Baylor finished a strong third at the 2014 TKO and now as a member of the KENDA-backed AmPro Yamaha team, he is looking forward to the 2015 event. “In 2013, I made the main and learned a lot” said Baylor. “I put in a lot of hard work and that helped me get a good result in 2014. I love riding the rocky terrain and it is nice to do a one off event with no points on the line and just let it all hang out there.”
Jordan Ashburn is a Tennessee native and he has competed in all four previous TKO events. The longtime AmPro Yamaha rider has shown great speed but will be looking for his first TKO podium in 2015.
Daniel Milner is an Australian transplant spending his first season racing in the US. He recently took a big win at the KENDA Full Gas Sprint Enduro series by outdueling Kailub Russell, the current GNCC Champion. This will be Milner’s first attempt at the TKO.
Cody Webb will be back to defend his TKO title and Great Britain’s Jonny Walker has confirmed he will be competing in his first TKO along with the AmPro Yamaha team riders. Look for more top riders to be confirmed as we close in on the event.
Paul Whibley and Jordan Ashburn are two of the hottest riders in the GNCC series and both have confirmed that they will be back to compete in the 2012 KENDA Tennessee Knockout. Whibley, the current GNCC Championship point’s leader and 2009 champion finished fifth in the 2011 TKO and proved to be a contender in the “Extreme Enduro” conditions found at the Trials Training Center.
Jordan Ashburn, the former GNCC XC-2 Champion from Tennessee rode incredibly strong last year to finish sixth at the TKO.
“The KENDA Tennessee Knockout is a really tough event and Paul’s incredible fitness will allow him to compete for the win and Jordan is excited to compete in his home state again” stated Randy Hawkins, the AmPro Yamaha team owner and off-road racing legend. “They both learned a lot by competing last year and expect to fight for the win”.
Sequatchie, TN (June 28, 2011) – Paul Whibley has proven his toughness on a motorcycle with multiple OMA championships and the 2009 GNCC championship. So you can be assured that the AmPro Yamaha team rider will be a threat to win the inaugural Kenda Tennessee Knockout, fueled by Monster Energy event at the Trials Training Center on August 28th. A multi round “Knockout” format and challenging terrain will make this a great spectator event as it test the riders skills and endurance in this new “American Extreme Enduro”.
Originally from New Zealand, Whibley has competed in America for the past several years and has a reputation for coming on strong at the end of long, tough off road events. That should serve him well in the Knockout format as the riders will compete in four different types of events both against the clock and head to head and only the top 10 riders will qualify for the final round to determine the Kenda Tennessee Knockout winner. “This sounds like a very challenging format and I am looking forward to testing myself against some riders I don’t often get to compete with” stated Paul Whibley.
The 2011 Kenda Tennessee Knockout event will feature Expert racing on Sunday, August 28th. Amateur riders will get the opportunity to compete on much of the same course on Saturday, August 27th and the top finishers will have the opportunity to advance to the Sunday Expert finals with free entries.