Three riders win AMA National Championships at 2019 AMA Extreme Off-Road Grand Championship
PICKERINGTON, Ohio — The American Motorcyclist Association congratulates Manuel Lettenbichler, Ryder LeBlond and Rachel Gutish on their winning performances during the 2019 AMA Extreme Off-Road Grand Championship at the Kenda AMA Tennessee Knockout.
They were among 315 riders to take part in the ninth edition of the TKO, which took place Aug. 16-18 at the Trials Training Center in Sequatchie, Tenn.
LeBlond captured the AMA Extreme Off-Road Amateur National Champion title and Gutish claimed the AMA Extreme Off-Road Women’s National Champion crown on Saturday. Lettenbichler put in a commanding performance on Sunday to take the overall title.
Extreme Off-Road is a specialized form of racing that tests a rider’s skill and their machine’s capabilities over the most challenging terrain that each venue has to offer — including vertical hill climbs, imposing rock fields, multiple log crossings and the most-difficult natural terrain race organizers can find. The format is wide open for the host organizations to throw as many curve balls at riders as possible.
“We had a record turnout of riders at this year’s AMA Extreme Off-Road Grand Championship, and the competition was as intense as ever,” AMA Off-Road Racing Manager Erek Kudla said. “The extreme off-road discipline has experienced rapid growth over the past several years, and we prequalified more riders for the event than ever, thanks to the AMA Extreme Off-Road State Championships system.
“I congratulate Manny, Ryder and Rachel on their outstanding performances and thank the Trials Training Center and co-organizers Sean Finley and Eric Peronnard for putting on an excellent event,” Kudla said.
With six-time Tennessee Knockout champion Cody Webb sitting out the 2019 edition of the event due to injury, it was 2018 runner-up Lettenbichler’s turn to shine. The German rider won Sunday’s Knockout 1 competition, was second-fastest in Knockout 2 and lapped the field up to fourth place in the 30 minutes plus one lap Final Knockout race to win the event.
“I got a good start and just focused on riding my race,” Lettenbichler said. “I had a pretty good lead at the end, so I was able to back off a little bit.”
Lettenbichler was joined on the Final Knockout podium by runner-up Mario Roman of Spain and Wade Young of South Africa. The best finish in the Final Knockout by an American rider belonged to Colton Haacker, who finished fourth.
For more information an AMA Extreme Off-Road Competition, visit www.americanmotorcyclist.com/Racing/Extreme-Off-Road.
Final Knockout Results
- Manuel Lettenbichler
- Mario Roman
- Wade Young
- Colton Haacker
- Trystan Hart
- Ben Kelly
- Ricky Russell
- Max Gerston
- Grant Baylor
- Ronnie Commo
- Quinn Wentzel
- Nick Fahringer
- Mitch Carvolth
- Liam Draper
- Nate Smith