Saturday, June 10, 2023


Trystan Hart of FMF KTM Factory Racing won round six of the FIM Hard Enduro World Championship at Red Bull TKO. Giving spectators a North American winner, Hart was simply unstoppable at the Trials Training Center in Sequatchie, Tennessee, USA, winning all of the event’s multiple knockout races, before capping it all off with victory in the final. to secure his FIM Victory debut in Hard Enduro.

Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Manuel Lettenbichler offered Hart his closest challenge, but couldn’t stop the Canadian from forging ahead towards victory. With Lettenbichler finishing second, Sherco Factory Racing’s Mario Roman completed the podium in third.

  • Trystan Hart Scores Memorable Red Bull TKO Victory
  • This victory marks the Canadian’s first victory in FIM Hard Enduro
  • Manuel Lettenbichler and Mario Roman complete the podium
  • Roman holds a narrow championship point lead over Lettenbichler
  • After Thursday’s excitement in nearby Nashville for the Nashville Pro Straight Rhythm, won by Alfredo Gomez of AG Racing 89, the world’s best Hard Enduro riders got to work for round six at the Trials Training Center for Red Bull TKO.

    Hart leads Lettenbichler, with the Canadian consistently picking up a comfortable victory. Photo- Kenny King

    In the first knockout race, Hart comfortably topped the timesheets by over a minute from GASGAS Factory Racing’s Taddy Blazusiak in second. ECONT-powered Bulgarian side Teodor Kabakchiev were just behind in third, while Lettenbichler finished more than two minutes behind Hart in fourth. , the pressure mounted for Knockout Race 2 with only the top 20 racers being offered a spot in the “winner takes all” final. Hart once again topped the timesheets, this time finishing over a minute and 35 seconds ahead of Roman in second, with Kabakchiev another minute and 21 seconds in third.

    Mario Roman (Sherco): “I’m so happy to finish on the podium here. This format is so intense and you have to push really hard every lap. Getting on the podium is also important for the championship. Things are close, but we’re nearing the end of the season now, so I just have to try to keep fighting as best I can for that title. Photo- Kenny King

    All eyes were on the 30-minute-plus-one-lap finale to see if Hart could pull off a clean sweep on North American soil and secure his FIM Hard Enduro debut win. Driven by the spectators, he does not disappoint.

    Quickly in front, he never looks back. Looking more and more at home in the rocky riverbeds with each passing lap, he steadily increased his lead. Lapping the fastest lap of the race to cap off a perfect day, Hart crossed the finish line as a very worthy and well-deserved winner. Working in second, Lettenbichler simply had no answer for Hart in Tennessee and had to settle for the second-place result – mirroring his Red Bull TKO result from 2021. In the overall championship standings, he now moves less than one point from leader Roman.

    Manual Lettenbichler (KTM): “From the first qualifier I had so much trouble today. I have a foot injury which I am managing and in the downhill sections here it was very difficult to control the rear brake. I just tried to manage each race as I went and do my best. But Trystan rode amazing today, so hats off to him. Photo- Kenny King

    Once again he reveals himself to be a model of consistency in 2022, Roman earned another podium with third place. Back in action following a recent injury, Wade Young (Sherco) had a solid run for fourth place. Kabakchiev completes the top five. A strong performance from Ryder Leblond (KTM) saw the American edge ahead of Alfredo Gomez for sixth place.

    Wade Sherco’s Young was the last man to complete five laps. finish fourth overall. Photo-Kenny King

    The Bulgarian Teodor Kabakchiev finished one lap behind and fifth place. Photo- Kenny King

    Trystan Hart (KTM): ” I had a little pressure going into the final because I had won every round and I just wanted to keep that going. It’s amazing to win. This championship is so competitive, so I’m honored to to be among the best of them. It was an amazing day, I can’t thank the team and the fans enough for their support. To have the fans cheering me on like that, it was awesome! Photo Kenny King

    Results: Round 6, Red Bull TKO

    Final Knockout Race

    1.Trystan Hart (KTM) 5 laps 2. Manuel Lettenbichler (KTM) 5 laps, +1:19.577

    3. Mario Roman (Sherco) 5 laps , +58.055
    4. Wade Young (Sherco) 5 laps, +2:55.829
    5. Teodor Kabakchiev (KTM) 4 laps
    6. Ryder LeBlond (KTM) 4 laps, +39.752

    7. Alfredo Gomez (GASGAS) 4 laps, +26.267
    8. Graham Jarvis (Husqvarna) 4 laps, +43.098 9. Cody Webb (Sherco) 4 laps, +59.056

    10. David Cyprian (KTM) 4 laps, +28.429

    Letti (second), Hart (first) and Roman (third) Photo- Kenny King



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