Team SRT-Husqvarna (@husqvarnamotorcyclesusa & @srtoffroad) has confirmed that Trystan Hart (@trystanhart_84) and Wally Palmer (@wildwallypalmer) will be competing at the 2018 Kenda Tennessee Knockout this coming weekend. The Team SRT-Husqvarna riders will likely leave an impression on the fans at the 8th annual TKO, which will take place this coming weekend, August 18-19, at the Trials Training Center, in Sequatchie, Tennessee.
Hart burst onto the North American off-road racing scene over the past couple of years with multiple wins at very diverse events. The Canadian is also the current AMA EnduroCross Junior Champion (riders 21 and under) and finished second in the 2017 championship behind Cody Webb. This will be Hart’s first attempt at the Tennessee Knockout but don’t be surprised to see him running at the front.
Palmer has raced most of the past TKO events and is always a crowd favorite. The New Jersey native is well known for hitting difficult obstacles with aggression and throwing in some style for the fans.
Hart and Palmer join a long list of top North American and International riders that includes top American riders Cody Webb, Colton Haaker, Josh Toth, Ben Kelley, Max Gerston and Jordan Ashburn that will face off against Spain’s Mario Roman, South Africa’s Wade Young and Germany’s Manuel Lettenbichler.
The Kenda Tennessee Knockout is already packed with action and multiple rounds of racing. But to add a little more excitement, there will be two Straight Rhythm Last Chance Qualifiers (LCQ) included in the 2018 TKO this coming weekend, August 18-19, in Sequatchie, Tennessee.
A Straight Rhythm LCQ was introduced at the 2017 event and provided a thrilling showdown, allowing one last rider to stay alive. For 2018, a similar LCQ will be added to the Saturday competition.
Thirty top riders from around the world are already qualified directly into the Sunday race action and up to 30 additional riders will qualify on Saturday. At the end of those Saturday qualifiers, four of the riders that just missed the cut will get the opportunity to face off in pairs on a special Straight Rhythm course. The winner will earn the final spot to move on to the Sunday racing. The Kenda Straight Rhythm LCQ will take place just after the Women’s main event on Saturday, around 4:30 PM Central Time.
During the Sunday Knockout rounds, only the top 25 riders continue to round three but again, up to four riders that just missed the cut will get to face off on the Straight Rhythm course and the winner will move on.