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ECR eMoto Updated Race Format and Demo Rides Confirmed for 2023 Red Bull TKO; Electric bike AMA Grand Championship

The 2023 Red Bull Tennessee Knockout will include the second annual ECR eMoto race for electric motorcycles. With an AMA Grand Championship number one plate on the line, we can expect an increase in the number of racers and electric motorcycle manufacturers participating. In addition to the racing, there will be an electric motorcycle demo area to allow people the opportunity to try out an electric bike for themselves.

Electric Cycle Rider (ECR) returns as the eMoto class title sponsor again for 2023.

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Hawaii’s Sam Bird raced an Electric Motion to take the win in the inaugural ECR eMoto race at the 2022 Red Bull Tennessee Knockout. For 2023, there will be an AMA Grand Championship number one plate on the line. Photo by Rocks, Roots and Mud.

The 2023 eMoto race format will include four races starting with the Hot-Lap on Friday afternoon to set the starting positions for a Saturday morning qualification race on the “long course” (approximately 10-12 miles). The top ten finishers on Saturday morning will move directly to the Sunday morning ECR eMoto main event.

The eleventh to fourteenth place finishers on Saturday morning will be invited to a Last Chance Qualifier race on Saturday afternoon. That LCQ will take place on the straight rhythm course with the four riders racing in head-to-head elimination races with the winner earning the final spot in the eleven-rider final for Sunday morning.

JoJo Toole raced a prototype XE4 electric bike to second place at the 2022 TKO eMoto race. The rider from Arkansas led most of the race but gave up the lead to Bird just before the finish. Photo by Rocks, Roots and Mud.

The Sunday final will take off after the pro racers and compete on the “long course” (approximately 10-12 miles long) and will determine AMA Grand Championship for the eMoto class.

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.

If you want to try out an electric motorcycle for yourself, there will be an electric motorcycle demo ride area at the Red Bull Tennessee Knockout. SUR-RON has already confirmed that they will have demo bikes and additional manufacturers are expected to have bikes at the TKO to test ride.

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The 2023 Red Bull Tennessee Knockout will take place at the Trials Training Center on August 18-20, 2023. There are still entries available for the Saturday amateur classes, including the ECR eMoto class. Click here to enter.

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

2022 Red Bull Tennessee Knockout Preview; The world’s best taking on the Tennessee Hard Enduro

The 2022 Red Bull Tennessee Knockout will host most of the best Hard Enduro Riders in the world this week at the Trials Training Center, in Sequatchie, Tennessee.

The event is round six of the FIM Hard Enduro World Championship and the AMA Grand Championship for amateur Extreme Enduro. Manni Lettenbichler, Graham Jarvis, Mario Roman, and Wade Young will be among the international riders facing off against some of the best North American riders including Trystan Hart, Cody Webb, Ryder LeBlond, and Jordan Ashburn.

Many of those top riders will kick the weekend off at the Red Bull Straight Rhythm Enduro Prologue on Thursday evening on Broadway Street in downtown Nashville. The course will include urban-inspired obstacles on the iconic street. Sixteen male and four female riders will race in an exciting bracket elimination format in head-to-head pairs. This will be free to the public and run from 7:00 to 10:00 PM CST.  

The riders and fans then reconvene at the Trials Training Center on Friday, August 12th for the amateur class AOMC Hot-Lap qualifying before two rounds of amateur class racing on Saturday to determine the AMA Grand Championships for Extreme Off-Road racing. The ECR eMoto (Electric Motorcycle) class will be part of the Saturday morning racing. The top 30 riders on Saturday will earn the opportunity to compete with the top pro riders that are pre-qualified directly to the Sunday racing. 

The Pro Women will be competing for an AMA Grand Championship #1 plate on Saturday and a few may qualify for Sunday.

Sunday will begin with sixty-plus riders competing in four rounds of racing. Riders will be eliminated in rounds two and three to narrow the field to the top 20 riders in the main event. The riders, including the women, will be fighting for their share of a $20,000 purse, making it one of the largest payouts for off-road motorcycle racing. 

Prequalified riders:  
Manuel Lettenbichler, Germany
Trystan Hart, Canada
Mario Roman, Spain
Graham Jarvis, United Kingdon
Wade Young, South Africa
Cody Webb, United States
Alfredo Gomez, Spain
Ryder LeBlond, United States
Taddy Blazusiak, Poland
Teodor Kabakchiev, Bulgaria
Jordan Ashburn, United States
Tim Apolle, Germany
Pat Smage, United States
Cory Graffunder, Canada
Keith Curtis, United States
David Cyprian, Czech Republic
Dominik Olszowy, Poland
Nick Fahringer, United States
Logan Bolopue, United States
James Flynn, United States
Norbert Zsigovits, Hungary
Ramon Bregoli Italy
Moret Francesc, Spain
David Garza, Mexico
Branden Petrie, Canada
Suff Sela, Israel
Mitch Carvolth, United States
David Knight, United Kingdon
Quinn Wentzel, United States
Casey Satterfield, United States
Adam Hartnagel, United States
George Kowalski, United States
Chris Satterfield, United States
Marc Fernandez, Spain

Manni Lettenbichler won the 2019 TKO, and will be aiming to close the points gap with Mario Roman in the Hard Enduro World Championship. Photo: Future7Media.
Sherco’s Mario Roman is leading the Hard Enduro World Championship points standings coming into the Red Bull Tennessee Knockout. Photo: Future7Media.
Cody Webb won the TKO six years straight. You can’t count him out for a win despite the fact that he is returning from an injury. Photo: Future7Media.
Canadian Trystan Hart earned a podium at Erzberg and a fourth-place finish at Romaniacs. He took his first major US Hard Enduro win at the 2020 TKO. Photo: Future7Media.
The seemingly ageless Graham Jarvis finished second at his one TKO appearance in 2017. A win at the 2022 Red Bull Romaniacs Hard Enduro proved again that he is always a threat to win, especially in tough conditions. Photo: Future7Media.

AMA’s new Extreme Off-Road State Championship Series serves as a qualifier for the 2018 TKO

Last November, the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) announced their new AMA Extreme Off-Road State Championships series for 2018.

Extreme Off-Road is the AMA’s name for “a specialized form of racing that tests a rider’s skill and their machine’s capabilities over the most challenging terrain that each venue has to offer.” They have designated our Kenda AMA Tennessee Knockout Extreme Enduro as the AMA Grand National Championship for Extreme Off-Road. (The AMA’s Grand Championships are stand-alone events that crown the country’s best amateur racers in various disciplines.)

In 2018, riders will not only be crowned AMA Extreme Off-Road State Champions at each of four regional events. They will also have the chance to qualify for the 2018 TKO on August 18-19 at the TTC, both for the Amateur round on Saturday and for the PRO round on Sunday. Here are the AMA supplemental rules for qualifying:

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