Rieju (@Rieju_USA), the Spanish motorcycle brand, has a long history in off-road motorcycle racing and has attracted some top US and International Hard Enduro riders in recent years. Spain’s Alfredo Gomez (@alfredogomez89) and American Quinn Wentzel (@quinn_wentzel) will be taking on the thirteenth annual Red Bull Tennessee Knockout on the Rieju MR300 two-stroke.
Gomez has been one of the top Hard Enduro racers for more than a decade. He has won multiple big Hard Enduro events including the Erzbergrodeo, Hixpania Hard Enduro, and Last Dog Standing in the US. He was the Junior Trials World champion in 2011, and he puts his Trials skills to good use in Hard Enduro.
Wentzel also started in Trials competition and won the US Expert championship in 2015 before moving over to the US Hard Enduro scene. The Ohio native has been one of the top American Hard Enduro racers for several years now and he joined the US Rieju team in 2021. He has consistently qualified for the TKO main events over the years.
Central Powersports Distribution, the US importer for Rieju will be providing technical support at the TKO event. Rieju racers can visit the Rieju pit area for spare parts, tech support, water and snacks. You can learn more about Rieju motorcycles here.
If you are coming to race or coming to watch, check out the Electric Bike demo ride area. Surron and Electric Motion will have electric bikes that you can test ride.
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.
Quinn Wentzel (@quinn_wentzel), a multi-time Kenda Tennessee Knockout top ten finisher, has confirmed that he will be competing again at the 2018 TKO. The Husqvarna backed Hard Enduro, EnduroCross and Pro Trials competitor from Ohio has finished at the front of several Hard Enduro events in 2018, including a win at the Groundhog, 3rd at the Bad Medicine at Fallen Timbers, 5th at the Mad Moose and 9th at the King of the Motos. Wentzel also won the Battle of the Goats in 2017. Wentzel finished 9th at the 2017 TKO and will be aiming to improve on that this coming weekend.
Wentzel will join a long list of top North American and International riders that includes Cody Webb, Colton Haaker, Josh Toth, Ben Kelley, Trystan Hart, Wally Palmer and Jordan Ashburn that will face off against Spain’s Mario Roman, South Africa’s Wade Young and Germany’s Manuel Lettenbichler.
Quinn Wentzel (@quinn_wentzel) is confirmed for the 2017 Kenda Tennessee Knockout. Wentzel, 23, a Pro Mototrials rider, Pro Extreme Enduro rider and Pro EnduroCross rider, of Canfield, Ohio has been a consistent front-runner at the TKO. He has qualified for the elite, fifteen-rider main event three of the past four years.
Wentzel will be aboard a Beaver Creek Cycle/Husqvarna-sponsored 300cc two-stroke for this year’s race. He is looking forward to the ever-present challenge the Tennessee Knockout offers and hoping to top his 2016 10th place finish.
Look for more top riders to be confirmed in these last few weeks before the event.