KTM confirms Kelley and Lettenbichler to Compete in 2019 Kenda Tennessee Knockout; GNCC XC2 champion and Red Bull Romaniacs winner ready to tackle TKO

FMF KTM’s Cody Webb (@codywebb2), the six-time winner of the Kenda Tennessee Knockout, will miss the 2019 TKO while he recovers from a knee injury. But the FMF KTM (@ktmfactoryracing) team will be well-represented with Ben Kelley (@benkelley530) riding his Trail Jesters KTM Racing Team (@trailjesters) mount. The team will also host Manuel Lettenbichler (@m_letti304), the young German rider that finished second at the 2018 TKO. Both riders will be competing on 300 XC-W TPI two-strokes when the ninth annual TKO invades the Trials Training Center on August 16-18.

Ben Kelley has dominated the GNCC XC2 class for the past two seasons but is also strong at Extreme Enduro Events.
Ben Kelley will be aiming for his first TKO podium finish.

Kelley was the surprise of the 2016 TKO when he earned a spot in Sunday’s competition by winning the Saturday amateur race. He then finished a strong fourth in Sunday’s main against a stacked field of better-known riders. He went on to join the Trail Jesters KTM team and won the 2018 GNCC XC2 championship and is currently undefeated in the 2019 title chase. It would not be a surprise to see the youngster from Connecticut win at the 2019 TKO.

Manny Lettenbichler finished second at his first TKO in 2018. He just won the 2019 Red Bull Romaniacs to go along with a win at the Machette Hard Enduro in the Dominican Republic and a runner up finish at the 2019 Erzberg Rodeo.
Manny Lettenbichler finished second at the 2018 TKO.

Manuel Lettenbichler is one of the stars of international Extreme Enduro racing. The twenty-one-year-old German has learned a lot from his father, Andreas, who was one of the pioneers of Extreme Enduro competition. “Manny” has several major wins and podium finishes to his credit, including a win at the 2019 Red Bull Romaniacs to go along with a win at the Machete Hard Enduro in the Dominican Republic and a second-place finish at this year’s Erzberg Rodeo. Lettenbichler finished second to Webb in 2018 so he will be one to watch.

Beta Confirms Gerston, Gutish and Tanke for 2019 Kenda Tennessee Knockout; A strong team of riders aiming for TKO podiums

Beta USA (@betausa) has confirmed that three of their team riders will be competing at the 2019 Kenda Tennessee Knockout. Max Gerston (@maxgerston) will be competing in the men’s pro class while Rachel Gutish (@rachel_gutfish) and Morgan Tanke (@mtanke31) will be competing in the Women’s class. The TKO has become the premier American Extreme Enduro and will serve as the AMA Grand Championship for Extreme Enduro competition. The ninth annual TKO will take place at the Trials Training Center in Sequatchie, Tennessee on August 16-18.

Gerston is a longtime Beta USA factory rider that has won the AMA West Hare Scrambles championship to go along with several top finishes in EnduroCross and major Extreme Enduro events. His best TKO finish so far is a fourth place so he will be anxious to earn a podium finish in 2019.

Gutish has won the AOMC Women’s class at the TKO two times in the past in addition to multiple EnduroCross main event wins and is a regular top finisher in GNCC and other off-road events. She will be facing the largest Women’s field yet as there are already sixteen women entered for 2019.

Tanke has also been a longtime Beta team rider and has multiple EnduroCross main event wins to her credit along with a win at the 2017 TKO in the Women’s class. The Riverside, California native has proven her versatility with top finishes in several types of races.

Colton Haaker Confirmed for 2019 Tennessee Knockout; Defending EnduroCross and Super Enduro champion looking for a TKO win

Rockstar Husqvarna Factory Racing (@rockstarhusky)-backed Colton Haaker (@coltonhaaker), is a two-time and current AMA EnduroCross champion and also a two-time and current FIM Super Enduro Champion. He has a huge following due to his amazing motorcycle skills regularly shared via social media and in his Rare Exception movie released earlier this year. Haaker has also won the King of the Motos to prove that he can be competitive outdoors as well but has yet to finish on the podium at his six previous attempts at the TKO. He will be looking to change that when the 2019 edition takes place at the Trials Training Center on August 16-18.

“I am looking forward to the TKO this year,” said Colton Haaker. “With Cody Webb unable to attend, I feel like I might actually have a chance at winning. I’m going to give it all I’ve got”.

Several top American and International riders are again expected to compete at the 2019 TKO. More riders will be confirmed in the coming weeks.

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.