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ECR eMoto Class Back for Third Year at the 2024 Red Bull Tennessee Knockout; Surron becomes a TKO presenting sponsor

The ECR eMoto (Electric Motorcycle) class was introduced at the 2022 Red Bull Tennessee Knockout (TKO) and has rapidly grown in popularity. Twenty-six riders competed in year one and that number jumped to thirty-eight riders in 2023 when eMoto was recognized as an AMA Grand Championship class. The ECR eMoto class will be back again in 2024 as an AMA Grand Championship class and the format will again provide a path for electric motorcycles to earn their way into the Sunday TKO final. Canadian Spenser Wilton came up just short of qualifying for the final, riding an Electric Motion last year.

For 2024, Surron motorcycles has increased their involvement to become a TKO presenting sponsor with the goal to further expand the participation level and build awareness for how capable and fun electric motorcycles are. Nearly half of the ECR eMoto participants raced a Surron motorcycle at the 2023 TKO and hundreds of riders got to test ride a Surron on the free demo course. The free electric motorcycle demo rides will be back again in 2024 and open to anybody that wants to give one of the bikes a test ride.

The popular electric bike demo rides will be back again at the 2024 TKO event. Hundreds of riders test rode Surron and Electric Motion electric bikes at the 2023 event.

The ECR eMoto AMA Grand Championship will include three rounds of racing, starting with a hot lap on Friday to set the Saturday morning starting order. On Saturday morning, the eMoto riders will compete in a qualification race. Up to the top fifteen riders that complete the course in two and a half hours will qualify to compete in the Sunday championship race, which will utilize the tougher pro course.

Thirty-eight riders competed in the ECR eMoto class at the 2023 Red Bull Tennessee Knockout. There will again be an AMA Grand Championship #1 plate on the line for the eMoto class in 2024. Photo Brandon Krause.

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 (but no 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.

The 2024 Red Bull Tennessee Knockout will again be a three-day format with a Prologue on Friday to set amateur racer starting positions followed by two rounds of amateur racing on Saturday and a multi round Sunday competition for the pro riders, which will include the top thirty finishers from Saturday.

Riders can enter the 2024 Red Bull Tennessee Knockout here.

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.

eMoto Confirmed as AMA Grand Championship Class for 2023 Red Bull Tennessee Knockout

The inaugural ECR eMoto (Electric Motorcycle) race at the 2022 Red Bull Tennessee Knockout was a huge success. Twenty-six riders attempted the Friday hot-lap and twenty-four riders took on the full TKO loop one on Saturday morning with seventeen riders completing the full course in the two-hour time limit.

The top six eMoto qualifiers lined up for the start of the 2022 Red Bull Tennessee Knockout

Due to the enthusiastic response from the racers and manufacturers, the AMA has confirmed that the ECR eMoto class will be included as a Grand Championship class for the 2023 Red Bull Tennessee Knockout.

“We were really happy to see how much excitement we had for the ECR eMoto race at the 2022 TKO,” said Eric Peronnard, co-producer of the Red Bull Tennessee Knockout. “A lot of people were surprised at how capable and fun the electric bikes proved to be on the tough course. We had seven manufacturers represented and over twenty-five riders racing last year and we look forward to more aiming for the AMA number 1 plate in 2023.”

The ECR eMoto AMA Grand Championship will include three rounds of racing, starting with a hot lap on Friday to set the Saturday morning starting order. On Saturday morning, the eMoto riders will compete in a qualification race. Up to the top twenty riders that complete the course in two and a half hours will qualify to compete in the Sunday championship race, which will utilize a tougher course.

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.

The 2023 Red Bull Tennessee Knockout will again be a three-day format with a Prologue on Friday to set amateur racer starting positions followed by two rounds of amateur racing on Saturday and a multi round Sunday competition for the pro riders, which will include the top thirty finishers from Saturday.

Amateur riders are encouraged to enter the TKO before the early-bird entry discount ends. Riders can enter here.

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

At the inaugural TKO eMoto race, Hawaii’s Sam Bird (center) raced an Electric Motion to beat JoJo Toole (right) to take the win. Toole was riding a prototype XE4 conversion that utilized a Yamaha YZ250F motocross chassis. Jason Smith rounded out the podium on another Electric Motion

eMoto Class Created for 2022 Red Bull Tennessee Knockout Hard Enduro; separate class open to all electric motorcycle manufacturers

The Red Bull Tennessee Knockout (TKO) has teamed up with the eMoto content creators at Electric Cycle Rider (ECR) to announce the first-ever eMoto class at the 2022 TKO on August 12-14 in Sequatchie, TN.

“The interest in electric motorcycles is growing around the world and we want to showcase the capabilities of the latest versions from several manufacturers at the premier Hard Enduro event in North America,” said Eric Peronnard, the co-producer of the Red Bull Tennessee Knockout.

The all-electric class, named ECR eMoto, will compete on an approximately 14-mile-long course that features challenging obstacles on Saturday morning, starting immediately following the last of the amateur riders. The single race will decide the ECR eMoto class championship but any ECR eMoto participant that completes the course within the 2.5-hour time limit will be eligible to compete in the TKO Amateur race two on Saturday afternoon (riders will need to compete on the same motorcycle).

The ECR eMoto class will be an open format that will allow production electric motorcycles of all power levels with a minimum rear wheel size of 16 inches. Riders of all skill levels that are 16 years of age and older will be eligible to enter the ECR eMoto class.

Registration is open now and will be limited to the first 40 riders.

Riders will need a current AMA membership to register for any TKO class. Click here to enter.