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Kenda Returns as Official Tire of the 2021 Tennessee Knockout

Kenda has been a partner with the Tennessee Knockout (TKO) since the inaugural event in 2011. At that time, a small fraction of the competitors used Kenda tires, but the brand continued to develop and market new tires aimed at extreme off-road, and in 2020, a whopping 52% of the competitors raced on Kenda tires. While Red Bull has taken over the title sponsorship position to help grow the event and increase the exposure worldwide via Red Bull TV, Kenda will continue as the presenting sponsor and official tire of the Red Bull Tennessee Knockout.

“The Tennessee Knockout has become one of the premier off-road motorcycle events in the US and we are happy to continue to help extreme off-road motorcycle racing grow in popularity,” said Jason Baldwin, Director of Powersports at Kenda. “We are proud to have so many of the extreme off-road racers choose Kenda and the new Knarly tire is winning at the top level with Cody Webb and the Sherco team. We are happy to provide the tires that help riders get through the tough stuff.”

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

You can learn more about Kenda tires here.

Cody Webb and the FactoryOne Sherco team count on Kenda tires. Webb will be aiming for his seventh TKO win in 2021. Photo: Shan Moore

Kenda tires available on-site during the 2020 TKO

TKO sponsor Kenda Tires will be on-site again this year with a selection of enduro tires and miscellaneous services. Here are the details from Kenda’s Tim Anderson:

Kenda tires will be available at the TKO in Sequatchie TN again this year. With Kenda’s new expanded Extreme Enduro tire line-up, your choice is huge. Unless you have been living under a rock, Cody Webb has been killing it in the extreme enduro circuit on his Sherco with the new Knarly. The Ibex is still a great tire too, with expanded size availability. The Gauntlet offers the new Knarly tread pattern in a slightly different compound. TrackSide Support LLC will be the on-site vendor. We plan to be changing tires from Friday morning through the entire weekend.

This year we will have Nitro Mousse soft mousses available too, along with the Tubliss system. In addition, we have a fairly extensive line of hard parts and Kenda tubes, in case your weekend doesn’t go as planned.

If you would like to reserve tires in advance, you can call 248-431-7506 before 10 PM EST or email at reservetires@msn.com.

AOMC Returns as Kenda Tennessee Knockout Partner for 2019; Presenting sponsor for the Women’s class and Amateur Prologue

AOMC (Appalachian Offroad Motorcycle Company) is one of the premier motorcycle dealerships and parts/accessories/gear suppliers in the country. The West Virginia based company became a Kenda Tennessee Knockout partner in 2018 and will ramp up their involvement for 2019. They will again be the presenting sponsor for the Women’s class and new for 2019, AOMC will be the presenting sponsor for the Friday afternoon Amateur Prologue.

The Trials Training Center provides some epic terrain for an Extreme Enduro and much of it is easily accessed for viewing. Photo: Darrin Chapman.

The 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 Prologue will provide riders the opportunity to earn their Saturday starting positions. The course will be designed to produce a lap time in the 3-5 minute range and be challenging enough to allow the best riders to earn the best starting positions. The Amateur Prologue will be for both the AMA Grand Championship pre-qualified riders (to set their starting position for Saturday race two) and riders entered in the TKO amateur class to determine their starting positions for Saturday race one. Any riders that do not participate in the prologue will be lined up after those that participate in the prologue based on their sign up order.

“We are happy to expand our involvement with the TKO,” said Jamin Jones, the AOMC CEO. “The popularity of Extreme Enduro events has grown rapidly over the past few years and the TKO has proven to be a great event for both riders and spectators.”

You can learn more about Appalachian Offroad Motorcycle Company (AOMC) here.

After the Friday afternoon AOMC 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 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: