Kenda. “Kenda has worked hard to develop some of the best tires available for extreme off-road riding and racing and we were thrilled to be the most popular tire brand chosen by the racers at the 2017 TKO.”

You can learn more about Kenda motorcycle tires here.

The TKO, hosted at the Trials Training Center in Sequatchie, Tennessee, is a two-day event with the top riders pre-qualified into the Sunday racing. Those riders earn an invite based on top results in several major US or International off-road motorcycle series and events. Top-25 finishers from the prior year also earn a spot on the Sunday invite list. On Saturday, those riders that did not already earn an invite can challenge themselves on the course with the top finishers earning their own invite to the Sunday Knockout rounds. And new for 2018, Saturday will serve as the AMA Amateur Grand Championship for Extreme Enduro.

The Sunday racing uses a unique four round Knockout race format that is challenging for the riders and entertaining for the fans. The course layout provides a lot of great spectator locations with some unbelievably challenging terrain for all four Knockout rounds. Mark your calendar for the weekend of August 18-19 to see the worlds best racers face off against the track and each other.