American Hard Enduro’s (@americanhardenduro) Drew Kirby (@dkirby228) and TKO co-producer Sean Finley (@seanmfinley) did a podcast this week to review some TKO history, the latest schedule, confirmed riders, and format changes for the 2023 Red Bull Tennessee Knockout.
If you are a fan of Hard Enduro or racing the TKO yourself, you will enjoy this one. Check it out on the following podcast platforms or wherever you get your podcasts:
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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.
The Trials Training Center in Sequatchie, Tennessee will host the sixth annual KENDA Tennessee Knockout on the weekend of August 20–21, 2016. The event has become one of the premier off-road motorcycle races in the United States, attracting some of the best racers from around the world.
Tennessee’s Mike Brown won the first two KENDA Tennessee Knockout events and California’s Cody Webb took the title in 2013, 2014 and 2015. In 2015, Webb had an epic battle with Great Britain’s Jonny Walker to take the win. Walker is arguably the world’s best Extreme Enduro racer so it was a big win for Webb. Walker said that he enjoyed the challenge and vowed to be back with his Red Bull KTM to take on Webb again in 2016. You can expect that these two riders will be joined by a large group of top off-road racers looking to conquer the tough conditions at the TKO.
The 2016 event will take place just one week prior to the AMA EnduroCross event in nearby Atlanta. So it is expected that more of the top EnduroCross riders from the west will be able to make the long trip to the east coast to compete in both events. The expert riders will again be competing for a $10,000 purse.
The top off-road racers from around the world will be invited to compete and amateur riders can race on Saturday with the top finishers earning the opportunity to move on to the Sunday Expert Knockout rounds. On Sunday, the riders will compete in a very tough and spectator friendly multi-round format.
Cody Webb came out on top of an epic battle with Jonny Walker to take the 2015 KENDA Tennessee Knockout win. Photo: Larry Mayo:
Jonny Walker has been almost unbeatable in 2015 but had to settle for second at the Tennessee Knockout. He said he will be back looking for a win in 2016. Photo: Larry Mayo.
Taylor Robert had a solid day, setting the fastest time in two of the Knockout rounds but an early mistake in the main event took him out of contention for the win. But he recovered to round out the podium. Photo: Ryan Brehob.
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.