Mike Brown Confirmed for 2012 KENDA Tennessee Knockout and X Games Riders Invited
X Games Gold Medalist Will Be Back To Defend His TKO Title
Sequatchie, TN (July 12, 2012) – FMF KTM’s Mike Brown said that the 2011 KENDA Tennessee Knockout was one of the toughest events he has ever raced. And he was the winner so you know it was even more difficult for the rest of the pack. The Tennessee native plans to be back for the second annual TKO scheduled to take place on September 1st and 2nd during the Labor Day holiday weekend. The multi round Knockout format provides for great spectating and tough racing conditions.
The $10,000 pro purse will certainly attract a large list of top riders to challenge Brown and all X Games Enduro X riders have been added to the list of pre-qualified riders. The pre-qualified riders earn a free entry into the Sunday Knockout rounds. The 50-60 riders will first complete a single lap on the “short” course against the clock. They will then follow that up with a lap around the long course (approximately one hour lap time); again against the clock and only the top 25 riders will move on to Knockout round two. Five groups of five riders will then compete head to head on the long course, with a few more challenging sections added, and only the top three from each group will move on to the fifteen rider main event. The fifteen riders in the main will compete in a multi lap race in the “Stadium” section of the Trials Training Center facility. Racers and fans can expect some of the most extreme motorcycle racing conditions ever witnessed.
The following X Games Enduro X riders have now been added to the pre-qualified rider list. For a list of the riders already invited, please click here: http://tennesseeknockoutenduro.com/press-release-for-tko-2012/
- Kevin Rookstool
- Cory Graffunder
- Graham Jarvis
- Andreas Lettenbichler
- Steward Baylor
- Taichi Tanaka
- Alfredo Gomez
- Ivan Ramirez
- Chris Bruand
- Alex Salvini
- Max Gerston
- Kendall Norman
- Fred Crosset
- Ben Rego
- Ryan Rodgers
Unqualified Expert/Pro 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 four round Knockout format.
Here is a peak at some of the action from the 2011 event: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iB6461AFVHk
For more information about the 2012 KENDA AMA Tennessee Knockout, fueled by Monster Energy, please visit: http://tennesseeknockoutenduro.com/