Cody Webb injured his hand and knee during the prologue at the recent Erzberg Rodeo and spent nine weeks on the couch leading up to the Tennessee Knockout. The Red Bull KTM rider only got back on the bike the Tuesday before the race. Fearing he might not have enough energy to sprint all day, Webb took it easy in the two knockout races held before the 30-minute final. He also paced himself during the first few laps of the final, before kicking it up a notch with three laps to go. Shan Moore
Having just returned to action after spending nine weeks off the bike recovering from injury, Red Bull KTM’s Cody Webb topped some of the best extreme racers in the world en route to his sixth-straight title at the AMA Tennessee Knockout Extreme Enduro. Webb topped fellow Red Bull KTM factory rider Manual Lettenbichler of Germany by 1:28.186 to win the 30-minute final, with Sherco factory rider Mario Roman of Spain in third. South African Wade Young, who was fresh off of a win at this year’s Red Bull Romaniacs race, finished in fourth, while Rockstar Energy Husqvarna’s Colton Haaker rounding out the top five. Here’s a look at the race thanks to photographer Shan Moore.
This year was Manuel Lettenbichler’s first trip to the TKO, and the German KTM pilot told Dirt Rider he was amazed at the number of spectators who lined the course. Lettenbichler worked his way past Mario Roman with two laps to go in the final to claim second overall. Shan Moore Mario Roman ran in second place for the first three-fourths of the race. The factory Sherco rider said he ran out of energy with the race winding down and gave way to Lettenbichler in the closing laps to finish third. Shan Moore 2018 Tennessee Knockout Results
Sherco factory racer Wade Young said he lost the race on the second lap when he crashed and spent too much energy rejoining the race. The South African, who won the recent Romaniacs Hard Enduro, finished fourth at TKO. Shan Moore Colton Haaker finished fifth, a performance the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna rider called his best-ever performance at the Tennessee Knockout. Shan Moore Trail Jester’s/KTM Racing’s Ben Kelley finished ninth in the final knockout after a challenging day of racing. Kelley was riding the 2019 KTM 300 XC-W TPI. Shan Moore FMF KTM Factory Racing’s Josh Toth attempted to fight through an illness that eventually dropped him out of competition after knockout race 1. Toth was eighth fastest hot-lap time and 11th in knockout race 1 before making the tough decision to end his day early due to an illness. Shan Moore Despite throwing his chain in the final, Beta USA’s Jordan Ashburn finished a respectable eighth. Shan Moore Trystan Hart turned in a great performance on the slippery Tennessee rocks that slotted the EnduroCross rider into sixth in the final standings. Shan Moore Chile’s Benjamin Herrera Ried finished eleventh on a Beta. Shan Moore Josh Rooken-Smith was 17th fastest in the hot lap. Shan Moore Webb was excited to win a sixth TKO final. “It’s crazy to think I’ve won six of these races,” Webb said. “Right now I don’t feel so good, but tonight it will feel awesome. I’m just so happy to see how many spectators and how many riders we had. I love this type of racing and I’m pleased to see it has a big following.” Shan Moore