The best Hard Enduro riders in the world will be back to take on the Red Bull Tennessee Knockout at the Trials Training Center on August 11-14. The TKO is round six of the eight-round FIM Hard Enduro World Championship and the top North American riders will be aiming to mix it up with the HEWC regulars. To add to the excitement, the weekend will kick off with a head-to-head Straight Rhythm challenge in downtown Nashville on Thursday, August 11th.
“Last year we got to see an epic battle with Billy Bolt edging out Mani Lettenbichler for the win and Trystan Hart proving that the North American riders can compete on the World stage,” said Eric Peronnard, the TKO co-producer. “It will be great to have all the top riders back at the TKO and the Red Bull Straight Rhythm Enduro event with the top men and women facing off on Broadway Street will be a great way to showcase Hard Enduro to new fans.”
The Red Bull Straight Rhythm Enduro challenge will take place on Broadway Street in downtown Nashville. Sixteen men and four women riders will race head-to-head in pairs in a best two out of three bracket elimination format. The Straight Rhythm Enduro challenge racing is scheduled from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm and will be free for spectators.
The TKO will then kick off at the Trials Training Center in Sequatchie, Tennessee with the amateur class prologue qualifying on Friday and two rounds of amateur class racing on Saturday to determine the AMA Grand Championships for Extreme Off-Road racing. The top 30 amateur riders will also earn a chance to compete with the pre-qualified pro riders on Sunday. Sunday will include four rounds of racing for the pro riders.
Saturday afternoon featured a Prologue Straight Rhythm event for the pro men and pro-women riders. The selected riders competed in quick out and back head-to-head races in a best two out of three bracket format to earn some extra purse money and determine the Sunday morning hot lap starting positions.
Final plans are coming together for the eleventh annual Red Bull Tennessee Knockout (TKO). The Trials Training Center, in Sequatchie, Tennessee will host the event on August 13-15, 2021. The TKO serves as the AMA Grand Championship for Extreme Off-Road and the event is still planned to be part of the FIM Hard Enduro World Championship (HEWC) despite the very challenging global travel restrictions. So, the top riders from around the world will face off against the best North American hard enduro riders for a $10,000 purse
The top riders are automatically qualified into the Sunday pro racing and 400 amateur riders have entered to race on Saturday to compete for the AMA Amateur Grand Championship for Extreme Off-Road. Saturday is a two-round format with some riders qualifying directly into the amateur championship-deciding race two via nine AMA regional events. The top thirty finishers from Saturday earn the opportunity to move on to the Sunday racing to compete with the pre-qualified riders.
Saturday also includes both amateur and pro women’s classes. The amateur women will compete in Saturday race one and the pro-women will compete in Saturday race two and with the winner earning the 2021 AMA Grand Championship #1 plate.
New for 2021, Saturday afternoon will include a Prologue Straight Rhythm event for the pro men and pro-women riders. There will be an additional purse payout for both the men and women. More details to come on this event.
“We have been working hard to make the 2021 Red Bull Tennessee Knockout special,” said Eric Peronnard, co-producer of the Tennessee Knockout. “We have some completely new sections that we will be using for the main event that will challenge the riders and be more exciting for the spectators. We will also add a Prologue Straight Rhythm to the Saturday afternoon schedule for the pro men and pro-women, and that will be an exciting way to cap the Saturday racing.”
The 2021 TKO will again be featured on Red Bull TV with more details to be announced.