- Red Bull TKO
Hard Enduro heads stateside for round six of the FIM Hard Enduro World Championship this coming weekend at Red Bull TKO in Tennessee, USA. With the fight for this year’s world title in full swing, the Trials Training Centre in Sequatchie is set to play a pivotal role in the outcome of the 2022 season.
Sherco Factory Racing’s Mario Roman is back leading the championship standings, growing stronger and more consistent with each passing round. Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Manuel Lettenbichler is just three points behind in second. And with Jarvis Racing Team’s Graham Jarvis only 13 points behind Roman following his historic win at round five’s Red Bull Romaniacs, it’s all to play for.
Hard Enduro goes Stateside for Red Bull TKO
Sherco’s Mario Roman leads the HEWC championship
Red Bull TKO marks the first of two North American stops for FIM Hard Enduro
With the dust barely settled on round five at Red Bull Romaniacs in Romania, it’s already time for Hard Enduro to travel to the USA for round six of the FIM Hard Enduro World Championship. Just under 12 months ago, Red Bull TKO put on an incredible weekend of Hard Enduro action at the Trials Training Centre in Sequatchie, Tennessee and now it’s time for the series to visit once again!
Red Bull TKO meets Nashville
To bring our sport even closer to a wider audience, a Straight Rhythm promotion event will be held on Broadway Street in the heart of downtown Nashville. Our Hard Enduro legends of Jarvis, Lettenbichler, Roman, and Trystan Hart among others will go head-to-head, to tune in the crowd for the Red Bull TKO on the weekend. It’s one not to miss.
From Nashville it’s back to Sequatchie and the business end of round six at Red Bull TKO. Friday afternoon and Saturday will see amateur competitors tackle a series of qualifiers as they aim to secure a place in Sunday’s feature races.
An intense day of racing will follow on Sunday as the world’s best Hard Enduro competitors are put through their paces. A unique race format to the series, Red Bull TKO features a series of knockout style races with riders always under pressure to advance to the next round.
A 45-minute-long multi-lap final will determine the winner. With the combination of multiple races, an intense course filled with many boulders, and the high humidity in Tennessee, round six packs a mighty punch.
Roman looks to build points lead in USA
Entering round six with the championship lead back in his grasp, Sherco Factory Racing’s Mario Roman will be fired up for victory. He knows this race will be a pivotal moment in the season and a win in Tennessee would prove decisive in establishing a firm points lead. Roman has form and experience here having finished on the Red Bull TKO podium in recent years.
In 2021, Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Manuel Lettenbichler was denied victory by Billy Bolt (Husqvarna). The German shadowed his close rival across the line for second and so will naturally be seeking redemption this time around. Already a three-time race winner in 2022, Mani is riding on top form.
Jarvis Racing Team’s Graham Jarvis once again rewrote the history books by taking his seventh Red Bull Romaniacs win at round five. The Husqvarna rider is now hungry to add to his 2022 win tally. Supreme in the trials-like terrain that Red Bull TKO is known for, he will be a danger man for the top step of the podium.
So too will FMF KTM Factory Racing’s Trystan Hart. The Canadian is a former winner of the event and placed on the podium in 2021 alongside Bolt and Lettenbichler. As the North American Hard Enduro champion, Hart will be eager to mix it with his European rivals in Tennessee.
Team Bulgaria powered by ECONT’s Teodor Kabakchiev is quietly racing his way into contention for an end of season podium result. Runner-up to Jarvis in Romania was easily the defining moment of his young career to date. Expect more from the Bulgarian in America.
GASGAS’ Michael Walkner is also another rider on the move. The Austrian impressed at round five, fighting for a podium result. He has a strong background in trials and will look to put those skills to excellent use.
Sherco’s Cody Webb makes a return from injury to race Red Bull TKO following a broken wrist. Webb’s name is synonymous with the event having dominated it for six years straight from 2013, while taking down names like Jarvis, Roman, Lettenbichler, and Jonny Walker along the way. Although not quite back up to full speed, Webb will still push for a good result.
Round six of the FIM Hard Enduro World Championship takes place at Red Bull TKO on August 11-14.
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Championship Standings (After round 5)
1. Mario Roman (Sherco) 73pts; 2. Manuel Lettenbichler (KTM) 70pts; 3. Billy Bolt (Husqvarna) 62pts; 4. Graham Jarvis (Husqvarna) 60pts; 5. Teodor Kabakchiev (KTM) 52pts; 6. Michael Walkner (GASGAS) 49pts; 7. Alfredo Gomez (GASGAS) 47pts; 8. David Cyprian (KTM) 39pts; 9. Matthew Green (KTM) 36pts; 10. Wade Young (Sherco) 33pts…