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.
The West Virginia based company has partnered with the Kenda Tennessee Knockout to provide an increased purse for the Women’s class for 2018. The women will be aiming for an AMA Grand Championship #1 plate and a $2,000 purse. The winner will take home $1,000. The top three finishers will also earn the opportunity to compete in Sunday’s pro class.
Indiana’s Rachel Gutish (@rachel_gutfish) won the women’s class in 2015 and 2016 and California’s Morgan Tanke (@mtanke31) took the number one plate in 2017. A lot more women have already signed up for 2018 so it should be an exciting event. The women will compete in a Saturday morning qualification round and then their main event will take place on the short course on Saturday afternoon.
“We are really excited about getting involved with the Tennessee Knockout,” said Jamin Jones, the AOMC CEO. “We have heard a lot of great feedback about the TKO from our customers and feel that it is a great event to help grow the interest in Extreme Offroad racing in the US.”
The eighth annual Tennessee Knockout (TKO) will take place on the weekend of August 18-19 with the amateur riders chasing the AMA Grand Championship on Saturday and the pro riders competing on Sunday. The TKO has become one of the premier off-road events in the United States, attracting the top US and international riders. The 2017 TKO podium included American Cody Webb, the UK’s Graham Jarvis and Spain’s Mario Roman.