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1/2/2010
Cobras kept winning in ’09 while weathering storms on both the economic and legislative fronts

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Cobras kept winning in ’09 while weathering storms on both the economic and legislative fronts
The tough riders on the USA-made bikes represent all that’s good with the MX industry in terms of dedication, resiliency and success

Photo: Austin Forkner on the Cobra CX65

HILLSDALE, Mich., (Dec. 31, 2009) – Historically, Cobra’s motocross battles were waged on the nation’s greatest amateur tracks, places like Texas’ Oak Hill and Lake Whitney, Oklahoma’s Ponca City, Loretta Lynn’s Ranch in Tennessee and Florida’s great Gatorback MX Park, home of the Mini O’s. And since the company’s inception in 1993, the lion’s share of 50cc championships up for grabs on these hallowed MX proving grounds were won on Cobras by the future stars of motocross and supercross, aka the “Cobra Generation.”

This past year would be no different on the championship front as Cobra pretty much swept all the major 50cc class titles available. But that was only part of the battle for the Michigan-based company as the government, namely the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA), did all but ban the sale of Cobras – and mini cycles and quads in general - through its new lead law imitative.

And while the downturned economy as well had a decided effect on racer turnout at the eight major amateur MX national events, Cobra racers persisted and, in many cases, represented as well as previous years in hundreds of regional races run coast-to-coast every weekend.

Through it all Cobra’s front office and President Sean Hilbert managed to keep not only Cobra on the rails, but also gets a tip-of-the-hat in helping keep the entire junior MX cycle industry afloat, primarily through Cobra’s, the AMA’s and MX Sports’ efforts in winning a temporary stay of enforcement on the CPSIA’s lead law.

“One of Cobra’s biggest victories this year was actually won in a suit and tie,” said Hilbert, half laughing. “We literally competed not only on motocross tracks across the country, but against our own government over the results of a law that would have, for all intents and purposes, ended junior MX racing as we know it today.”

Hilbert added that when - at times - the battle seemed lost and he felt like banging his head against the wall, all he had to do was to pack up and head to a race and spend time with the people most responsible for where industry-leading Cobra is today – the company’s racers and families. “Puts things in perspective to see families suffering the same economic hardships as Cobra is, sacrificing and pulling things together just to make the races,” said Hilbert. “The tough times stories around the campfire at night would all be forgotten when we went racing the next morning.”

The bottom line for Cobra, as it is with any competition motorcycle company, were the headlines. And there were plenty to be pumped about for Cobra in ’09. Here’s a few of the more impressive ones …

Cobra Racers Clean Up @ Lake Whitney, Ready To Gate For Oak Hill MX National
Lewis, Lietzel, Robertson and Forkner lead Cobra in some Texas-sized dirt bike battles to open the ‘09 amateur MX national season

Cobra Kids Continue Their Summer-Long Roll, Sweep Vegas Mini GPs W/ Titles
Stilez Robertson continues his perfect season by sweeping the PW Stock & Modified through six classes

Cobras sweep everything at Ponca City, next up: AMA Amateur MX Nationals at Loretta Lynn’s!
Jordan Bailey and Stilez Robertson lead the complete Cobra sweep of the PW 4-6 and 7-8 Stock and Modified classes at Ponca City

Cobra-mounted racers enjoy another successful showing at AMA Amateur MX Nationals
Jordan Bailey and Stilez Robertson lead the complete Cobra sweep of the AMA 4-6 and 7-8 Stock 1 and 2 classes at Loretta Lynn’s Ranch

Cobra mini quad racers dominate ATVA National Championships @ Loretta Lynn’s Ranch!
Cobra’s Corey Heath, Alex Symborski, Bret Musick and Chase Horton all win 12-round overall ATVA production class national series titles

Cobra’s Bailey & Keith sweep the 50cc Senior, Junior class titles at the Gatorback Mini Os!
Florida’s Bailey closed out his impressive race career on Cobras by sweeping the SX and MX classes; Maryland’s Keith is the fastest little guy

“Through it all a year like 2009 made Cobra a much stronger, much more efficient company,” said Hilbert. “We know what to expect in the foreseeable future and look forward to again meeting the challenges both on and off the track. Enjoy the last weekend of the holidays here, buckle down in school and we’ll look forward to getting our racers up and running on the new 2010 line of competition Cobra mini cycles and mini quads here in the coming months.”

Cobra, founded in 1993, produces the most successful line of competition mini cycles and mini quads in the United States with more than 200 national titles in the last decade. Based out of Hillsdale, Mich., Cobra's mission is to build premium products for the serious racer. For more information on Cobra products, please visit our website at www.cobramotorcycle.com.

High Profile Public Relations (HPPR), LLC, is a multi-faceted communications agency specializing in strategic media relations – both industry and mainstream – for the powersports and action sports communities. Dialed in with all forms of power and action sports, its participants, manufacturers and live event promoters, HPPR’s Pat Schutte can be reached at (734) 369-2170 and pat@highprofilepr.com.




12/1/2009
Cobra’s Jordan Bailey & Gauge Keith sweep the 50cc Senior, Junior class titles at the Gatorback MX Park’s Mini Os!

Florida’s Bailey closed out his impressive race career on Cobras by sweeping the SX and MX classes; Maryland’s Keith is the fastest little guy



HILLSDALE, Mich., (Dec. 1, 2009) – In an impressive show of talent, speed and American-made ingenuity, Cobra Motorcycle racers swept every 50cc class title – six in all – in a perfect weekend of mini bike racing at the 2009 season’s last big amateur MX national, the 38th annual Thor Winter National Olympics – aka the Mini Os – at Gainesville’s Gatorback MX Park.



Leading the way for Cobra was one of the company’s all-time winningest riders, local Floridian Jordan Bailey. Piloting the 2010 Cobra King 50, Bailey dominated the 7-8 Senior 50cc class, winning both the SX and MX competitions at the legendary track in northern Florida. And joining Bailey on their Cobra King 50s on the Senior class podiums were Georgia’s Tristan Lewis, 2nd in SX and Pennsylvania’s Logan Leitzel in 2nd in MX, followed by Lewis in 3rd.



Also noteworthy was the fact that Cobra donated Bailey’s factory King 50 practice bike from last year to the Justin Weeks Benefit Auction at the Mini Os and it brought in a solid $2,000 for the injured MX rider!

Gauge Keith

With as big of a weekend as anybody at the Mini Os, Cobra’s Gauge Keith really stepped things up in the 4-6 Junior classes, sweeping titles in both the SX and MX divisions while also winning the MX title in the newly-formed 4-6 Oil Injection (OI) class. Three titles in four tries for Maryland’s top young motocross prospect! Other Cobra riders making the podium in the 4-6 classes include: Landon Rapp, Illinois, 2nd Jr. SX, Justin Cokinos, Massachusetts, 3rd JR MX, Larry Reyes Jr., Texas, 1st 4-6 Stock OI SX, Gage Linville, Georgia, 2nd 4-6 Stock OI SX, Keith, 3rd 4-6 OI SX, Linville, 2nd OI MX, Reyes 3rd OI MX.



The 65cc class was highlighted by Cobra’s Austin Forkner (Missouri) who pulled some monster holeshots in the motos he contested on his 2010 CX65. Forkner put everything together in the 65 10-11 Modified MX class, scoring factory Cobra’s first 65cc class podium finish at the Mini Os with a 3rd. “Making this even more impressive is the fact that other than a pipe, Austin did this with a stock 2010 CX65,” added Cobra Chief Engineer Phil McDowell.



“Going six-for-six against some excellent 50cc competition at the Mini Os was another great victory for the American-made Cobra Motorcycles,” said Sean Hilbert, President of Cobra. “Congrats to all of our 2009 Mini Os champions, podium placers and racers and families that work hard throughout the year. Cobra’s very proud to be such an integral part of high-level youth motocross racing both here in the States and around the world. And we owe a lot to the young men that represent Cobra both on and off the track.



“Now it’s time to put just as much effort into your schoolwork as you do on the MX track and enjoy the same successes. Everyone at Cobra will look forward to seeing you in March for the 2010 MX national openers in Texas.”



To read up more on the 2009 Mini Os at Gatorback Cycle Park in Gainesville, Fla., visit their website at: http://www.unlimitedsportsmx.com/



Cobra, founded in 1993, produces the most successful line of competition mini cycles and mini quads in the United States with more than 200 national titles in the last decade. Based out of Hillsdale, Mich., Cobra's mission is to build premium products for the serious racer. For more information on Cobra products, please visit our website at www.cobramotorcycle.com.



High Profile Public Relations (HPPR), LLC, is a multi-faceted communications agency specializing in strategic media relations – both industry and mainstream – for the powersports and action sports communities. Dialed in with all forms of power and action sports, its participants, manufacturers and live event promoters, HPPR’s Pat Schutte can be reached at (734) 369-2170 and pat@highprofilepr.com.




11/17/2009
Cobra racers return for Branson MX redo and come away with multiple 50cc and 65cc titles

Austin Forkner dominates the 65cc Junior class on his Cobra CX 65; Logan Leitzel and Lance Kobush win titles on their King Cobras and CX65s

Photos courtesy of: Cobra

HILLSDALE, Mich., (Nov. 16, 2009) – Though rain washed away the original date, the spirit and resiliency of amateur motocrossers and their families shined through this past weekend as the redo of the 15th annual Branson USA National MX Championships, presented by PPG, featured some great racing and numerous titles brought home to Cobra headquarters by some of sport’s future stars.

Breaking through in the biggest way had to be Cobra’s Austin Forkner on the American-made CX65. Forkner nailed two Junior (65cc) class titles – and would have had a third had it not been for a crash in the second 9-11 Jr. Stock moto after he’d won the first moto.

“Austin had a heck of a weekend on the CX65,” said Cobra President Sean Hilbert. “The turnout, of course, wasn’t what Branson had lined up for the opening date. But that didn’t mean there wasn’t some amazing racing going on despite the smaller gates. Congrats to Ron Hendrickson (Branson promoter) on pulling off this mulligan. All reports back from the Cobra families in attendance pointed to a great weekend of racing in all the 50 and 65cc classes.”

Opening the show for Cobra in the 50cc (Pee Wee) was Oklahoma City’s (Okla.) Chandler Baker and Owen Anderson (Elburn, Ill.) as the two split wins in a Cobra sweep of the PW 4-6 Modified and Stock classes, respectively. Both racers would finish in 2nd place in the class the other rider won, with Cobra’s Patrick Murphy (Clinton, Iowa) picking up 3rd place in both classes.

In the 7-8 PW class Missouri’s “Lightning” Lance Kobush and Logan Leitzel (Dillsburg, Pa.) went 1st/2nd in the Modified class on their Cobra CX50 Sr. bikes. Kobush then took top honors in the 7-8 PW Stock class with Florida’s Cole Williams taking 2nd on his Cobra and Leitzel 3rd – in winning the last moto (7th in the first moto).

Leitzel then carried that last moto win momentum into the 6-9 Super Pee Wee event and topped Kobush (2nd), with Williams placing 3rd.

Back in the 65cc and joining Forkner on top of the podium was Cobra’s Leitzel who won both the Jr. Cycle (65) 6-8 Modified and Stock classes, with Kobush in 2nd (Stock) and Gage Fisher (Alton, Iowa) 3rd in both classes.

In the Jr. Cycle (65) 9-11 classes it was all Forkner, with Michael Hicks (Fenton, Mo.) placing 4th in the Stock class and Caleb Self (Cole Camp, Mo.) placing 5th in the Modified class. Forkner then won the premier event – the Jr. Cycle Open through 11 – with Self placing a respectable 6th and Hicks 8th. Noteworthy: Hicks spent most of the the 2009 MX season competing as an eight-year-old and only recently turned nine.

Also: All 50cc Pee Wee racers contesting the 15th annual Branson MX National Championships were eligible to win a brand new 2010 Cobra King 50, courtesy of Cobra Motorcycles. And walking away with that bike was Tennessee’s Kruz Sampson! This is the seventh year Cobra has given away a brand new Cobra motorcycle at the Branson event.

“Cobra is pleased to help out the NMA with this special King 50 bike give-a-way,” added Hilbert.

Next up for the Cobra racers is the Thanksgiving week Mini Os at Gatorback MX Park in Gainesville, Fla., the 2009 season’s last big amateur MX National.

Cobra, founded in 1993, produces the most successful line of competition mini cycles and mini quads in the United States with more than 200 national titles in the last decade. Based out of Hillsdale, Mich., Cobra's mission is to build premium products for the serious racer. For more information on Cobra products, please visit our website at www.cobramotorcycle.com.
High Profile Public Relations (HPPR), LLC, is a multi-faceted communications agency specializing in strategic media relations – both industry and mainstream – for the powersports and action sports communities. Dialed in with all forms of power and action sports, its participants, manufacturers and live event promoters, HPPR’s Pat Schutte can be reached at (734) 369-2170 and pat@highprofilepr.com.




10/15/2009
Cobra racers enjoy a big weekend despite the Branson USA MX National rain out

Stilez Robertson’s named Amateur MX Magazine’s 50cc Rider of the Year and Cobra, led by Black & Mann, sweeps the Amateur AX Nats’ 50 classes

Photo of Stilez Robertson courtesy of: Cobra

HILLSDALE, Mich., (Oct. 9, 2009) – Things picked up at the Cobra offices today after being dealt a tough hand by Mother Nature with the closing of the Branson (Mo.) USA MX National due to torrential rain and flooding.

First off, at the U.S. Open of Supercross’ Sunday amateur day in Las Vegas, dubbed the Amateur National Arenacross Championships, Cobra’s Ethan Mann (Vancouver, Wash.) led a King Cobra sweep of the 50cc 4-6 class main event. Mann was joined on the podium by Oregon’s Max Miller in 2nd and Ohio’s Jackson Thomas in 3rd. And in the 7-8 50cc division, Cobra’s Austin Black (Oregon) was victorious and flanked on the podium by fellow Cobra riders in California’s Zach Darnley (2nd) and Michigan’s Thomas Neumann.

“Our west coast guys were fortunate to have a roof over their heads at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Congrats to all the Cobra kids that raced the Amateur National Arenacross Championships – everyone at Cobra’s very proud of your efforts,” said Cobra’s Sean Hilbert.

Cobra’s headquarters received some more good news on Monday when it was announced that Cobra factory racer Stilez Robertson, who contests the 4-6 50cc class, was just named as AmateurMX.com’s “50cc Racer of the Year.” Robertson, who’s from Bakersfield, Calif., had ten major wins this summer and, on the AmateurMX.com’s scoring format, came away with 109 points – ten points ahead of fellow Cobra racer Jordan Bailey (2nd place in the 50cc RotY scoring). All-in-all Cobra racers swept the top 15 spots in AmateurMX.com’s 50cc season scoring poll.

In addition, AmateurMX.com named Bailey as one of its top ten overall amateur racers, ranking him an impressive 5th out of all the amateur classes. Robertson was ranked 10th.

To check it all out, link to www.amateurmx.com and click on the magazine cover, scroll to page 38.

“Congrats to Stilez and Jordan on that great award as well,” added Hilbert. “Both those young men have raced extremely fast this summer and represented the Cobra factory very well both on and off the track.”

Making the trip to Branson were the following Cobra riders. And though it’s not known when – and if – the race will be rescheduled, Cobra will look forward to seeing many of these fast kids over Thanksgiving week when the year’s final major amateur MX race of the 2009 season – the Mini Os - takes place at Gatorback MX Park in Gainesville, Fla.

Name State Class(es)

Stilez Robertson California 50cc/65cc
Kruz Sampson Tennessee 50cc/65cc
Justin Dunn North Carolina 50cc
Logan Leitzel Pennsylvania 50cc/65cc
Lance Kobush Missouri 50cc/65cc
James Shockey Maryland 50cc/65cc
Austin Forkner Missouri 65cc
Michael Hicks Missouri Super Pee Wee
Caleb Self Missouri 65cc
Jack Rogers Pennsylvania 65cc
Jackson Turpin Georgia 50cc/65cc
Josh Williams Kansas 50cc/65cc
Daniel Nickell Jr. Oklahoma 50cc/65cc

Cobra, founded in 1993, produces the most successful line of competition mini cycles and mini quads in the United States with more than 200 national titles in the last decade. Based out of Hillsdale, Mich., Cobra's mission is to build premium products for the serious racer. For more information on Cobra products, please visit our website at www.cobramotorcycle.com.
High Profile Public Relations (HPPR), LLC, is a multi-faceted communications agency specializing in strategic media relations – both industry and mainstream – for the powersports and action sports communities. Dialed in with all forms of power and action sports, its participants, manufacturers and live event promoters, HPPR’s Pat Schutte can be reached at (734) 369-2170 and pat@highprofilepr.com.




9/21/2009
Cobra’s Jamie Baskerville takes 1st place overall in the Alberta, Canada, Provincial 50cc 7-8 class

Baskerville (Cobra/JB Racing) then steps up on his Cobra CX65 and places 2nd overall in the 7-11 65cc class and 3rd in the 85cc class on his Cobra 65!

Photo courtesy of: JB Racing

HILLSDALE, Mich., (Sept. 21, 2009) – Canadian Cobra racer Jamie Baskerville recently locked down the overall Alberta (B.C.) Provincial 50cc 7-8 championship – his second overall Provincial title in his young racing career.

In addition, Baskerville battled to a 2nd place finish in the hotly-contested 65cc 7-11 class on his new Cobra CX65, then really turned some heads when he finished on the podium in 3rd place in the 85cc 7-11 class – racing his CX65!

“We had a lot of fun racing this past weekend and are happy with the results,” said Baskerville. “Thanks to everyone at Cobra for their support.”

’09 goes down as Baskerville’s best competition season-to-date, elevating his Provincial racing record to two overall wins and three additional top three rankings in just three years of racing. Baskerville was also part of the winning East/West Shoot Out team competing at the Trans Can earlier this summer in Walton, Ontario.

In addition to Cobra, Baskerville receives assistance from: Motovan.com, PrintWerx.ca, Utopia Optics, Academy Fabrication, Perform X Motocross, Central Sled and Cycle, EZ Up Tents and Matt Crown Racing.

Cobra, founded in 1993, produces the most successful line of competition mini cycles and mini quads in the United States with more than 200 national titles in the last decade. Based out of Hillsdale, Mich., Cobra's mission is to build premium products for the serious racer. For more information on Cobra products, please visit our website at www.cobramotorcycle.com.

High Profile Public Relations (HPPR), LLC, is a multi-faceted communications agency specializing in strategic media relations – both industry and mainstream – for the powersports and action sports communities. Dialed in with all forms of power and action sports, its participants, manufacturers and live event promoters, HPPR’s Pat Schutte can be reached at (734) 369-2170 and pat@highprofilepr.com.




9/8/2009
COBRA FACTORY SPONSORSHIP DEAL 2010

The COBRA backed 65cc British National Junior MX championship drawing to a close at Foxhill on the weekend of 17th and 18th September, we are pleased to announce the riders that are in the running to receive the COBRA sponsorship deal for 2010. The highest placed registered rider at the end of the season, that will be contesting the 65cc Junior class in 2010 will be offered a sponsored factory ride with the COBRA team for 2010. Should the highest placed eligible rider not be contesting the 2010 series in the class, Neil McClelland of COBRA will be offering the deal to the next highest placed rider.


The standings so far are:
1: Conrad Mewes
2: Keenan Hird
3: Jake Edey
4: Tom Hume
5: Ryan Vickers
6: Taylor Hammal
7: George Gregg-Pettitt
8: Jamie Carpenter
9: Jordan Hearn
10: Max Bickers
11: Johnjoe Wright
12: Christopher Mills
13: Dylan Woodcock




8/28/2009
Cobra mini quad racers dominate ATVA National Championships @ Loretta Lynn’s Ranch!

Cobra’s Corey Heath, Alex Symborski, Bret Musick and Chase Horton all win 12-round overall ATVA production class national series titles

Photos courtesy of: Penny Furman

HILLSDALE, Mich., (Aug. 28, 2009) – Kids on Cobras winning titles is a familiar saying this time of year what with both the mini cycle and, just this past week, the mini quad National Championships taking place at Loretta Lynn’s Ranch in Hurricane Mills, Tenn. And while the Cobra bikes took center stage two weeks ago, this past week Cobra mini quad pilots dominated the 50, 70 and 90cc production classes at Loretta’s ATVA finals, capping off the 12-round summer series with five overall championships.



Claiming National titles in every production class the Cobra brand was allowed to run, Cobra mini quad racers ran the table at Loretta’s and on the season – many for the second-straight year!



Cobra ATVA winners at Loretta’s and overall season National title winners included:

1st – Corey Heath, 50cc Sr. class, at Loretta’s and ATVA Series National Champion
1st – Alex Symborski, 70cc SS class, at Loretta’s and ATVA Series National Champion
1st – Alex Symborski, 90cc Jr. class, at Loretta’s and ATVA Series National Champion
1st – Bret Musick, 90cc Sr. class, ATVA National Champion
1st – Chase Horton, 90cc Production class, at Loretta’s/ATVA Series National Champion



The 50cc Sr. class win for Heath was his second-straight; Symborski’s won the 70cc SS class three-straight years now and Horton won the 90cc Jr. class prior to winning this year’s 90cc production class. Also, Symborski placed 2nd in the 70cc Modified class and Heath was 2nd in the 70cc SS class. Noteworthy is the fact that Heath has won more races on a Cobra ECX50 than anyone in the history of 50cc quad racing - three national championships, 1 WPSA title and two ATVA titles! And Symborski has won more races on Cobra mini quad than any other racer in Cobra’s production history – 50cc ATVA in ’06, 70cc SS ATVA in ’07, ’08 and ’09 and 90cc Jr. ATVA in ’09!



“A big-time congrats from everyone at Cobra to our mini quad guys this season,” said Cobra President Sean Hilbert. “It was rewarding to see all the hard work we put in on our end at the factory pay off with all the hard work you guys put in this season racing the ATVA series.”

Cobra, founded in 1993, produces the most successful line of competition mini cycles and mini quads in the United States with more than 200 national titles in the last decade. Based out of Hillsdale, Mich., Cobra's mission is to build premium products for the serious racer. For more information on Cobra products, please visit our website www.cobramotorcycle.com.

High Profile Public Relations (HPPR), LLC, is a multi-faceted communications agency specializing in strategic media relations – both industry and mainstream – for the powersports and action sports communities. Dialed in with all forms of power and action sports, its participants, manufacturers and live event promoters, HPPR’s Pat Schutte can be reached at (734) 369-2170 and pat@highprofilepr.com.




8/10/2009
Cobra-mounted racers enjoy another successful showing at AMA Amateur MX Nationals

Jordan Bailey and Stilez Robertson lead the complete Cobra sweep of the AMA 4-6 and 7-8 Stock 1 and 2 classes at Loretta Lynn’s Ranch

Photos courtesy of: Cobra

HILLSDALE, Mich., (Aug. 10, 2009) – Cobra racers continued to write the chapters of the most success American-made motorcycle in the history of amateur motocross racing, this past week, led by California’s Stilez Robertson and Florida’s Jordan Bailey – sweeping the year’s premier 50cc class races at the 28th annual Ski Nautique AMA Amateur MX National Championships, hosted by Loretta Lynn in Hurricane Mills, Tenn.



Beginning with the 51cc AMA 2 Stock class, Bailey led a Cobra King 50 charge that locked down the first 24 spots in the field (1st through 24th) and a total of 37 out of the possible 42 spots. “It’s been a long time since Cobra’s been that dominant in that class,” said an astonished Sean Hilbert, President of Cobra Motorcycles.



Joining Bailey on the AMA 2 Stock podium were Cobra’s Carter Halpain (Texas) and Michael Hicks (Mo.) in 2nd and 3rd, respectively.

In the little guys’ 51cc AMA 1 Stock class, Robertson matched Bailey with a 1st/1st/1st three-moto sweep. In 2nd place behind Robertson was Cobra’s Ethan Mann (Wash.) and 3rd place went to Cobra-mounted Gauge Keith (Md.). In all, Cobra kids swept the top six AMA 1 Stock class positions, eight of the top ten spots and 36 of the 43 qualifying spots in the class’ field.

“The overall presence of Cobra bikes in both the 51cc AMA 1 and 2 Stock classes was as good as we’ve ever seen,” added Hilbert. “Congrats again to Stilez and Jordan, along with all the other kids and their families that worked so hard to make it to Loretta’s this year. Enjoy the next couple weeks before you have to get ready to go back to school. We’ll look forward to seeing a lot of you at Branson (Mo.) and the Mini Os in November!”



Loretta’s also proved to be a key spot to launch the new Cobra 2010 line. All the new models, including the CX65, were photographed and videoed all over Loretta’s and caught the attention of the entire industry attending the event. Keep an eye on Cobra’s website for photos and a video on the new line of bikes.

Cobra, founded in 1993, produces the most successful line of competition mini cycles and mini quads in the United States with more than 200 national titles in the last decade. Based out of Hillsdale, Mich., Cobra's mission is to build premium products for the serious racer. For more information on Cobra products, please visit our website at www.cobramotorcycle.com.

High Profile Public Relations (HPPR), LLC, is a multi-faceted communications agency specializing in strategic media relations – both industry and mainstream – for the powersports and action sports communities. Dialed in with all forms of power and action sports, its participants, manufacturers and live event promoters, HPPR’s Pat Schutte can be reached at (734) 369-2170 and pat@highprofilepr.com.




8/4/2009
Cobras sweep everything at Ponca City, next up: AMA Amateur MX Nationals at Loretta Lynn’s!

Jordan Bailey and Stilez Robertson lead the complete Cobra sweep of the PW 4-6 and 7-8 Stock and Modified classes at Ponca City

Note: This week Cobra has nearly 90 50cc class racers at Loretta’s, making up close to 90-percent of the entire 50cc class field!

HILLSDALE, Mich., (Aug. 4, 2009) – American-made Cobra Motorcycles and its amazingly-talented young riders tuned up for this week’s Loretta Lynn’s Amateur MX Nationals with a convincing display of motocross force at this past weekend’s Ponca City (Okla.) NMA Grand National, sweeping every podium in the 4-6 and 7-8 Pee Wee Stock and Modified classes, along with a some strong top ten showings in the 65cc classes.

“Couldn’t ask for a better performance out of our guys leading up to Loretta’s,” said Cobra President Sean Hilbert. “I plan on congratulating every kid in person here in Hurricane Mills (Tenn.) today.”

In the all-star race, dubbed 6-9 Super Pee Wee, Cobra’s Jordan Bailey (Orlando, Fla.) was as fast as anyone, placing 2nd with 1st-2nd moto finishes. Logan Leitzel (Dillsburg, Pa.) would give Cobra the majority of the podium spots with a 3rd place finish.

Leading the charge in the 7-8 Stock and Modified classes was Bailey, who swept both classes with 1st-1st finishes. Joining Bailey on the 7-8 Stock podium was Leitzel and “Lightning” Lance Kobush (New Florence, Mo.) in 2nd and 3rd, respectively, and Halpain (2nd) and Kobush (3rd) on Ponca’s 7-8 PW Modified podium. Note: Kobush still has another year to go in that class!

The 4-6 PW Stock and Modified classes were all Stilez Robertson as the Bakersfield Blazer made central California proud with an impressive 1st-1st sweep in both the 4-6 PW classes. So fast was Robertson that the guys at VurbMoto.com put together a hilarious video short on him at Ponca. Check it out: http://vurbinsider.com/video/50-450-5-18-stk-mod-class/

Up on the 4-6 PW Stock and Modified boxes with Stilez was Washington’s Ethan Mann, who placed 2nd in both overalls. And rounding out the all-Cobra podiums in the 4-6 PW Stock class was Gage Linville (Cordele, Ga.) and Hanover, Mass.’ Justin Cokinos in the 4-6 PW Mod class.

In the 65cc Jr Cycle classes, Brandon Smith (Aztec, N.M.), Leitzel and James Shockey (Hamilton, La.) all made the top ten overall with Smith in 5th, Leitzel in 6th and Shockey in 10th. Cobra’s Austin Forkner (Richards, Mo.) was 10th overall in the 65cc 9-11 Stock class, with a 5th place finish in the second moto despite dealing with an injured ankle.

“Ponca’s always a pretty good gauge for which Cobra kids are running well heading into Loretta’s,” added Hilbert, who mentioned a few other Cobra riders to keep an eye on, though they didn’t race Ponca: Georgia’s Tristan Lewis and Scott Meshey, Missouri’s Caleb Self and Kentucky’s Tyler Bowling, along with a fast little guy in the 4-6 class, Illinois’ Landon Rapp.

The 28th annual Air Nautiques 2009 AMA Amateur National Motocross Championships gets underway today at Loretta Lynn’s Ranch in Hurricane Mills, Tenn. Stay tuned to www.cobramotorcycle.com for racing updates throughout the week.

Cobra, founded in 1993, produces the most successful line of competition mini cycles and mini quads in the United States with more than 200 national titles in the last decade. Based out of Hillsdale, Mich., Cobra's mission is to build premium products for the serious racer. For more information on Cobra products, please visit our website at www.cobramotorcycle.com.

High Profile Public Relations (HPPR), LLC, is a multi-faceted communications agency specializing in strategic media relations – both industry and mainstream – for the powersports and action sports communities. Dialed in with all forms of power and action sports, its participants, manufacturers and live event promoters, HPPR’s Pat Schutte can be reached at (734) 369-2170 and pat@highprofilepr.com.




7/11/2009
Cobra sends some if its top guys over to Belgium for the annual MX Master Kids

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Cobra sends some if its top guys over to Belgium for the annual MX Master Kids
Cobra King 50 racers Smith and Lewis, along with 65cc top gun Forkner, lead Team USA into the global “Jr. Des Nations!”

HILLSDALE, Mich., (July 11, 2009) – Some of the world’s top mini cycle racers will gather in Limes, Belgium, this weekend for the annual running of the MX Master Kids – a junior MX Des Nations-styled event showcasing top young talent representing numerous countries from around the world.

This year Cobra will be led into battle by three returning MX Master Kids stars, including Cobra National Plus team members Brandon Smith (Aztec, N.M.) and Tristan Lewis (Locust Grove, Ga.) in the 50cc class, along with seven-year-old Oakley-backed, King Cobra-mounted Noah Aronson out of Tennessee.

In addition, making the trip for the first time this year will be Cobra National Team members Austin Forkner (Richards, Mo.), who’ll be contesting the 65cc class on the Cobra CX65, and eight-year-old Josh Strickland from Zebulon, N.C. Also representing Team USA, though he spends much of his time racing in Mexico, is U.S.-born Tommy “TJ” Rios.

“This event consistently puts Cobra at the forefront of the global mini cycle industry and everyone at Cobra wishes Brandon, Tristan, Noah, Austin, Josh and TJ the ‘Best of luck’ this weekend in Belgium,” said Cobra President Sean Hilbert. “We’ll be following the action closely on the Internet. So again, good luck guys. Be safe and go fast!”

Cobra, founded in 1993, produces the most successful line of competition mini cycles and mini quads in the United States with more than 200 national titles in the last decade. Based out of Hillsdale, Mich., Cobra's mission is to build premium products for the serious racer. For more information on Cobra products, please visit our website at www.cobramotorcycle.com.
High Profile Public Relations (HPPR), LLC, is a multi-faceted communications agency specializing in strategic media relations – both industry and mainstream – for the powersports and action sports communities. Dialed in with all forms of power and action sports, its participants, manufacturers and live event promoters, HPPR’s Pat Schutte can be reached at (734) 369-2170 and pat@highprofilepr.com.




5/21/2009
Cobra Offers Nearly $70K In Contingency!

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’09 Cobra Contingency Program Posts Nearly $70 Grand For CX Bikes & ECX Quads
Cobra kids rake in the ‘Cobra Bucks’ - redeemable at Cobra HQ -for all sorts of bike and ATV parts, along with Cobra gear

HILLSDALE, Mich., (May 21, 2009) – Cobra Motorcycle’s ambitious 2009 contingency program has swelled to nearly 70 grand – the highest on record for the Michigan-based manufacturer of competition mini cycles and ATVs - offering the popular ‘Cobra Bucks’ to kids competing on the Cobra both the CX line of 50cc and 65cc mini cycles, as well as the ECX line of ATVs.

“In order to win those trophies you’ve got to have your Cobra bikes and ATVs running in tip-top shape,” said Cobra President Sean Hilbert. “The Cobra contingency program, featuring Cobra Bucks, is set up to help our racers put together the best possible bikes and ATVs for their competition needs.”

Redeemable at Cobra HQ, Cobra Bucks can be earned at events ranging from the amateur MX Nationals openers in Texas (Lake Whitney and Oak Hill) all the way through the major NMA events, Loretta qualifiers and Loretta’s and into Thanksgiving at the Mini Os – 10 major races and four overall series payouts for the CX 50cc and 65cc bikes is a contingency record for Cobra.

“We’ve really put a great deal of emphasis on Cobra contingency backing on the new CX65,” added Hilbert.

Cobra mini cycle contingency races and series include:

• Lake Whitney
• Oak Hill
• Vegas World Mini GP
• Sweney Cycle Park Pro/Am
• Loretta Lynn’s Regional Qualifiers
• Loretta Lynn’s Amateur National Championships
• Ponca City
• Baja Brawl
• Branson
• Mini Os
• American Bluegrass Championship Series
• Texas Winter Series
• Unlimited Sports Winter Am Series
• California Gold Cup

And the ATV contingency series includes:

• ATVA Motocross Nationals Series

Glen Helen, San Bernardino, Calif. (March 7-8)
Millcreek Raceway, Pell City, Ala. (March 21-22)
Balance Moto X, Bowling Green, Ky. (April 4-5)
Birch Creek Motorsports, Danville, Va. (April 18-19)
Sunset Ridge MX, Walnut, Ill. (May 2-3)
Steel City Raceway, Delmont, Pa. (May 23-24)
Unadilla Valley Sports Center, New Berlin, N.Y. (June 13-14)
Muddy Creek Raceway, Blountville, Tenn. (June 27-28)
Pleasure Valley Raceway, Armagh, Pa. (July 18-19)
RedBud MX, Buchanan, Mich. (Aug. 1-2)
Loretta Lynn Ranch, Hurricane Mills, Tenn. (Aug. 15-16)

“Good luck to everyone racing the Cobra contingency events this year and we look forward to setting you guys up with Cobra product through the Cobra Bucks you’re competing for,” said Hilbert.

Cobra, founded in 1993, produces the most successful line of competition mini cycles and mini quads in the United States with more than 200 national titles in the last decade. Based out of Hillsdale, Mich., Cobra's mission is to build premium products for the serious racer. For more information on Cobra products, please visit our website at www.cobramotorcycle.com.

High Profile Public Relations (HPPR), LLC, is a multi-faceted communications agency specializing in strategic media relations – both industry and mainstream – for the powersports and action sports communities. Dialed in with all forms of power and action sports, its participants, manufacturers and live event promoters, HPPR’s Pat Schutte can be reached at (734) 369-2170 and pat@highprofilepr.com.




4/23/2009
UK Cobra Quads Dominate Dunn's, Scotland, Youth ATV National

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Cobra UK ATV Racers Sweep Top Five 50cc Class Spots @ British Youth ATV National
Dunn’s (Scotland) plays host and Cobra kids from all over the multi-country region flock to the event – clean up racing!

Photos courtesy of: Neil McClelland

HILLSDALE, Mich., (April 23, 2009) – The British Youth ATV National at Dunn’s in Scotland was dominated by kids on Cobra ECX50 mini quads, with Cobra kids sweeping the top five spots in the 50cc Modified class.

Cobra-mounted Laurence White was on it, winning the class by more than 30 seconds every moto, according to Cobra UK’s Neil McClelland. “The kid is quick,” he says.

Noteworthy: Some 75-percent of the 50cc class lineup at Dunn’s was comprised of kids on Cobras.

In the 100cc Modified class, Cobra racers were a bit overmatched given the different displacement allotments for the European classes (70cc Cobras vs. 105cc competition). But that didn’t stop Cobra ATV factory racer Adam James from putting up the day’s best lap time – especially considering he was 35cc under powered!

James would finish 2nd in the class despite the displacement handicap.

Results
50 cc Mod
1. Laurence White ECX 50
2. Jayden Slatcher ECX 50
3. Harry Carmichael ECX 50
4. Ayton Knowles ECX 50
5. Sam Williamson ECX 50

100 cc Geared
2nd Adam James ECX 70

100 cc Auto Mod
2nd Regan Carmichael ECX 70 Full Auto

Cobra, founded in 1993, produces the most successful line of competition mini cycles and mini quads in the United States with more than 200 national titles in the last decade. Based out of Hillsdale, Mich., Cobra's mission is to build premium products for the serious racer. For more information on Cobra products, please visit our website at www.cobramotorcycle.com.

High Profile Public Relations (HPPR), LLC, is a multi-faceted communications agency specializing in strategic media relations – both industry and mainstream – for the powersports and action sports communities. Dialed in with all forms of power and action sports, its participants, manufacturers and live event promoters, HPPR’s Pat Schutte can be reached at (734) 369-2170 and pat@highprofilepr.com.




4/20/2009
What's going on in Europe?

Check out the cool ad that Jegstrup Cross Center (Denmark) is running!



4/15/2009
Cobra’s UK Factory Team Welcomes Top European Youth ATV Racer Adam James

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Cobra’s UK Factory Team Welcomes Top European Youth ATV Racer Adam James
The nine-year-old James is on board to run the 2009 ECX70 for the European youth ATV competition season

HILLSDALE, Mich., (April 15, 2009) – Cobra Motorcycle’s UK division announced today that youth ATV racer Adam James has joined the Cobra UK factory race program, dubbed the Cobra/KIK Factory Support Team, and will contest the European youth ATV championship aboard the revolutionary Cobra ECX70.

Last year’s British Youth Quad Championship age class champion, James is set to run a full 20-race schedule on this new, crate-to-podium ECX70. “The Cobra ECX70 is light and handles brilliantly,” said James. “The chassis, suspension and motor are the best you can get in its class.”

Traveling about Europe with his grandfather/mechanic/publicist, Nigel Offley, James says he favors the more technical MX tracks with “plenty of jumps,” as he put it. “My favorite track has to be Mildenhall in Suffolk – right next to the U.S. Air Force base. “Mildenhall’s where I won my first three-out-of-three motos,” he said.

“Everyone at Cobra welcomes Adam and Nigel to the Cobra/KIK Factory Support Team and look forward to seeing Adam race at the first round of the BYQX on April 19th in Dunns, Scotland.

To check out more on Cobra’s Adam James, link to: http://www.AdamJamesRacing.com

Cobra, founded in 1993, produces the most successful line of competition mini cycles and mini quads in the United States with more than 200 national titles in the last decade. Based out of Hillsdale, Mich., Cobra's mission is to build premium products for the serious racer. For more information on Cobra products, please visit our website at www.cobramotorcycle.com.

High Profile Public Relations (HPPR), LLC, is a multi-faceted communications agency specializing in strategic media relations – both industry and mainstream – for the powersports and action sports communities. Dialed in with all forms of power and action sports, its participants, manufacturers and live event promoters, HPPR’s Pat Schutte can be reached at (734) 369-2170 and pat@highprofilepr.com.




4/13/2009
Cobra rider Chase Yentzer meets the press!

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Cobra Racer Chase Yentzer Helps Educate Public On CPSIA’s Controversial Lead Law
The kindergartener and his Cobra CX50 Jr. is the subject of numerous print and television feature stories on the CPSIA’s controversial ruling

Photo courtesy of: American Motorcyclist Association

HILLSDALE, Mich., (April 13, 2009) – Officials at Cobra Motorcycle, Inc., would like to congratulate six-year-old Cobra rider Chase Yentzer on his effort to educate the general public and government on the recent Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act’s (CPSIA) Lead Law that’s had such a negative impact on the entire youth motocross industry in recent weeks.

The six-year-old Yentzer and his father, Rodney, were the subject of feature story in the Cumberland County Sentinel Newspaper, as well as a feature on local CBS affiliate, WHPTV.

Cumberland County Sentinel

http://www.cumberlink.com/articles/2009/04/03/news/local/doc49d60fa8049fa685751862.txt

WHPTV

http://www.whptv.com/mediacenter/local.aspx?videoid=140188@video.whptv.com

“A Cobra kid out fighting for his right to ride, fighting for the cause – way to go, Chase!,” exclaimed Cobra President Sean Hilbert, who himself just got back from a third trip to Washington D.C. to lobby on behalf of the entire mini cycle and mini quad industry.

Chase, who’s uncle Jeff Yentzer was a former Team Green pro MX racer, has been to the nation’s capital as well, and spoke the now famous line at a news conference on Capitol Hill: “I promise I won’t eat my dirt bike.”

Stay tuned to Cobra’s website (www.cobramotorcycle.com) for up-to-the-minute information on the MX industry’s battle with the CPSIA and its controversial Lead Law.

Cobra, founded in 1993, produces the most successful line of competition mini cycles and mini quads in the United States with more than 200 national titles in the last decade. Based out of Hillsdale, Mich., Cobra's mission is to build premium products for the serious racer. For more information on Cobra products, please visit our website at www.cobramotorcycle.com.

High Profile Public Relations (HPPR), LLC, is a multi-faceted communications agency specializing in strategic media relations – both industry and mainstream – for the powersports and action sports communities. Dialed in with all forms of power and action sports, its participants, manufacturers and live event promoters, HPPR’s Pat Schutte can be reached at (734) 369-2170 and pat@highprofilepr.com.




4/1/2009
Cobras dominate Vegas Mini GPs!

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Cobra Kids Continue Their Summer-Long Roll, Sweep Vegas Mini GPs W/ Titles
Stilez Robertson continues his perfect season by sweeping the PW Stock & Modified through six classes

Stilez Robertson photo courtesy of: Chris Hultner

HILLSDALE, Mich., (April 21, 2009) – Cobra Motorcycle racers descended upon Vegas this past week/weekend for the annual Mini Grand Prix and again cleaned up in the 50cc Pee Wee mini cycle categories, sweeping every championship from the Stock and Modified through 6 classes, 7-8 Stock and Modified classes and the Super Pee Wee Modified 6-9 class.

Leading the Cobra charge, as he did in the season-opening amateur MX nationals in Texas, was Bakersfield, Calif.’s Stilez Robertson. The mini MX ripper was head and shoulders above the competition in the Stock and Modified through 6 classes to keep his record perfect in mini cycle competition this summer.

“Stilez reminds us a lot of a young Adam Cianciarulo,” said Cobra President Sean Hilbert of Cobra’s all-time winningest racer. “He’s disciplined and focused beyond his years and driven to succeed, which has much to do given the great support from his family.”

Up on the box with Robertson for a 1-2 finish for Cobra in the Pee Wee Stock class was Vancouver, Wash.’s Ethan Mann. And in the Modified class, Max Miller (Springfield, Ore.) and Dilan Schwartz (Alpine, Calif.) helped Cobra sweep that podium, placing 2nd and 3rd, respectively.

Robertson was joined in the multiple titles department at the Vegas Mini GPs by Jordan Bailey. The Floridian led a Cobra assault on the 7-8 Stock and Modified classes that also featured some great efforts put in by Drew “Rooster” Drennan (Brookshire, Texas) and Tanner Amarillas (Gilbert, Ariz.). Bailey swept top honors in all three classes with Drennan placing 2nd in the Stock and Super Pee Wee and 3rd in the stock class while Amarillas went 2nd/3rd in the Modified and Stock classes. Brandon Smith (Aztec, N.M.) rounded out the final podium spot in Super Pee Wee, completing the Cobra sweep if the 7-8 classes.

“Again, congrats to all the Cobra kids and their families that competed at the Vegas Mini GPs,” said Hilbert. “Keep after the schoolwork, ride hard and we’ll see you at the Ponca City.”

Next up for the Cobra kids is the 34th annual Grand Nationals of Motocross at Ponca City, July 27th through Aug. 1. In the mean time, keep an eye out for America’s next great motocross racers at a track near you!

Cobra, founded in 1993, produces the most successful line of competition mini cycles and mini quads in the United States with more than 200 national titles in the last decade. Based out of Hillsdale, Mich., Cobra's mission is to build premium products for the serious racer. For more information on Cobra products, please visit our website at www.cobramotorcycle.com.

High Profile Public Relations (HPPR), LLC, is a multi-faceted communications agency specializing in strategic media relations – both industry and mainstream – for the powersports and action sports communities. Dialed in with all forms of power and action sports, its participants, manufacturers and live event promoters, HPPR’s Pat Schutte can be reached at (734) 369-2170 and pat@highprofilepr.com.




3/30/2009
Cobra UK Welcomes Dylan Woodcock

Dylan Woodcock Joins Cobra UK Factory Team
Woodcock will run the Cobra CX65 during the ’09 competition year

Photos courtesy of the Woodcocks

HILLSDALE, Mich., (March 30, 2009) – Cobra UK announced today that former auto class motocross racer, Dylan Woodcock, will race the Cobra CX65 for the coming competition season, effective immediately.

“We’re pleased to have Dylan on board,” said Cobra’s Neil McClelland. “He did quite well in the auto class and we’re looking forward to seeing him on the CX65 this summer.”

The Woodcocks picked up Dylan’s new Cobra CX65 this weekend in Milldenhall and Dylan seemed rather pleased with the speedy new bike. “We’re thrilled to be part of the Cobra team,” they said. “And we’re looking forward to seeing Dylan ride it for the first time next weekend.”

Cobra, founded in 1993, produces the most successful line of competition mini cycles and mini quads in the United States with more than 200 national titles in the last decade. Based out of Hillsdale, Mich., Cobra's mission is to build premium products for the serious racer. For more information on Cobra products, please visit our website at www.cobramotorcycle.com.




3/18/2009
Cobras clean up @ Lake Whitney...Oak Hill's next!

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Cobra Racers Clean Up @ Lake Whitney, Ready To Gate For Oak Hill MX National
Lewis, Lietzel, Robertson and Forkner lead Cobra in some Texas-sized dirt bike battles to open the ‘09 amateur MX national season

Photos courtesy of Corey Bixby
Action: Cobra’s Austin Forkner on the CX65
Podium: Cobra’s Tristan Lewis (w/ his mom)

HILLSDALE, Mich., (March 18, 2009) – Future stars of American motocross - all running Cobra Motorcycles – dominated the competition at the season’s opening amateur MX national round at Texas’ 2009 Thor Lake Whitney MX Park Spring Nationals this past week/weekend.

All totalled, Cobra kid swept all four 51cc class championships, as well as scoring an impressive overall 2nd place podium finish in the 65cc 7-11 Modified class.

“Everyone at Cobra was very impressed with the performances this past weekend at Lake Whitney and we’re looking forward to the riders continuing their effort this week at Oak Hill,” said Cobra President Sean Hilbert.

Leading the charge for Cobra was National Team Plus member, Georgia’s Tristan Lewis. Aboard the #735 Cobra CX50SR, Lewis won the prestigious 51cc 4-8 Stock Open class with a come-from-behind 3rd-1st two moto finish. “This was Tristan’s first big breakthrough race,” said Hilbert. “He is really, really fast.” Note: Lewis was joined on the 51cc 4-8 Stock Open podium by Cobra Factory racer Jordan Bailey (Fla.) in 2nd and Cobra National Team racer Gavin Hultman (Ariz.) in 3rd.

Also winning a class title (51cc 7-8 Stock) on the CX50SR was Cobra National Team rider Logan Lietzel (Pa.). Lietzel, like Lewis, has to come from behind to take the class title, going 3rd/1st to win. Cobra National Plus Team racer Brandon Smith (Ariz.) was 2nd in the class and Cobra-mounted Carter Halpain (Texas) was 3rd.

In the 65cc class Cobra was led by National Team racer Austin Forkner. The ten-year-old Missouri native was nearly unstoppable when he was in control of the powerful Cobra CX65, going 2nd/2nd in the 65cc 7-11 Modified class that was chock full of former and present Cobra Factory and National Team racers.

“Austin had a great weekend on the CX65,” said Hilbert. “He had a couple falls, but in the 7-11 Mod he stayed on two wheels and finished great.”

Maybe the most dominant individual performance of the entire Lake Whitney even came from Cobra’s National Team racer, Californa’s Stilez Robertson. “Head and shoulders above everyone else,” according to Hilbert, Robertson (as legend someday will have it) failed to turn his gas on in one moto and, after pulling the holeshot, leading then stalling his bike and getting it going again, made up a 35-second deficit to win the race.

“Stilez was 20 seconds a lap (A LAP) faster than anyone,” added Hilbert of the talented six-year old. “He even pulled the holeshot in an Open 50 class moto versus all the eight-year-olds!”

Robertson won both the 51cc 4-6 Stock Oil Injection class and the 51cc 4-6 Stock class championships at Lake Whitney. Joining Robertson on the podium in the Stock Oil Injection class was Texas’ Harrison Delano in 2nd. And in the 4-6 Stock class Oregon’s Ethan Mann and Illinois’ Landon Rapp placed 2nd and 3rd, respectively.

“Congrats again on a job well-done at Lake Whitney, guys. Focus on your schoolwork then get ready to chase after it hard at Oak Hill,” said Hilbert. “The Cobra Factory support hauler is already parked at Oak Hill right now, stocked with parts and staffed with expert Cobra technicians to help you guys out this week. Again, good luck, race hard and be safe.”

Next up for the Cobra kids is this week/weekend’s second big amateur MX national of the season, the 33rd annual MSR Answer Pro Taper GNC International Motocross Final, presented by Motosport.com.

Cobra Factory Rider Hometown Class Bike

Michael Young Concord, N.C. 10-11 CX65
Lance Kobush Montgomery City, Mo. 7-8/7-9 CX50SR/CX65
Jordan Bailey Orlando, Fla. 7-8 CX50SR
Clay Woeste Florence, Ky. 7-9 CX65

National Plus Team

Brandon Smith Aztec, N.M. 7-8/7-9 CX50SR/CX65
Tanner Amarillas Gilbert, Ariz. 7-8/7-9 CX50SR/CX65
Tristan Lewis Locust Grove, Ga. 7-8/7-9 CX50SR/CX65
Gavin Hultman Gold Canyon, Ariz. 7-8/7-9 CX50SR/CX65

National Team

Brandon Hernandez Woodlake, Calif. 7-8 CX50SR
Tanner Craddock Weir, Kan. 7-8/7-9 CX50SR/65
Stilez Robertson Bakersfield, Calif. 4-6 CX50JR
Austin Forkner Richards, Mo. 10-11 CX65
Logan Lietzel Dillsburg, Pa. 7-8 CX50SR
Zach Smith Laingsburg, Mich. 7-8 CX50SR
Dawson Evitts Auburn, Pa. 7-9 CX65
Jonathan Lee Rockingham, N.C. 7-8/7-9 CX50SR/65
Michael Hicks Fenton, Mo. 7-8/7-9 CX50SR/65
Weston Geim Valencia, Calif. 7-8 CX50SR
Josh Strickland Zebulon, N.C. 7-8 CX50SR
Jackson Turpin Locust Grove, Ga. 7-8/7-9 CX50SR/65
Preston Yost Queens Creek, Ariz. 7-8/7-9 CX50SR/65
Cullin Park Clermont, Fla. 7-8/7-9 CX50SR/65
Kruz Sampson Lebanon, Tenn. 7-8/7-9 CX50SR/65
Jack Rogers Brookville, Md. 7-8/7-9 CX50SR/65

Cobra, founded in 1993, produces the most successful line of competition mini cycles and mini quads in the United States with more than 200 national titles in the last decade. Based out of Hillsdale, Mich., Cobra's mission is to build premium products for the serious racer. For more information on Cobra products, please visit our website at www.cobramotorcycle.com.

High Profile Public Relations (HPPR), LLC, is a multi-faceted communications agency specializing in strategic media relations – both industry and mainstream – for the powersports and action sports communities. Dialed in with all forms of power and action sports, its participants, manufacturers and live event promoters, HPPR’s Pat Schutte can be reached at (734) 369-2170 and pat@highprofilepr.com.




3/10/2009
Cobra Introduces Its '09 Factory & National Team Riders!

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Cobra Racers Are Primed & Ready For Texas Amateur MX National Openers
Cobra will support amateur racing like never before in 2009!

Photo: Cobra Factory racer Clay Woeste

HILLSDALE, Mich., (March 10, 2009) – Cobra Motorcycles is proud to announce today its Factory, National Plus and National teams for the 2009 amateur MX national season beginning this week in Lake Whitney, Texas.

The all-time winningest American-made motocross bike, Cobra and its racers are poised to face two battles this summer – those on the track and those involving the recent turn of events with the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) and how its ill-fated new lead law is effecting the motocross industry and U.S. powersports dealers in general.

And all this at a time when the downturned economy is having a decided effect on racer turnout at the eight major amateur MX national events, not to mention the hundreds of regional races involving Cobra racers that take place coast-to-coast every weekend. Be it as it may, the American-made Cobra Motorcycle Company is standing strong by its riders and families and, with a lot of hard work, we’re all pulling through this together to go racing!

“Amateur racing’s what we do and all winter we’ve been looking forward to beginning the 2009 competition season this week in Texas,” said Cobra President Sean Hilbert. “We’re already preparing to improve our position at the national races with even more Cobra support and service to our customers. And we’re expanding our contingency programs next year to cover more types of events.”

That said, Cobra would like to introduce the 2009 Cobra Factory and National Plus teams:

Cobra Factory Rider Hometown Class Bike

Michael Young Concord, N.C. 10-11 CX65
Lance Kobush Montgomery City, Mo. 7-8/7-9 CX50SR/CX65
Jordan Bailey Orlando, Fla. 7-8 CX50SR
Clay Woeste Florence, Ky. 7-9 CX65

National Plus Team

Brandon Smith Aztec, N.M. 7-8/7-9 CX50SR/CX65
Tanner Amarillas Gilbert, Ariz. 7-8/7-9 CX50SR/CX65
Tristan Lewis Locust Grove, Ga. 7-8/7-9 CX50SR/CX65
Gavin Hultman Gold Canyon, Ariz. 7-8/7-9 CX50SR/CX65

By virtue of the fact that Cobra is an American company, they also support more than just racing. More than 80-percent of all Cobra motorcycles are built with parts manufactured in the United States. From raw materials, castings, forgings, extrusions, stampings, painting, plating, heat treating, tubing, polishing, decals – engines, frames, gas tanks, swing arms – are all built by American workers at companies here in the United States. Cobra’s proud of the fact that its helping to support families on and off the track.

“Cobra doesn’t have to choose what division or what products we will support in these tough times,” said Hilbert. “We don’t make road bikes, generators, snow throwers, scooters, outboard motors or cars. And other than watching Cobra graduates (Millsaps, Alessi, Stroupe, Canard, Izzi, Bowers, etc.) climb the ranks, we don’t have much interest in the professional side of the sport. Therefore our decision to put all of our efforts behind amateur racing is an easy one.”

From bike builders to racer promoters, this past year’s amateur national motocross circuit was no doubt affected by the economy as well. But according to Hilbert, Cobra’s brand was represented even better than other brands at all of the 2008 major amateur MX events. “Cobra families pulled together and did what they had to do to get to the race track,” he said. “And you have no idea how that motivates us as a company and has us working those extra hours, driving those extra miles to insure the entire Cobra family is taken care of.”

National Team

Brandon Hernandez Woodlake, Calif. 7-8 CX50SR
Tanner Craddock Weir, Kan. 7-8/7-9 CX50SR/65
Stilez Robertson Bakersfield, Calif. 4-6 CX50JR
Austin Forkner Richards, Mo. 10-11 CX65
Logan Lietzel Dillsburg, Pa. 7-8 CX50SR
Zach Smith Laingsburg, Mich. 7-8 CX50SR
Dawson Evitts Auburn, Pa. 7-9 CX65
Jonathan Lee Rockingham, N.C. 7-8/7-9 CX50SR/65
Michael Hicks Fenton, Mo. 7-8/7-9 CX50SR/65
Weston Geim Valencia, Calif. 7-8 CX50SR
Josh Strickland Zebulon, N.C. 7-8 CX50SR
Jackson Turpin Locust Grove, Ga. 7-8/7-9 CX50SR/65
Preston Yost Queens Creek, Ariz. 7-8/7-9 CX50SR/65
Cullin Park Clermont, Fla. 7-8/7-9 CX50SR/65
Kruz Sampson Lebanon, Tenn. 7-8/7-9 CX50SR/65
Jack Rogers Brookville, Md. 7-8/7-9 CX50SR/65


Cobra, founded in 1993, produces the most successful line of competition mini cycles and mini quads in the United States with more than 200 national titles in the last decade. Based out of Hillsdale, Mich., Cobra's mission is to build premium products for the serious racer. For more information on Cobra products, please visit our website at www.cobramotorcycle.com.

High Profile Public Relations (HPPR), LLC, is a multi-faceted communications agency specializing in strategic media relations – both industry and mainstream – for the powersports and action sports communities. Dialed in with all forms of power and action sports, its participants, manufacturers and live event promoters, HPPR’s Pat Schutte can be reached at (734) 369-2170 and pat@highprofilepr.com.




2/20/2009
AMA Supercross Interview


Thanks to Rupert X...As posted on the AMA Supercross Week VIII Blog (http://www.amasupercross.com/ViewPost.aspx?postId=128)

2/19/2009

A regularly updated blog by Rupert X Pellett...

Feb. 19.5
Whether it's the dealer show at Indy, in the pits at a Monster Energy AMA Supercross race or in the warehouse of a motorcycle manufacturer in Michigan, everybody busy with the business of motorcycles is talking about the CPSIA.

No, it doesn't stand for "Cat Peoples' Spaghetti Insurance Alliance." It's the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act and, what it has done, effective Feb. 10 of this year, is effectively prohibit the sale of small dirtbikes. It's wacked. Insanity in 10 cities.

Here, I'll let Sean Hilbert of Cobra Motorcycles (www.cobramotorcycle.com) talk about things. He builds American-made kids dirt bikes in Michigan. He chatted to Rush Limbaugh on nationally syndicated radio this week. Right here, right now, he talks to us.

InTERRAgation 9 with Rupert X: Cobra Motorcycle’s Sean Hilbert

Q: Sean, what involved you at 9:59 this morn?
A: A visit to Michigan Representative Mark Schauer's office. I was happy to see his lobby covered with Michigan International Speedway pictures and racing memorabilia. I can only hope that he will be on our side. Some further meetings will tell.

Q: What the heck were you doing on the nationally syndicated Rush Limbaugh show this week?
A: Well, as a smaller OEM in this industry, I can be a little more aggressive in public forums than the other guys can, and I felt it was important that someone got the word out. There are a lot of folks from other OEMs, the AMA, and other places like the Missouri State Legislature who are working very hard behind the scenes, but for many reasons they can't be as vocal. No matter what your politics are, an audience of 20 million people is an important one to hit.

Q: Were you satisfied with the way the dialogue went?
A: For the most part... There are always things you look back on and wish you would have said. There are the technical mistakes like saying that "each and every part" of the bike needed to be tested (only the accessible parts do). I also wish I would have used a few more statistics, such as 13,000 family-owned dealers being affected. Other than that, I'm pleased.

Q: Cobra Motorcycles are kids motorcycles, minibikes. How do the recently mandated governmental policies affect you?
A: Like I told Rush, the biggest affect on Cobra will be testing requirements and the costs associated with them. If the testing mandate holds, I sure hope that companies like Cobra can use information from suppliers, such as native material certifications. If we can't, then the cost of doing third-party testing on all accessible components will be a burden I'm not sure we will be able to take on. Hopefully, powersports products will be exempted from the CPSIA, and we will never have to get to that point.

Q: Do you still have that REV motorcycle you developed a few years back?
A: It sits in the Cobra Museum right next to the original King 50 that was on display at the Motocross in America Exhibit. We're saving a place next to it for your sidecar scooter...

Q: Why don’t you guys produce a 125 or 250 two-stroke? Seems like there’s a market there…
A: Someday. Right now we're still hyper focused on the youth market.

Q: What motorcycle inspired you, as a kid?
A: Several, actually. When I was a kid, my next door neighbor had an early '70s Maico 125, and that bike really started my metal lust. I raced a 1978 YZ80 that had a DG Swingarm and a Curnitt shock that I really liked as well, but it was my 1986 Honda CR250 that really inspired me. That was the Decoster era at Honda, and those bikes were so well done it was scary. The other bike that really stands out in my mind was Eddie Hicks' aluminum framed YZ80 that Dave Miller did. That bike was a work of art.

Q: What countries have you shipped Cobras (the bike, not the serpent) to?
A: More all the time. The most recent container that we shipped had bikes and ATVs destined for England, Sweden, Denmark, Scotland, Ireland and Estonia. We ship regularly to Australia, Canada, Mexico, Columbia, Ecuador and South Africa. The most unique order was a shipment of bikes to the United Arab Emirates.

Q: Where do you go on vacation?
A: For some reason, I'm in a rut. For Spring Break, I always go to Las Vegas, and each summer I spend a week at this little ranch in Tennessee...




2/18/2009
Cobra's Call To Action!

Transcript From Cobra Motorcycle President Sean Hilbert On The Rush Limbaugh Show!
Hilbert chimes in on America’s No. 1 listened-to radio talk show and helps explain the CPSIA lead ruling issue to Limbaugh and his listeners

HILLSDALE, Mich., (Feb. 18, 2009) – Along with many other companies that serve our sport, Cobra has been doing its best to make everyone aware of how harmful the CPSIA is to U.S. powersports dealers, and how this law is ill-targeted at the motorcycle and ATV industry. Below is a transcript of Sean's conversation with Rush.

Not mentioned in the transcript below is what you can do to help our cause. Please...if you haven't already take the time to go to www.amadirectlink.com Click on “Rights” then click on “Issues and Legislation” then click on “Take Action” in the Blue Box. You can also send a letter to the CPSC and Congress by going to www.tomself.com and signing your name. DO IT NOW!

The text of Hilbert and Limbaugh’s discussion, courtesy of www.rushlimbaugh.com:

RUSH: Ladies and gentlemen, I mentioned this story yesterday, and here are the details. It's an AP story from Helena, Montana: "A new national limit on lead in children's products -- which has toy makers scrambling for new testing methods and retailers for storage space for inventory they're not sure they can sell -- also is forcing motorcycle dealers to pull dirt bikes off showroom floors. It became illegal Tuesday to sell off-road machines geared for children younger than 12 because parts in them contain lead at levels greater than 600 parts per million. Most motor vehicles have such parts. 'I think they took this law a little too far,' said Margie Hicklin-Krsul, the owner of Redline Sports, a sports bike dealership in Butte. 'I've never had anyone come in and say, "My child keeps putting parts of his motorcycle into his mouth."'"

So you could say here that government regulations are about to ruin yet another business. I'm unable to get to the bottom of this. People have been sending me so much stuff I've gotten confused now. The esoteric analysis of this, it's above my pay grade to listen to some of these scholars write about this stuff, but apparently it's possible, and I'm not sure if it's the case, some people believe that it is, that children's books, hardcover children's books printed before 1985 will become illegal because of lead content in the manufacture of some hardcover books. Now, some people say, "No, no, no, no, no, this been changed," others say, "No it hasn't been changed." It's like so many other things in the stimulus bill, most people don't know really what's in it yet and won't know until it's signed this afternoon and people start implementing what's in it. Do you realize people can do whatever they want and say it's in the stimulus bill and who's going to know? Nobody has read this thing. So the stimulus bill can be pretty much what anybody wants it to be. But the dirt bike provision here is a pretty serious thing, and it's more government regulation ruining or threatening to ruin yet another business under the rubric here that we just can't police ourselves, we can't protect ourselves, we're too stupid, we're too idiotic to know what's good for us, or at least a few of us are and since some of us are so stupid and incompetent, rules have to be written for all of us.

RUSH: Hillsdale, Michigan. This is Sean. It's great to have you on the program, sir. Hello.

SEAN/COBRA: Hi, Rush. How are you doing today?

RUSH: Just fine. Thank you.

SEAN/COBRA: Good. Rush, I'm calling about the CPSIA, or the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 --

RUSH: Yeah?

SEAN/COBRA: -- and how it's affecting some of the small businesses around this country.

RUSH: Well, that's the lead rules. Yeah.

SEAN/COBRA: The lead rules, exactly. You referred to them in your last bit. There's two things about this act that really I think need to be brought to light and the first one is, how the act came to be. You know, I've been around the automotive industry for years and when legislation and regulation came in to those industries, there was years to react; years of time to be able to react to new rules and redesign products and whatnot. And this act was passed last August, it was kind of sprung on everybody this winter, and now companies like mine who manufacture products for the off-road motorcycle market are literally blindsided and given only a few weeks to react to this whole thing. I think that's one of the reasons why there's so much uproar around this new legislation.



RUSH: Well, the uproar is just now starting to build. I wouldn't even call it an uproar yet. I think it's just now starting to percolate. I don't think it's reached uproar status at all. Which is why we here on the cutting edge of societal evolution, if there's going to be big problems, we'll tell you about it when it's small. You're in the dirt bike business, right?

SEAN/COBRA: Yeah, yeah. Our company focuses on the youth off-road market, mostly on the high performance end of things. We're the only manufacturer in the US of this kind of product. We're a small business. We have under 50 employees, but we use several manufacturers around the country for our products. We actually have about a hundred other countries that rely on our business to help stay in business. So the tentacles that are out in the marketplace, even though we're a small company here, are pretty deep.

RUSH: I know. This is sad. It's happening to every industry that the government attacks. The Congress has attacked the private jet industry. You wouldn't believe the number of orders that have been canceled. The ripples throughout that industry, which I tried to chronicle last week, are profound. I had a story yesterday that I did not get to but it was a story about the Ritz-Carlton at Half Moon Bay in California. They've had 30 cancellations of golf trips -- conventions, business golf trips -- because these people simply don't want to go someplace nice to appear conspicuous. So the ripples of commerce, ripples of these attacks and the class envy are happening throughout the country. Your business, making dirt bikes, is all about inventory. I read a story that there are some retailers, Sean, that have a hundred million dollars worth of inventory they may have to take off the showroom in weeks just to comply with this stupid law! Because the kids, of course, are going to come in and lick the lead parts that are in these dirt bikes and of course they might get sick and die and so forth. This is a tragedy that's happening throughout the American capitalist system. There's an all-out assault on it.

SEAN/COBRA: Yeah, there is -- and, Rush, to clarify one point there, they've already taken their products off the shelves. This has happened last week. The big four manufacturers (the big four being Honda, Suzuki, Kawasaki and Yamaha) have all mandated that their dealers take everything off the floor and this weekend I was at a trade show. I talked to a lot of these dealers, and a lot of them are on the brink anyway because of the shape our economy is. This is enough in many cases to just push them over the edge.

RUSH: Right. Because if you can't put your product on the showroom and you can't display it, how do you sell it?

SEAN/COBRA: That's it. That's it. So that's the first part of this issue. The second part that needs to be brought to light is the testing requirements that the CPSC is putting in place, and they put a reprieve of one year on these requirements, but the fact of the matter is that each and every component of one of these kids' products -- it could be a motorcycle or it can be anything. But as of February of 2010 each and every component has to be tested by a third-party, government-accredited laboratory. And we've done some initial looks into this. We've obviously tested a lot of our parts already, from non-accredited labs because the accreditation process isn't even done yet. But to do this is going to cost us about one year of revenues, which is, you know, obviously that's going to put companies like ours completely out of business.

RUSH: Why don't you just pass the prices along to the consumer? You know, amortize it over an annual bunch of sales, and pass it along to the buyers?

SEAN/COBRA: Sure. Sure. I think that's the mind-set of the people that wrote the legislation, but you and I both know that it doesn't work that way.

RUSH: Obviously. They think you can pass your cost on like they can.

SEAN/COBRA: Yeah. Sure.

RUSH: Well, now, let me ask. You've done a lot of looking into this. People hear you speak this way, and they just can't believe that their own government would take action like this so punitive as to put an industry out of business. But that's a real possibility with you, isn't it?

SEAN/COBRA: Absolutely. And it's not just dirt bikes. I think dirt bikes and ATVs got brought to the forefront mostly because of the companies. I'm not speaking of my own company in this case, but the other big companies that are in this business are big targets. They're big targets for trial lawyers, they're big targets for legislators, and they don't want to appear dirty in this thing.

RUSH: Well, you see, you've just mentioned one of the motivation ideas for doing something like this. This is a pure payback to the trial lawyers for their loyal support, hefty donations to the Democrats. You come up with all these ridiculous laws like lead in books, children's books before 1985; lead above a certain allowable limit in say the product you manufacture; and you just open the door for tort lawyers to come in here and round up supposedly aggrieved citizens who unwittingly purchase one of these products. Their kids then got it home and started licking it, got sick and so forth, and, "Why didn't you tell us these were dangerous? We thought motorcycles were to be driven, but my kids tried to eat it and my kid got sick!" You know, the jury, "You evil, rotten manufacturers," because the Democrats have done such a great job of creating hatred for big business, small business in this country. So that's one of the inspirations for legislation like this is to provide a target-rich environment for trial lawyers, who need movement. They need movement. They need people having accidents.

SEAN/COBRA: Rush, I'm not so sure that some of the motivation behind this wasn't kind of a trade barrier in disguise as well.

RUSH: How so? Explain that to people.

SEAN/COBRA: Well, if you look at the history of this whole thing and how it got started, it really came about, what was it, maybe two years ago when lead was found in infants' toys; and most of those infants' toys (in fact all the ones that had lead in them) happened to come from China so there was outrage, there was lots of talk about what are we going to do about this and the CPSIA really is the end result of all that, but I think -- and this is just a guess at this point, but I think -- what was kind of a feel-good piece of legislation that nobody was willing to vote against because it was For the Children ended up throwing a huge net around many industries that nobody even anticipated. And dirt bikes are certainly one of those. But I think that the government in some way didn't really think through that a whole lot because they were thinking, "Well, you know what? China's involved here," and a lot of this is kind of a punishment, payback for taking jobs away," so to speak, and there was no thought of the ramification it was going to have to American business.

RUSH: The old unintended consequences.

SEAN/COBRA: Sure. Sure.
RUSH: Well, you are very charitable to your government, who has passed legislation that could essentially shut you down. I don't buy this unintended consequences business. There are too many of them, too often, too frequently -- and I think we have a Democrat leadership now who professes a full disdain for our capitalist system, and whatever they can do to change it, they'll do.

End Transcript

Cobra, founded in 1993, produces the most successful line of competition mini cycles and mini quads in the United States with more than 200 national titles in the last decade. Based out of Hillsdale, Mich., Cobra's mission is to build premium products for the serious racer. For more information on Cobra products, please visit our website at www.cobramotorcycle.com.

High Profile Public Relations (HPPR), LLC, is a multi-faceted communications agency specializing in strategic media relations – both industry and mainstream – for the powersports and action sports communities. Dialed in with all forms of power and action sports, its participants, manufacturers and live event promoters, HPPR’s Pat Schutte can be reached at (734) 369-2170 and pat@highprofilepr.com.




1/15/2009
Banner Year For Cobra In 2008...'09 Could Be Even Better!

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Cobra Again Dominates The World With Its Competition King Cobra Mini Cycle Line!
2008 was another banner year for the American-made competition mini cycles as Cobra riders won titles at every major MX national

HILLSDALE, Mich., (Jan. 15, 2009) – Throughout the history of American motocross no other motorcycle has dominated a class like the American-made Cobra competition mini cycles have done in the 50cc class since 1993. And this year Cobra riders from all over the nation – and now international – added to Cobra’s untouchable record of more than 200 amateur championships won at major MX national events.

And if 2008 is any forecast, 2009’s going to be HUGE for the Michigan-made competition Cobra mini cycles!

Beginning the 2008 amateur MX national season in Texas at Lake Whitney and Oak Hill, Cobra riders put the hammer down early and swept the season openers. The biggest news out of Texas last March was Factory Cobra’s Michael Young (Concord, N.C.), aboard the new Cobra CX65, becoming the first racer in American motocross history to win a major 65cc class amateur motocross championship on an American-made motorcycle when he won the 65cc 7-9 Modified class.

“Michael’s effort at Lake Whitney on the CX65 was a very important championship win for the Cobra brand,” said Sean Hilbert, President of Cobra Motorcycles. “We’ll always look back to that weekend in Texas as the first time our CX65 was on top of the overall podium.”

In Lake Whitney’s 51cc Open class Cobra’s Tanner Stack (Oak Grove, Mo.) was victorious, as was Sean Cantrell (Newbury Park, Calif.) in the 51cc 7-8 Stock class and “Lightning” Lance Kobush (New Florence, Mo.) in the 51cc 4-6 Stock class. Oak Hill featured much of the same as Cobra’s Cantrell and Stack went at it again, this time with Cantrell sweeping the second major MX national in Texas. And in the little guys’ class (4-6 Mod and Stock) it was Alabama’s Kyle Lucas who would sweep both Oak Hill titles.

In the 65cc class (7-9 Stock) at Lake Whitney Austin Forkner (Richards, Mo.) placed 3rd on the CX65 and Young scored a runner-up 2nd place finish at Oak Hill in the 65cc 7-9 Stock class. Noteworthy: All totaled, every rider on both the 65cc 7-9 Stock and Modified class podiums were either on a Cobra or raced one in the past.

Stepping up to the famed Vegas Mini GP the following month, Cantrell would continue his reign on the 7-8 PW division, sweeping both the Stock and Modified classes with both Stack, Michael Moisman (Sebastopol, Calif.) and Gavin Hultman (Apache Junction, Ariz.) hot on his tail. Moisman would then step up and take the overall win in the Vegas GP’s 50cc class’ finale – the 6-9 Super Pee Wee race. Leading the younger guys was Brandon Hernandez (Woodlake, Calif.) who won the Through 6 50cc Modified class and Preston Yost (Queen Creek, Ariz.) who won the Stock title.

Following Vegas Cobras swarmed all over the competition at the annual Ponca City (Okla.) MX National, sweeping just about every title in sight including a 1-2-3 podium sweep in the competition’s premier race, the 6-9 Super Pee Wee. In that contest Cantrell added another title to go with his 7-8 Pro Mod championship and was joined on the Ponca Super Pee Wee podium by Moisman (2nd) and Florida’s Jordan Bailey (3rd).

The little guys were led by Cobra’s Kobush who swept both of the Ponca Through 6 PW Stock and Mod titles!

All this success set Cobra up for what could possibly be a big disappointment at the year’s premier amateur MX national event – the 2009 Ski Nautiques AMA Amateur National Motocross Championships at Loretta Lynn’s Ranch in Hurricane Mills, Tenn., aka “Loretta’s.” But Cobra racers were up to the task and leading the pack on their King 50s with championship sweeps in the premier 50cc class divisions by Kentucky’s Clay Woeste (51cc 7-8 AMA 2 Stock class) and Kobush (51cc 4-6 AMA 1 Stock class), each bringing home the coveted “Loretta’s National Champion” No. 1 plate.

Said Hilbert: “Lance was on it all weekend – three holeshots, three moto wins and never even challenged,” said Cobra President Sean Hilbert of Kobush, who’s middle name “Lightning” was given to him by NASCAR driver Carl Edwards. “And Clay was unbelievable. Fell on the first lap of the third moto and raced all the way back to 2nd. Feet off the pegs, wide open throttle – he looked like a little Bob Hannah!”

In addition to Cobra/Kobush’s win in the 4-6 Stock 1 class, Florida’s Cullin Park and Yost would round out the podium in 2nd and 3rd overall, respectively. And in the 7-8 Stock 2 class, Stack and Cantrell would complete the factory Cobra sweep (along with Woeste winning) of the 51cc podiums, going 2nd/3rd. In all Cobras would capture ten of the top ten spots in the 4-6 class (100-percent) and eight of the top ten (80-percent) places in the 7-8 class at the world’s premier amateur motocross competition!

Next up on the national MX radar was the Branson, Mo., MX National, which would give fans of the “Cobra Generation” (a title bestowed upon the industry by pro MXer Tyler Bowers) a glimpse of Chase Sexton – one of the guys who would carry the Cobra torch through the second half of the amateur MX national season. Champions at Branson along with Illinois’ Sexton (Super Pee Wee) included: North Carolina’s Justin Dunn (PW Mod 7-8), Pennsylvania’s Logan Leitzel (PW Stock 7-8), California’s Stilez Robertson (PW Stock 4-6) and Tennessee’s Kruz Sampson (PW Mod 4-6).

Also noteworthy at Branson was another amateur national podium finish for the Cobra CX65 with Canada’s Cole De Konick finishing 3rd in the 65 JR CY Stock 6-8 class.

Back to school for Cobra kids following Branson, bikes were parked and school books were cracked – but the eagerness to race continued to build and the energy was finally released this past November at the 37th annual Winter National Olympics – aka the Mini Os – at Florida’s Gatorback MX Park. Sexton and Park, competing in the 4-6/Junior and 7-8/Senior classes, respectively, each swept 1st place in both the Supercross competition and the Motocross competition on their Cobra King 50s. Bailey (2nd) and Dunn (3rd) would then join Sexton on the podium in a season-ending Cobra sweep of the Mini Os’ 7-8 SX class. And Cobra’s Tristan Lewis (Locust Grove, Ga.) was flying as well, finishing 2nd in the 7-8 Stock MX class

“We can’t thank the Cobra family enough,” said Hilbert. “From the kids who race our bikes, to dads and families that join them on the weekends, to our suppliers and dealers – thanks again to everyone that’s helped create and maintain the legend of Cobra competition mini cycles. We look forward to seeing everyone here in a couple months when the competition season opens in Texas.”

Cobra, founded in 1993, produces the most successful line of competition mini cycles and mini quads in the United States with more than 200 national titles in the last decade. Based out of Hillsdale, Mich., Cobra's mission is to build premium products for the serious racer. For more information on Cobra products, please visit our website at www.cobramotorcycle.com.

High Profile Public Relations (HPPR), LLC, is a multi-faceted communications agency specializing in strategic media relations – both industry and mainstream – for the powersports and action sports communities. Dialed in with all forms of power and action sports, its participants, manufacturers and live event promoters, HPPR’s Pat Schutte can be reached at (734) 369-2170 and pat@highprofilepr.com.




12/2/2008
Cobras clean house @ Mini Os!

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Cobra Racers Cullin Park & Chase Sexton Successfully Defend Cobra’s Mini Os’ 50cc Titles
Park sweeps the 4-6 MX and SX crowns and Sexton is tops in both the 7-8 MX and SX classes; two Cobra CX65 racers make the top ten overall

Photos courtesy of Corey Bixby

HILLSDALE, Mich., (Dec. 2, 2008) – Cobra-mounted racers successfully defended the Michigan-based company’s 50cc class titles at the 37th annual Winter National Olympics – aka the Mini Os – at Florida’s Gatorback MX Park this past weekend, adding four more crowns to the already unmatchable Cobra mini cycle championship lineage.

Florida’s Cullin Park and Illinois’ Chase Sexton, competing in the 4-6/Junior and 7-8/Senior classes, respectively, each swept 1st place in both the Supercross competition and the Motocross competition on their Cobra King 50s at the last major amateur national event of the season. In addition, Massachusetts’ Jake Pinhancos (8th, 7-9 65cc MX Stock) and Missouri’s Austin Forkner (5th, 7-9 SX Stock) put up top ten finishes on the new Cobra CX65.

“We’re obviously pleases with Cullin’s and Chase’s performances in the 50cc class races, defending Cobra’s Mini Os titles in those classes for yet another year,” said Cobra President Sean Hilbert. “We also had three times the number of Cobra 65s competing down there than we had last year, so it was good to hear all the positive feedback on the new CX65. So all things said, it was another great week for Cobra at the Mini Os.”

Joining Park on the 4-6 MX class podium was Tennessee’s Kruz Sampson (2nd) and Maryland’s Jack Rogers (3rd). In all Cobras swept the top ten spots in the 4-6 MX class and 19 of the top 20 spots! In the 4-6 SX class it was much of the same Cobra dominance as Park was joined on the podium by Maryland’s Jarrett Frye (2nd) and Florida’s Jalek Swoll (3rd). In all Cobra kids swept 19 of the top 20 spots in the 4-6 SX class!

In the 7-8 SX class Florida’s Jordan Bailey (2nd) and North Carolina’s Justin Dunn (3rd) joined Sexton on the podium. And in the MX class it would have been another Cobra clean sweep had Dunn, who won the first 7-8 MX class moto, not got punted off the track late in the second moto and New York’s David Milana been able to hold the 3rd place position he got in the first moto. 7-year Old Tristan Lewis showed a glimpse of what is possible next year as he held a commanding lead before slipping to second place behind a charging Sexton in the final MX moto.

Cobra kids have some time now to get caught up on their schoolwork before the start of the 2009 competition season. Look for Cobra’s annual season recap hitting the MX press here soon!

Cobra, founded in 1993, produces the most successful line of competition mini cycles and mini quads in the United States with more than 200 national titles in the last decade. Based out of Hillsdale, Mich., Cobra's mission is to build premium products for the serious racer. For more information on Cobra products, please visit our website at www.cobramotorcycle.com.

High Profile Public Relations (HPPR), LLC, is a multi-faceted communications agency specializing in strategic media relations – both industry and mainstream – for the powersports and action sports communities. Dialed in with all forms of power and action sports, its participants, manufacturers and live event promoters, HPPR’s Pat Schutte can be reached at (734) 369-2170 and pat@highprofilepr.com.




11/24/2008
Cobras flash fangs @ Gatorback!

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Cobra Riders Throttle Up & Dig Their Knobbies Into Gatorback @ The Annual Amateur Mini Os!
Justin Dunn and Austin Forkner lead Cobra into the week-long battle in Gainesville, Fla., as Cobra looks to again sweep all the Mini Os’ titles

HILLSDALE, Mich., (Nov. 24, 2008) – Loud, proud & drawin’ a crowd – that’s what it is for the Cobra line of competition mini cycles down in Florida this week as they take to the famed Gatorback Cycle Park dirt for the 37th annual Winter National Olympics – aka the Mini Os – to defend their entire 50cc class podium sweep (Jr./4-6 & Sr./7-8) in both the Motocross and Supercross portions of the season’s last major national amateur motocross competition.

Leading the way for Cobra in the Senior class are Justin Dunn, Chase Sexton, Jordan Bailey, David Milana and Tristan Lewis. And in the Junior class it’ll be Jackson Turpin, Jack Rogers, Cullin Park, Jarrett Frye, Kruz Sampson and Grant Doolittle.

“Everything’s underway and all of our kids had a good showing here on the first day of competition,” said Cobra President Sean Hilbert who’s in Florida all week. “Bit cold at night here, but the track looks excellent. They’ve changed the supercross layout from last year and it suits our little guys real well.”

Along with Cobra being the defending champion in SX and MX in both the Senior and Junior classes (as well as sweeping the entire podium in every class), Hilbert pointed out that the Cobra CX65 stands a solid chance of improving upon its already rising status in the 65cc class as Austin Forkner will be one of the favorites to podium in the 7-9 division. Forkner is joined by Michael Hicks (a seven-year-old who’s also contesting the 50cc Senior class), Dawson Ebbitts and Canada’s Cole Dekoninck in running the American-made Cobra CX65 against a field of international bikes.

“We brought down several 2009 CX65s to demo and the kids just loved them,” added Hilbert. “So in addition to the usual Cobra-backed riders, three other kids parked the bikes they were going to race on in favor of the CX65!”

Note: Several of Cobra’s top racers this summer, including Clay Woeste, Sean Cantrell and Michael Young are not racing this week. Woeste, the 51cc 7-8 AMA 2 Stock class national champion at Loretta’s, has a banged up shoulder and Young (North Carolina) and Cantrell (California) opted out of the event. Cobra’s other Loretta’s champ, “Lightning” Lance Kobush, will be at Gatorback later this week to contest the Junior MX class.

Stay tuned to www.cobramotorcycle.com for updates throughout the week. You can also check out the Mini Os at Gatorback Cycle Park in Gainesville, Fla., Nov. 24-29, on the track’s website: http://www.unlimitedsportsmx.com/

Cobra, founded in 1993, produces the most successful line of competition mini cycles and mini quads in the United States with more than 200 national titles in the last decade. Based out of Hillsdale, Mich., Cobra's mission is to build premium products for the serious racer. For more information on Cobra products, please visit our website at www.cobramotorcycle.com.

High Profile Public Relations (HPPR), LLC, is a multi-faceted communications agency specializing in strategic media relations – both industry and mainstream – for the powersports and action sports communities. Dialed in with all forms of power and action sports, its participants, manufacturers and live event promoters, HPPR’s Pat Schutte can be reached at (734) 369-2170 and pat@highprofilepr.com.




11/14/2008
Dylan & Nicolas win big in Canada!

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Cobra’s Nicolas Dewitt and Dylan Montalvo Step Up As Top Canadian Amateur MX Racers
Montalvo is the 2008 Alberta Provincials 50cc 4-6 champ and joins Dewitt as the 2008 Alberta 50cc Arenacross champions in their respective classes

HILLSDALE, Mich., (Nov. 14, 2008) – Cobra headquarters received a note from Alberta, Canada, today on a couple Cobra riders that stepped it up and won some big-time titles here recently on their 50cc class Cobra competition mini cycles.

Dylan Montalvo (#90) and Nicolas Dewitt (#55), both hailing from Calgary, Alberta, won numerous championships for Cobra during the 2008 competition season in Canada.

Beginning with Dylan, the 4-6 50cc class racer won the Brooks SOAB (Southern Alberta) and the Alix SOAB competitions and captured the championship in the Southern Alberta Spring MX Series. He also placed 2nd in the highly competitive Western (Can.) Amateur Nationals. Dylan also won the Alberta Arenacross championship in the 4-6 50cc class, along with the Southern Alberta Fall Series and the Alberta Provincials (4-6 50cc).

Nicolas was equally impressive. The defending 2007 Southern Alberta MX Spring Series 7-8 50cc champion and ’07 MRP Montana Arenacross Champion, Nicolas won the 2008 Alberta Arenacross 50cc 7-8 title as well as the ’08 Spring and Fall Southern Alberta MX Series championships.

Note: Both Dylan and Nicolas are featured in the Sept./Oct. issue of MXP Magazine (p. 88).

So here’s a BIG “Way to go, guys” from everybody at Cobra!

Next up for the Cobra factory and supported racers here in the States is the Winter National Olympics, aka the “Mini Os” at Gatorback Cycle Park in Gainesville, Fla., Nov. 24-29.

Cobra, founded in 1993, produces the most successful line of competition mini cycles and mini quads in the United States with more than 200 national titles in the last decade. Based out of Hillsdale, Mich., Cobra's mission is to build premium products for the serious racer. For more information on Cobra products, please visit our website at www.cobramotorcycle.com.

High Profile Public Relations (HPPR), LLC, is a multi-faceted communications agency specializing in strategic media relations – both industry and mainstream – for the powersports and action sports communities. Dialed in with all forms of power and action sports, its participants, manufacturers and live event promoters, HPPR’s Pat Schutte can be reached at (734) 369-2170 and pat@highprofilepr.com.












11/5/2008
Aussie wins big on Cobra ECX70!

Australian Racer Wins 90cc 2ST & 125cc 4ST National Titles On His Cobra ECX70 Mini Quad

Photo courtesy of ATVPOD.com.au

HILLSDALE, Mich., (Nov. 5, 2008) – Australian Cobra mini quad racer Chris Bosnakis stepped up a couple classes and brought home two national titles on his Cobra ECX70 mini quad!

The Smithton, Australia, native recently captured top overall honors in the 90cc 2ST class and 125cc 4ST class – winning both on his Cobra ECX70 mini quad!

“Christopher won all five races – most by more than a minute on his Cobra,” said Chris’ dad. “His dominant ability is evident in Cobra’s power and reliability.

Cobra, founded in 1993, produces the most successful line of competition mini cycles and mini quads in the United States with more than 200 national titles in the last decade. Based out of Hillsdale, Mich., Cobra's mission is to build premium products for the serious racer. For more information on Cobra products, please visit our website at www.cobramotorcycle.com.

High Profile Public Relations (HPPR), LLC, is a multi-faceted communications agency specializing in strategic media relations – both industry and mainstream – for the powersports and action sports communities. Dialed in with all forms of power and action sports, its participants, manufacturers and live event promoters, HPPR’s Pat Schutte can be reached at (734) 369-2170 and pat@highprofilepr.com.




10/30/2008
Cobra ATV Wins GNCC Title!

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Cobra’s Josh Merritt Wins Overall GNCC Youth ATV Title On The Cobra ECX80 Mini Quad
Last year’s runner-up in the division dominated by Cobra mini quads is this year’s champ, brining the overall title back to his home state of Ohio

HILLSDALE, Mich., (Oct. 29, 2008) – Cobra mini quad racer Josh Merritt, 15, and his ECX80 had about one goal this summer – win the Cobra-dominated Can Am Grand National Cross Country Series’ Youth 13-15 class. And win the Akron, Ohio, native did, actually wrapping up the title early with a completely dominant performance this summer on the 12-round circuit.

Merritt, who turned 15 in August, will have a shot to defend his GNCC championship in 2009. In fact his dad, Don, says the plan is to do just that – as long as the teenager doesn’t outgrow his ECX80 this winter.

“We’ve got the perfect machine,” said the elder Merritt. “So we know what we’re doing.”

Josh Merritt closed the GNCC season with a four-race win streak. During that time he wrapped up the title, mathematically, at Power Line Park in St. Clairesville, Ohio. All totaled this season Merritt captured top honors in seven of the 12 GNCC rounds he contested – and podiumed in two more. But it wasn’t until this past weekend in Crawfordsville, Ind., at the final GNCC round that the championship set in for Cobra’s top ATV racer.

“My dad told me after Ohio that we’d won the overall title, but I just didn’t believe it,” said Josh. “But when he finally convinced me that I did, I was able to relax and have fun at the final round – which was good because it was the worst mud race we had all year. I was even thinking of doing a wheelie or burnout when I crossed the finish line to celebrate the championship, but I couldn’t because the quad was caked in mud and weighed like a ton.”

Josh’s 1st place effort wasn’t without a bit of drama early, though, as on the first lap – right at the finish line – he landed on a rock and broke the plastic chain guide to the point where it was impeding the movement of the chain. Could have been a ‘race over’ moment had it not been for a quick-thinking dad, and a spectator who just happened to be holding a key tool.

“Somebody in the crowd had a hammer, so I just beat on the plastic guide until it broke free of the chain,” said Don Merritt. “Beat on it until it broke in half, then we finished the race with no chain guide.”

“Hmmm…that’s not in our ECX80 owner’s manual, is it?,” questioned Cobra President Sean Hilbert with a laugh. “Of course not. In the GNCCs it’s finish at all costs and anything goes!”

Josh Merritt’s title is his first-ever in major AMA ATV racing. He’s raced dirt bike motocross a bit in the past, but really has caught on to this ATV racing deal in the last several years. “Everyone at Cobra’s awful proud of Josh, Don and the rest of the Merritt family on their great team accomplishment,” added Hilbert. “We’re hoping to keep Josh aboard with the program next year, but understand that he might beef up in size and have to move up to the next class. We’ll either welcome him back on a Cobra or cheer for him as an ex-Cobra champion.”

Again, the overall plan according to Don Merritt is to defend their title. He’s pumped with the Cobra ECX80 and hopes they can make another run at it in ’09. “Realistically, the only thing we did to the Cobra was put a new engine in it – the Cobra 80cc engine,” said Don Merritt, of their upgrade from the 70cc to 80cc motor for the GNCCs. “A couple modifications for GNCC-style racing (vs. motocross) and that was it. I told all the other parents ‘The best thing you can do is not do much with this quad.’ Josh pulled every holeshot this year on a stock carb and I maybe adjusted the jetting like twice.”

For more information on GNCC racing, link to: www.gnccracing.com

Cobra, founded in 1993, produces the most successful line of competition mini cycles and mini quads in the United States with more than 200 national titles in the last decade. Based out of Hillsdale, Mich., Cobra's mission is to build premium products for the serious racer. For more information on Cobra products, please visit our website at www.cobramotorcycle.com.

High Profile Public Relations (HPPR), LLC, is a multi-faceted communications agency specializing in strategic media relations – both industry and mainstream – for the powersports and action sports communities. Dialed in with all forms of power and action sports, its participants, manufacturers and live event promoters, HPPR’s Pat Schutte can be reached at (734) 369-2170 and pat@highprofilepr.com.




10/30/2008
Cobra Tops Sheffield (UK) Supercross!

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Cobra Racer Sweeps UK SX Opener In Sheffield!
British Cobra racer Jamie Clark wins the 50cc main event on his Cobra King 50; Cobra CX65 does good in the 65cc class as well

HILLSDALE, Mich., (Oct. 29, 2008) – A real good showing for Cobra racers across the pond in England this past weekend as Cobra-mounted Jamie Clark took top honors at the opening round of the British Supercross Championships held at Sheffield Arena.

Clark, who won his qualifier as well as the main event this past weekend before a packed house at Sheffield Arena, was aboard the flagship Cobra King 50 competing on a track lined with Cobra banners as Cobra is now the official mini bike sponsor of the British Supercross Championship.

“Real nice to see one of our bikes out front, especially considering Cobra is just starting to make some headway into the European competition mini cycle markets beginning with the UK,” said Neil McClelland, European Sales & Marketing Manager for Cobra. “Cobra was very well represented both on the podium – with Jamie Clark – and around the track with a ton of signage.”

McClelland continued: “Cobra’s certainly pleased to be associated with the British Supercross Championship and are looking forward to the next round of competition here January 23rd and 24th in Liverpool.”

Made up of three exciting rounds of indoor supercross racing action, the British Supercross Championship is put on by Future West Promotions. The three event series wraps up on Jan. 31st in London. Said Future West’s owner John Hellam: “To have Cobra step up and present this opportunity to the Auto class is very welcomed. These young riders are the future of the sport and to provide them with an opportunity to earn a factory supported ride at their young age is great for the sport. Cobra has made a huge step by supporting youth in the UK which I am sure will be beneficial for everyone and we are extremely happy to have them involved.”

For more info on the British Supercross Championship please visit www.fwsx.com

Next up for the Cobra factory and supported racers here in the States is the Winter National Olympics, aka the “Mini Os” at Gatorback Cycle Park in Gainesville, Fla., Nov. 24-29.

Cobra, founded in 1993, produces the most successful line of competition mini cycles and mini quads in the United States with more than 200 national titles in the last decade. Based out of Hillsdale, Mich., Cobra's mission is to build premium products for the serious racer. For more information on Cobra products, please visit our website at www.cobramotorcycle.com.
High Profile Public Relations (HPPR), LLC, is a multi-faceted communications agency specializing in strategic media relations – both industry and mainstream – for the powersports and action sports communities. Dialed in with all forms of power and action sports, its participants, manufacturers and live event promoters, HPPR’s Pat Schutte can be reached at (734) 369-2170 and pat@highprofilepr.com.




10/14/2008
Cobra Kids Clean Up @ Branson, Mo., MX Nationals

Cobras sweep PW 4-6 Stock and PW 7-8 Stock & Mod classes, go 1-2 in PW 4-6 Mod, sweep 6-9 Super Pee Wee finals and score yet another national 65cc class podium for the new Cobra CX65!

Photo Courtesy of: Chris Hultner @ Amateur MX


HILLSDALE, Mich., (Oct. 17, 2008) – Cobra mounted racers cleaned house at the recent PPG Branson (Mo.) MX National Championship, sweeping top spots in the entire 50cc PW class standings – PW Stock & Modified 4-6, PW Stock & Modified 7-8, the Super Pee Wee 6-9 finals AND scored yet another national podium finish in the 65cc class (65 Jr. CY Stock 6-8) for the new Cobra CX65!

“Branson’s one of several great national-caliber events where kids and their Cobras get a chance to really step up and shine in front of the entire MX community,” said Cobra President Sean Hilbert. “So to sweep every 50cc class podium there is big for Cobra. Nice going, guys! Hit the school work at hard as you’ve been training this summer on your Cobras and we’ll look forward to seeing many you race one last time here in November at the Mini O’s.”

Here’s a look at the top Cobra guys from Branson who made the overall podium:


Place Rider Hometown Class


1st Kruz Sampson Lebanon, Tenn. PW Mod 4-6

2nd Stilez Robertson Bakersfield, Calif. PW Mod 4-6

3rd Jackson Turpin Locust Grove, Ga. PW Mod 4-6

1st Justin Dunn Raleigh, N.C. PW Mod 7-8

2nd Josh Williams Bonner Springs, Kan. PW Mod 7-8

1st Stilez Robertson Bakersfield, Calif. PW Stock 4-6

2nd Kruz Sampson Lebanon, Tenn. PW Stock 4-6

3rd Jackson Turpin Locust Grove, Ga. PW Stock 4-6

1st Logan Leitzel Dillsburg, Pa. PW Stock 7-8

2nd Justin Dunn Raleight, N.C. PW Stock 7-8

3rd Daniel Nickell Jr. Lawton, Okla. PW Stock 7-8

1st Chase Sexton Lamoille, Ill. Super Pee Wee

2nd Weston Giem Valencia, Calif. Super Pee Wee

3rd Tristan Lewis Locust Grove, Ga. Super Pee Wee

3rd Cole De Koninck Loretta, Canada 65 JR CY Stock 6-8

Noteworthy: Cobra kicked down with a pretty cool bonus to a lucky rider at Branson. Arkansas’ Gage Obert won a brand new Cobra King 50 by virtue of a random drawing at the event. Congrats, Gabe! Everyone at Cobra looks forward to seeing your name up with the top guys in the PW classes on your new Cobra King 50!

Next up for the Cobra factory and supported racers is the Winter National Olympics, aka the “Mini Os” at Gatorback Cycle Park in Gainesville, Fla., Nov. 24-29.




9/19/2008
Champoinship Leader Callum Carter @ Round 10 of the IOPD British Quad X Championship

WET WET WET.........to coin a phrase....
Callum went to his home event in Talsarn Wales this weekend. True to form the Welsh weather was not to let you down. It rained on the Saturday, the first day of the British-JH Quad-x- two-day event, just as it had done a week before! Callum was ready to prove himself because of his newly signed 18-month contract with COBRA QUADS.
It was not to be for the juniors because the first day’s racing was cancelled after practice because of rain. Racing was postponed until the next day and the weather responded beautifully with a break from the rain. Sunday morning the first race got under way and Callum went to the line in pole position because he is the series points leader.
He ripped the holeshot and led from start to finish. There was no doubt the factory Cobra 50cc had got the edge on the 100cc boys once again, which put first win was in the bag for Callum. The second race was a different affair. Callum led the race for one lap then stalled on a big hill! He got the bike going again but had taken on water in the air filter, causing him to struggle and come home in 4th place dropping his points lead. The bike was quickly repaired by his farther with a new plug and new filter from the spares package supplied by cobra USA.
In the third race, Callum was back on form with the Cobra and led by nearly a whole lap to the others. It was a stunning run by the young Cobra Rider and quickly put to rest the rumour that he had bike gremlins in his Ed Davies prepared machine. Callum came home with the overall win and 140 points for the day, still dominating the British quad scene. Callums stepbrother Josh Tanner had a fraught day as well dropping to 3rd overall due to hitting Jayden Slatcher who was beached out! But still Josh Tanner closes up on Kieran Taylor.
Callum would like to thank
FoxEurope, Cobra motorcycles
Carless Race Fuels,
Ed Davies Racing & anybody else who helped him





8/4/2008
Cobras Sweep 50cc Class Titles @ Loretta’s!

Clay Woeste captures the 51cc 7-8 AMA 2 Stock class and Lance “Lightning” Kobusch takes the 51cc 4-6 AMA 1 Stock class

HILLSDALE, Mich., (August 5, 2008) – Adding to its already legendary heritage of unparalleled success in U.S. and global motocross racing, the American-built Cobra 50cc mini cycles added another two podium sweeps – including two more No. 1 plates for the Cobra factory hauler – at this past week’s Ski Nautiques AMA Amateur National Motocross Championships at Loretta Lynn’s Ranch in Hurricane Mills, Tenn.

Leading the way for Cobra with championships in the premier 50cc class divisions were Kentucky’s Clay Woeste (51cc 7-8 AMA 2 Stock class) and Missouri’s Lance “Lightning” Kobusch (51cc 4-6 AMA 1 Stock class), each bringing home the coveted “Loretta’s National Champion” No. 1 plate.

“Lance was on it all weekend – three holeshots, three moto wins and never even challenged,” said Cobra President Sean Hilbert of Kobusch, who’s middle name “Lightning” was given to him by NASCAR driver Carl Edwards. “And Clay was unbelievable. Fell on the first lap of the third moto and raced all the way back to 2nd. Feet off the pegs, wide open throttle – he looked like a little Bob Hannah!”

In addition to Cobra/Kobusch’s win in the 4-6 Stock 1 class, Florida’s Cullin Park and Arizona’s Preston Yost would round out the podium in 2nd and 3rd overall, respectively. And in the 7-8 Stock 2 class, Missouri’s Tanner Stack and California’s Sean Cantrell would complete the factory Cobra sweep (along with Woeste winning) of the 51cc podiums, going 2nd/3rd. In all Cobras would capture ten of the top ten spots in the 4-6 class (100-percent) and eight of the top ten (80-percent) places in the 7-8 class.

In the 65cc class the Cobra CX65 performed excellent with newcomer Michael Young (North Carolina) finishing 6th in the 7-9 Stock class and 9th in the 7-11 Modified class. “The 7-9 stock class was a who’s who of former Cobra racers ahead of Michael. And in the 7-11 Modified class, Michael was the highest placing nine-year-old (all the other ahead of him were ten or 11 years old),” said Hilbert. “So we were pleased with the performance of the CX65 at Loretta’s and look forward to improving on our results throughout the coming months and in ’09 at Loretta’s.” Cobra riders Bermuda’s Jyire Mitchell (Bermuda) and Austin Forkner (Missouri) also put up some top ten moto finishes throughout the week.

Rounding out the top ten on Cobras in the 4-6 51cc AMA Stock 1 class were:

4th Jackson Turpin (Georgia)
5th Stilez Robertson (California)
6th Brandon Hernandez (California)
7th Jack Rogers (Maryland)
8th Cam Owen (South Carolina)
9th Hunter Shaut (New York)
10th Brooks Weyandt (Ohio)

And rounding out the top ten in the 7-8 51cc AMA Stock 2 class were:

4th Chase Sexton (Illinois)
6th Justin Dunn (North Carolina)
8th David Milana (New York)
9th Jonathan Lee (North Carolina)
10th Hayden Justice (Ohio)

Next up for the Cobra racers is the Branson (Mo.) MX National, Oct. 9-12, followed by the Mini O’s in Gainesville, Fla., Thanksgiving week.




7/28/2008
“Cobra Generation” Boots Up For Loretta’s!

Full steam ahead for the undisputed King of mini cycles, the American-made Cobras

HILLSDALE, Mich., (July 30, 2008) – This is it. The Little League World Series on dirt bikes. The 2008 Ski Nautiques AMA Amateur National Championships, or simply “Loretta’s,” has got underway on the balmy, rolling acres at country singer Loretta Lynn’s Ranch in Hurricane Mills, Tenn.

And leading all other 50cc motorcycle manufacturers into Loretta’s are again the legendary, the undisputed Kings of the Jr. and Sr. Stock and Modified classes, the bikes many of the top pros started out on and have subsequently been dubbed “The Cobra Generation,” the proudly Made-in-American Cobra mini cycles!

“Loretta’s is like Christmas morning and final exams rolled into one for us,” said Sean Hilbert, President of Cobra. “On one hand all of us – parents, family members, Cobra staff – are as excited as the kids we have at Loretta’s racing. And on the other hand we’re as nervous – and probably more so – than the kids out there racing. Loretta’s is when Cobra’s countless hours of research, design and testing all come together on the world’s stage. There’s no bigger race for everyone at Cobra – period.”

History has been kind to Cobras at Loretta’s ever since Bud Maimone founded the company in 1993. More than 20 national AMA titles at Loretta’s have been won on Cobras, along with hundreds of other national-caliber races. To put it simply: Cobra is the most successful mini cycle in the history of American motocross.

65cc class

Fans of Cobra will for sure be keeping and eye on North Carolina’s Michael Young and his quest to bring Cobra’s first 65cc class Loretta’s podium back to the Hillsdale, Mich., factory. Young made history earlier this summer when he captured Cobra’s first-ever national caliber race, winning the 65cc 7-9 Modified class at Lake Whitney. Joining Young in the quest for 65cc class stardom will be Bermuda’s Jyire Mitchell and Missouri’s Austin Forkner. Mitchell first stepped up to the Cobra CX65 at the Southeast Regional at Birch Creek Cycle Park in Danville, Va., and did extremely well. And Forkner, who’s been on the CX65 since its inception and was integral in the bike’s development (according to Hilbert), has improved dramatically over the past two years and adds to Cobra’s effort pursuing the top 7-9 65cc class spots.

“As we develop our team, bringing the kids up from the 7-8 ranks into the 65cc class, this is Cobra’s first real entry into the bigger bike classes at Loretta’s and we look forward to continuing to grow into these classes as our kids age,” said Hilbert. “All three guys have what it takes to make the top ten overall, with Michael having the best shot.”

50cc class

Leading the way for Cobra in the premier 50cc Senior class will be California’s Sean Cantrell. Taking over from recent Cobra legends Adam Cianciarulo and Mark Worth as the nation’s top 50cc class racer, Cantrell tuned up for Loretta’s by capturing the 7-8 Stock class at Texas’ Lake Whitney MX National opener back in March. He then followed that up with a historic weekend at the Vegas Mini GPs, sweeping the 7-8 Stock and Modified classes. A past Loretta’s champ, look for big things out of this little dude from Newberry Park.

Other notable racers joining Cantrell in the Senior class on their Cobras will be the same lineup that just tore into Ponca City (Okla.), including North Carolina’s Justin Dunn, Arizona’s Gavin Hultman, California’s Cody Purcell and Michael Mosiman, New Mexico’s Brandon Smith – who was 2nd at Loretta’s last summer, Florida’s Jordan Bailey – who was last year’s 4-6 Loretta’s champ, Missouri’s Tanner Stack and Ohio’s Hayden Justice. Also, according to Hilbert, keep an eye on Kentucky’s Clay Woeste, who decided to forego Ponca to focus all his attention on Loretta’s.

“Clay’s one of the very few seven-year-olds to podium in the Senior class. Reminds us a lot of (Davi) Millsaps when he was with us,” said Hilbert.

A couple other Cobra Senior class racers who decided to pass up Ponca in favor of Loretta’s include: Georgia’s Tristan Lewis and Pennsylvania’s Logan Leitzel.

In the Junior class it’s always thrilling to see which wide-eyed, new-to-Loretta’s Cobra racer will rise to the top of his class. And it won’t be surprising to see a Cobra on top of the podium since the company has won every title since the class existed.

A few names to keep an eye on in the 50cc Junior class at Loretta’s include: Missouri’s Lance “Lightning” Colbush, California’s Brandon Hernandez, along with Arizonans Preston Yost and Tanner Amarillas.




7/21/2008
Cobra Sweep @ 2008 Ponca City Nat’l Championships?

Cobras swept the 50cc classes at Ponca last year; competition readies itself for the impending Cobra attack on the o/a podiums again!
HILLSDALE, Mich., (July 24, 2008) – Kids on Cobra mini cycles and podium photos have always gone hand-in-hand. This week should be no different as Cobra’s factory riders are at one of the season’s main MX National events – the 2008 Ponca City (Okla.) Grand National Championship.

Led in the 50cc Senior class by Sean Cantrell (California) – a past Loretta’s champ – Cobra should again take home the majority of podium spots in both the Junior and Senior 50cc classes, as well as now challenging for some top ten spots with the new Cobra CX65.

“Ponca will be interesting in that a number of our top riders are choosing to focus instead on Loretta’s, which will make for both some exciting racing at Ponca as well as featuring some new names up high in the standings,” said Sean Hilbert, President of Cobra Motorcycles. “Despite the tough times and amateur entries at tracks across the nation being down this summer, factory Cobra is at Ponca in full force, supporting all of our riders and the great sport of motocross. Good luck this week, guys!”

Joining Cantrell in the 50cc Senior class on the legendary Cobra King 50s – which will no doubt hold the majority of 50cc podium real estate at Ponca City - will be Justin Dunn (North Carolina), Cody Purcell a former Ponca champ out of California, New Mexico’s Brandon Smith – who was 2nd at Loretta’s last summer, Jordan Bailey (Florida), who was last year’s 4-6 Loretta’s champ and is racing his first year in the Senior class at Ponca (as is Smith) and Missouri’s Tanner Stack, who was hauling at the Vegas Minis a couple months back. Noteworthy: Smith won the 50cc Junior Stock class last year, with Bailey 2nd and Bailey won the Junior Modified class, with Smith 4th. So keep an eye on those two going at it as first year Senior class racers.

Another little guy to keep an eye on at Ponca is Arizona’s Gavin Hultman. Hultman is Cobra’s most improved seven-year-old on the track this summer, turning heads at the World Minis and the Southwest regional at Glen Helen last month.

Ponca City also marks the return to national competition for Cobra factory rider Hayden Justice. The Senior class racer is back from an injury suffered in Texas at the opening of the season. And back with Hayden is his father, Jay, who was also hurt in the crash. Good to have the Justices back racing!

In the 65cc class a dozen or so kids will be racing the new Cobra CX65, with a couple have a shot at a top ten, or even a top five finish. Preliminary reports out of Ponca say the one to watch is New England’s Jake Pinhancos. “It’s always fun to watch a fresh batch of kids on our new bike a see which ones rise to success,” added Hilbert.

Finally, in the 50cc Junior class Missouri’s blazing fast Lance “Lightning” Colbush will again be aboard a Cobra, joined by just-signed Preston Yost and fellow Arizonan Tanner Amarillas. All three boys should both figure in the podium equation in that fun-to-watch class.




7/3/2008
AUSTRALIA - COBRA WINS SHELL ADVANCE SUNSTATE SERIES

Queenslands premier motocross series the Shell Advance Sunstate series has been run and won in
covincing fashion by two newcomers to the 7-9 years 65cc class. Cobra Moto USA and 65cc rookie
Hunter Lawrence laid waist to established age group front runners in the series by consistently
finnishing on the podium in all the series rounds. The DNA Motorcycles prepared Cobra proved
faultless at the Echo Valley circuit. Hunter utilised its strong power and avanced suspension to blast
around the hilly circuit taking two moto wins from three starts to secure the top step of the podium
for the series.
Hunter now has his sights set on preperation for the upcoming Australian Junior Motocross
Championship in Perth later this year and is aiming to give Cobra USA their first championship on
Australian soil. Hunter being aware of the fierce competition that will share the start gate at the
nationals has been working closely with head coach and personal sponsor Greg Moss refining his
skills and picking up tips used by Gregs sons Matt (Team Shift Motul Suzuki Aus) and Jake (Star
Yamaha USA).
For more on Hunter log onto www.mxhunter.weebly.com.au




6/28/2008
Cobra Mini Quads Top ATVA MX/GNCC Standings

In only its second full season of racing the Cobra ECX series quads are carrying on the successful Cobra MX mini cycle lineage with its ATV results

Photo: Cobra mini quad racer Corey Heath

HILLSDALE, Mich., (June 28, 2008) – Cobra mini quads continue to impress industry experts in both motocross and off road racing as the American-made, showroom floor-to-podium vehicles are not only winning races in all the junior classes, they’ve done so well officials of the AMA/ATVA-sanctioned Can Am GNCC Series have rewarded Cobra with its very own class.

“It’s an honor to us,” said Cobra President Sean Hilbert of the Cobra-only class bestowed upon the company this season by the ATVA and AMA. “Means we’ve done everything we possibly could to deliver the most successful, yet affordable crate-to-podium competition race quad to ATV industry consumers.”

Argued as a ‘works’ quad by those trying to keep up, the Cobra ECX series quads have been engineered to forego the thousands of dollars aftermarket add-ons it takes to make other quads competitive with the always successful Cobra line. Instead, designed and built in Michigan, stock Cobra quads have taken the ATVA, GNCC, Dirt Track and Hare & Hound Series’ by storm, earning a respectable share of wins and podium places in the classes they enter.

On the motocross side of things, the Cobra ECX mini quads continue to shine on the ITP/Moose AMA/ATVA National MX Championship. Led by Alex Szymborski (Holt, Mich.) who’s swept the first seven races in the 70cc SS 6-11 class, and Chase Horton (Arcadia, S.C.), who’s won four of six races in the 90cc Automatic Junior 8-11 class, along with 50cc Sr. (6-8) class leader Corey Heath (Wadesville, Ind.) – Cobra continues to dominate the major ATV MX events this summer.

On the Can Am GNCC tour officials made the premier class its “Super Mini 13-15” division and basically gave everyone a shot at the factory Cobra mini quads. The result? After seven rounds Cobra riders have control of the top five spots, including a close battle for 1st between Jerry Welch (Oakland, Md.) and Michael Spalding (Rising Sun, Md.), 144-142. Close behind on the overall podium in 3rd place is Josh Merritt (Akron, Ohio) with 133 points. Welch and Merritt are tied for the most overall wins (three), but Merritt missed the first round.

Next up for the Cobra mini quad racers is the ITP/Moose AMA/ATVA National MX Championship, July 12-13, in Johnstown, Pa., the Duro Extreme Dirt Track ATVA Nationals, July 4th, in Franklin, Pa., the July 5-6 Can-Am GNCC Series in Somerset, Pa., and AMA Hare & Hound Series in Wendover, Nev. (Aug. 16).




3/27/2008
Cobra Riders Take Eight in Texas

A tribute to the kids who rode a little faster, dug a little deeper, and prepared a little better...



2008 Texas Champions:

Michael Young
Lance Kobusch
Sean Cantrell (3)
Tanner Stack
Kyle Lucas (2)






3/26/2008
MotoPlayground Today

Cut and past the following link into your brouser to catch the latest Motoplaygound Today video:

http://shopthep.com/main/index.php?option=com_wrapper&Itemid=241




3/25/2008
Historic Week For Cobra CX65 @ Lake Whitney, Texas, Amateur National MX Competition

Cobra’s Michael Young wins the first ever national MX championship on the new CX65 while Cobras also sweep all the major 50cc class titles

Photo: Cobra CX65s are 1-2-3 out of the gate in a Lake Whitney 7-9 65cc Stock class moto. From left to right on their Cobra CX65s are #89 Michael Young, #214 Austin Forkner and #27 Bradley Esper. Photo courtesy of Cobra.

HILLSDALE, Mich., (March 18, 2008) – HUGE news out of Texas this weekend as Factory Cobra’s Michael Young (Concord, N.C.) became the first racer in American motocross racing history to win a major 65cc class amateur motocross championship on an American-made motorcycle - this past weekend winning the 65cc 7-9 Modified class at Lake Whitney.

And if that wasn’t enough, Cobra-mounted racers swept 1st place in all three major 50cc class classes, giving Cobra four outright titles at Lake Whitney.

“I can’t begin to tell you how pleased we are here at Cobra,” said Cobra President Sean Hilbert. “The work associated with the CX65 project the last couple years bordered on obsession for us. And when word came back that Michael had won 65cc 7-9 Modified class – with only a couple modifications to be honest – we couldn’t contain ourselves.

“In fact, I was so pumped I drove down to Texas today to watch this week’s racing at Oak Hill (32nd annual GNC International Motocross Final). Part of me still can’t believe the bike we designed from the ground up won its first national competition after debuting in Texas this time last year. Unreal.”

Also making the podium on the CX65 in the 65cc 7-9 Stock class was Austin Forkner (Richards, Mo.) who placed 3rd. All totaled, every rider on both the 65cc 7-9 Stock and Modified class podiums were either on a Cobra or raced one in the past.

In the 51cc Open class at Lake Whitney Cobra’s Tanner Stack (Oak Grove, Mo.) was victorious, as was Sean Cantrell (Newbury Park, Calif.) in the 51cc 7-8 Stock class and Lance Kobush (New Florence, Mo.) in the 51cc 4-6 Stock class.

“Again, congratulations to all the Cobra racers who stepped up and made the trek to Lake Whitney to race,” said Hilbert. “And to Michael Young and his dad – an ice cream on me this week at Oak Hill! Man, what a great feeling.”




3/12/2008
Cobra Kids Roll Into Texas’ Amateur National Openers

Cobra’s amazing reign on the 50cc class’ expected to continue at Lake Whitney and Oak Hill to start the 2008 competition season

HILLSDALE, Mich., (March 12, 2008) – Cobras opening two rounds of the 2008 amateur national competition season get underway in Texas this week with annual running of the Lake Whitney AMA/Parts Unlimited Spring Classic and carrying on into next week with Oak Hill’s 32nd annual GNC International Motocross Final.

And once again Cobra enters the two Texas rounds with some future Cobra Generation kids who’ll no doubt be the marquee names in supercross a little over a decade from now.

“The Texas amateur national openers are always a fun time for the sport,” said Cobra President Sean Hilbert. “Not only are Lake Whitney and Oak Hill a great way for Cobra racers to showcase their talents and hopefully carry momentum that can last them the rest of the summer, they’re also great venues for us to further shake down the ’08 Cobras and monitor the valuable input from all the dads spinning wrenches.”

Before we get into the rider list, Cobra would like to extend its heartfelt wishes on a speedy recovery to Cobra factory racer Hayden Justice, along with his father, Jay. The entire staff at Cobra, along with the motocross industry, is pulling together with positive thoughts for the Justice family.

Here’s a scouting report on some of the top Cobra racers competing in Texas the next couple weeks. Stay tuned to www.cobramotorcycle.com throughout the month of March for updates on both events.

Michael Young: This North Carolina kid is RED HOT. The top eight-year-old last year in the 50cc class at the Mini O’s, Young will step up to the new CX65 and should for sure gain Cobra engineers some valuable race input given the CX65's limited national competition experience this past year.

Sean Cantrell: On the short list of favorites to win the 7-8 50cc class this year, Cantrell’s the former AMA No. 1 plate holder in the 4-6 50cc class.

Jordan Bailey: One of Cobra’s newest factory riders after he won the 4-6 50cc title at Loretta’s last summer, Bailey moves up to the 7-8 class and should factor in the top scoring right out of the gate at Lake Whitney. He will also make his debut in the 7-9 65cc class on the Cobra CX 65.

Clay Woeste: One of the few kids to ever finish on the 7-8 50cc podium as a seven-year-old, Woeste won’t make Lake Whitney due to a wreck that totaled their family's truck and trailer in an ice storm on the way down to Texas. Everyone made it back home safe, and the family is going to do their best to make it to Oak Hill.

Brandon Smith: The New Mexico racer possesses lots of raw speed and drive. A podium at Loretta’s last year will give him all the confidence he needs to rank highly in the 7-8 50cc class this year.

Austin Forkner: Forkner completely dominated the 7-9 65cc class during the recent Texas Winter Series on his CX65. Cobra’s expecting some good results from him in this the first full competition season for the CX65.

Bradley Esper: Making his debut on the PR2 CX65, Michigan’s Esper showed great promise last year before an injury at the Sunday Creek Loretta’s regional put him on the sidelines for a few months. Word is Esper’s back up to speed now and is pumped to return to racing this week.

Tanner Stack: The experienced eight-year-old has the raw speed and talent to succeed. And as a senior in the 7-8 50cc class Cobra’s confident that he’s going to put up some great results this summer.

Gavin Hultman: Anther fast kid from the state of Arizona, Gavin has some very strong finishes last year in the 4-6 class. He will make his 7-8 50cc national debut this week at Lake Whitney.

Tristan Lewis: Lewis showed great speed last year and maturity at the Mini O’s when he and fellow Cobra racer Jordan Bailey battled it out for the 4-6 50cc class title. Lewis will make his debut on the Cobra King 50 at Lake Whitney.

Logan Lietzel: Hailing from PA, Logan starts his first year in the 7-8 50cc class after a very impressive finish to his 4-6 50cc class career last year. Logan rides with a lot of drive, so look for some good finishes from him this season.

Dawson Evitts: Dawson has spent the winter training hard down south at the Bell Compound. He is set in 2008 for a full attack on the nationals.

For more information, including results, from Lake Whitney this week keep an eye on Cobra’s website. You can also check out www.lakewhitneymx.com




2/26/2008
“The Cobra Generation” Has Arrived!

Davi Millsaps and Trey Canard – both former factory Cobra racers – sweep the SX and SX Lites podium at Atlanta’s Georgia Dome

HILLSDALE, Mich., (Feb. 26, 2008) – A number of the boys who grew up racing the legendary Cobra King 50 mini cycles have recently graduated to the top of the podium on the world’s premier competition motocross stage – Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship.

Dubbed the “Cobra generation,” Atlanta Supercross SX and SX Lites class winners David Millsaps (Honda) and Trey Canard (Torco/Honda), along with Houston SX Lites class winner Austin Stroupe (Monster/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki) are all graduates of the Cobra King 50 program. Millsaps won Loretta Lynn’s AMA National Amateur Championship in 1996 and ’97 on Cobras, Stroupe won Loretta’s on his Cobra in ’99 and Canard was always a solid top five kid on his Cobra before really taking off once he got to the big bikes.

In fact, the recent success by former Cobra champions spawned this classic line from rookie ESX Lites class racer Tyler Bowers – himself a former Cobra pilot – on supercrossonline.com:

“I think the Cobra generation is finally getting in here,” said Bowers. “We grew up riding bikes other than the PWs. And from a young age we were able to jump stuff right off the bat.”

Bowers’ spot-on sentiment was echoed loudly by Monster Energy Supercross announcers Jason Weigandt and Jim Holly, both of whom agreed in full and expanded upon this “Cobra generation” phenomenon:

“That’s a different breed of motorcycle,” said Holly of the Cobras. “Cobra came out with a 50cc motorcycle with suspension that had the ability to do the double jumps out there. All these guys raced each other growing up and now they’re 16 and rookies and have moved up to the supercross show. They’re gonna shine!”

* Former Cobra racer Tyler Bowers’ comment resonates throughout the industry. Hear it for yourself at http://www.supercrossonline.com/webcasts/Article.2008-02-21.3124 at the 20:52 mark of his interview with Jim Holly and Jason Weigandt!*




2/25/2008
Another Cobra Demo Day

After great success with the last demo day, Cobra motorcycles is pleased to announce another ride scheduled for March 1st, 2008 at Waterman International Raceway in Waterman, IL. Cobra will be on hand to provide factory support and the opportunity to ride the full line of 2008 motocross models. Riding is scheduled from 10 AM-9 PM, with the last 2 hours (7PM-9PM) being reserved just for mini riders! For directions and pricing please visit http://www.wirmx.com We hope to see you there!



1/17/2008
Cobra Demo Day

Mark your calendars for February 16, 2008. Cobra, in conjunction with Xtreme Sports, is hosting a demo day at the Sandbox Arena in New Richmond, WI. Cobra will be on hand to provide factory support and offer a chance to ride the 2008 motocross models. Riding will be from 8am-10pm and will be offered at a discounted rate of $30.00. All dealers are welcome to join. This is something Cobra wants to do more with dealers in the future. If you have a favorite track in mind and would like to do something similar please let us know. Log onto xtremesportscr.com for more details.



12/5/2007
GNCC Champ Interview

For a great interview with Dylan Bradford, check out Tuesday Toolbox here:

http://www.racerpress.com/newsmanager/templates/?a=120&z=5




11/29/2007
Cobra ECX Mini Quads Take Australia!

Cobra ECX 50 and 90cc mini quads sweep the ’07 Australian ATV Championships
HILLSDALE, Mich., (Nov. 29, 2007) – The Cobra ECX mini quad line continues to make and impressive mark on international ATV competition as it recently swept the Junior 50cc, Junior 90cc Production and Junior 90cc Modified classes in the 2007 Yamaha Australian ATV Championships in Newry, Victoria, Australia.
Bringing home ATV titles for Cobra were:

• Lachlan Stone (N.T. Aus) 1st place, 9 -13 90cc Modified.
• Aston Oliver (W.A. Aus) 1st place, 9 – 13 90cc Production
• Jake Gartside (VIC, Aus.), 1st place, 6-9 50cc Production

Also racing well on his Cobra ECX mini quad was Chris Bosnakis (2nd 90cc Production and 3rd 90cc Modified.)

Lachlan Stone completely dominated in the modified class with five-for-five race wins. Chris Bosnakis put on a spirited pursuit, but a DNF in race four ended his challenge.

“Nice going to our friends and Cobra mini quad racers in Australia,” said Cobra President Sean Hilbert. “Cobra looks forward to continued international success with these and the ever-growing list of Cobra ECX mini quad riders around the world.”




11/28/2007
50cc Sweep @ Mini Os

Cobra Motorcycles Wrap Up A Banner 2007 Competition Season With 50cc Sweep @ Mini Os
Cobra kids sweep every podium of every age class in both the Mini Os’ Supercross and Motocross competitions

HILLSDALE, Mich., (Nov. 28, 2007) – Backing up their historic sweep of Loretta’s this past summer, Cobra kids were equally as impressive at the 36th annual Thor Winter National Olympics, presented by Pro Circuit in Florida this past week. All totaled, Cobra kids swept the podium of every class (Jr./4-6 & Sr./7-8) in both the Motocross and Supercross portions of the season’s last major national amateur motocross competition.

“Simply put, this has been the greatest competition year ever in the history of Cobra,” said Sean Hilbert, President of Cobra Motorcycles. “The performance put forth by these kids at the Mini Os this past week was truly remarkable. To win every overall of every class was great. To sweep every podium of every class was amazing. And to take 36 out of the top 40 overall positions is unbelievable.

“A big round of applause here at Cobra headquarters to all the kids racing Cobras this year. You guys and your parents were part of history here at Cobra.”

Beginning with the SX class at Gatorback MX Park in Gainesville, Fla., Cobra’s Jordan Bailey kept true to his Loretta’s title by coming out on top in the 4-6 class at the Mini Os. Bailey and the top four junior Cobra pilots – including Logan Leitzel, Brandon Hariston and Tristan Lewis – were all very close in each moto. But in the end it was Bailey who rode a smooth and smart race to take the 4-6 Jr. SX title.

In the 7-8 Sr. SX class it was Austin Forkner and Ty Pantley who were able to put in the consistent rides, and in doing so topped some big names in the Sr. SX class. Both had some good motos at major events earlier in the year, but had yet to put together two of them – until the Mini Os! Joining Forkner (1st) and Pantley (2nd) on the overall 7-8 Sr. SX class podium was Michael Young.

In the 4-6 Jr. MX class it was again Bailey who proved to be the best little dude in the nation on a JR 50cc bike. Bailey was the only rider in the class that could jump the entire “Dinner Table” section – which is quite a feat given his age and being a Jr. class motorcycle. Lewis was able to run right there with Bailey for the entire race, but couldn’t get an advantage over the mistake-free riding of Bailey. Joining those two on the 4-6 Jr. MX podium was Cobra rider Jonathan Lee.

In the 7-8 Sr. MX class Joey Crown got the best of the competition – namely Pantley – in a lapper-splitting photo finish that was arguably the best moto of the week-long competition. The two were separated by only a couple of inches, with the top four finishers (Young, 3rd and Trevor Windgassen, 4th) all finishing within a couple seconds of each other.

Also noteworthy was the effort of Austin Forkner and Michael Young on their Cobra CX65s. Both kids rode strong all week long, and Young rounded out the MX program as the top finishing 8 year-old in both the Stock and Mod classes – putting a stake in the ground as one of the kids to beat in that class next year.

For all the Cobra results from the Mini Os, link to: www.unlimitedsportsmx.com




11/8/2007
Cobra Mini Quads – Led By Dylan Bradford - Sweep GNCC Series’ 90cc 11-15 Modified Class O/A Podium!


Cobra ECX70 racers Josh Merritt (2nd) and Kyle Riley (3rd) join Bradford on overall box in the GNCC Series’ 90cc 11-15 Modified class

HILLSDALE, Mich., (Nov. 8, 2007) – Cobra’s ECX70 mini quads picked up in the finals of the Can-Am Grand National Cross Country Series, aka the “GNCCs,” right where they left off in Moose Racing ATVA Motocross Series, sweeping the overall podium in the premier 90cc 11-15 Modified class.

Leading the charge on the little red rippin’ Cobra ECX70s was Canton, Ohio’s Dylan Bradford. With five wins, three 2nd place finishes and a 3rd in the 11 GNCC youth ATV races Bradford topped the field with 157 points. Rounding out the 90cc 11-15 Modified class podium on their Cobra ECX70s were Josh Merritt (Akron, Ohio) and Kyle Riley (Elkins, W.Va.) in 2nd and 3rd, respectively.

“We couldn’t have planned it any better on paper to start the season,” said Sean Hilbert, President of Cobra Motorcycles. “Cobra’s mini quads are in their second full year of competition and, as we stated to the press when we first released the mini quads (“showroom floor directly to the podium”), they’ve backed up our claim in both the quick-sprinting ATVA Motocross Series and now in the demanding endurance test of the GNCCs.”

Bradford, much like Cobra’s Walker Fowler last year, was the 90cc 11-15 Modified class’ elite racer. Case-in-point: At one race this summer Bradford was run into a tree as soon as the mini quads hit the woods following the start. He was able to re-fire his wounded ECX70 and came back out of the woods in dead last place. After the next 5.5 mile lap he’d worked his way up to 3rd place and by the end of the next lap he’d put two minutes between himself and the 2nd place quad!

“And he did that on a box stock Cobra 70cc motor, no porting or any other modifications,” added Gary Bradford, Dylan’s father and chief mechanic. “The Cobra ECX70 is the fastest mini quad on the planet. And it stood up in the most horrible conditions you could imagine that these kids race in. Wide open for an hour through mud, sand, dust, rocks and water and we didn’t have a single pit stop or mechanical issue all season long.”

Rounding out the top five in overall points in the GNCC 90cc 11-15 Modified class were Cobra ECX70 racers Jerry Welch (Oakland, Md.) in 4th and Seth Mumford (Crooksville, Ohio) in 5th.

For all the Cobra results from the GNCCs, link to: www.gnccracing.com




10/16/2007
Cobra Motorcycles Once Again Dominant @ Annual Branson, Mo., National MX Championships

Cobra’s success rate in the 50cc classes at Branson is staggering as the little yellow bikes out of Michigan again take nearly all of the podium spots

HILLSDALE, Mich., (Oct. 16, 2007) – Cobra Motorcycles – led by the legendary CX 50 Sr., aka the “King 50” and the CX 50 Jr. – laid claim to nearly the entire 50cc class podiums at the recent Branson National MX Championships this past weekend in Missouri.

“The performance by our young guys caps off probably the best competition summer on record for Cobra,” said Cobra President Sean Hilbert. “I can count on one hand the titles we didn’t win this summer. Congrats to the kids that did well on Cobras at Branson. Hit the school work hard and we’ll see you in a few short weeks at the Mini O’s in Gainesville (Fla.) for the final event of the season.”

Leading Cobra charge in the 7-8 Pee Wee Modified and Stock classes were North Carolina’s Austin McKee (1st place, 7-8 PW Mod) and Ohio’s Hayden Justice (1st place 7-8 PW Stk). Cobra would have swept the entire class had former Cobra racer Carter Stephenson now been wooed away by another 50cc factory. But no worries from Cobra as they wish Carter and his family the best of luck.

Rounding out the podium and top five in the 7-8 50cc Mod class for Cobra were: Justice (2nd), Arizona’s Connor Giardina (3rd), Pennsylvania’s Dawson Evitts (4th) and Texas’ Challen Tennant (5th). Overall in the 7-8 50cc Mod class Cobra swept the top five spots, took eight of the top ten and 12 of the top 15!

In the 7-8 50cc Stock class North Carolina’s Justin Dunn (2nd) and McKee (3rd) joined Justice on the box with their Cobras. New York’s David Milana (4th) and Missouri’s Tanner Stack (6th) also raced real well for Cobra in the 7-8 Stock class. Overall Cobra-mounted racers took 1st through 4th in the 7-8 stock class, eight of the top ten positions and 12 of the top 15 positions.

The 4-6 Pee Wee 50cc classes were ALL Cobras as the little yellow bikes swept the podiums in every class. Led by Pennsylvania’s Logan Leitzel – who had the best weekend out of any Cobra racer – Cobra took 1st through 14th place in the Pee Wee Stock class and swept the entire Pee Wee Modified class (1st through 16th). Leitzel was unstoppable in both classes, going 1-1-1-1. Joining Leitzel on the podium in the 4-6 Pee Wee Stock class for Cobra was Kentucky’s Tanner Craddock (2nd) and Missouri’s Lance Kobusch (3rd). In the 4-6 Pee Wee Modified class is was Cobra’s Kobusch (2nd) and Louisiana’s James Shockey (3rd) that put their Cobras up on the box with Leitzel.

Next up for Cobra racers is the 36th annual Thor Winter National Olympics, presented by Pro Circuit, aka the “Mini O’s,” at Gainesville’s Gatorback Park, Nov. 19-24.




9/19/2007
Now shipping…The 2008 CX50 JR!

Every 2007 4-6, 50cc amateur national motocross event was won by a rider piloting a Cobra CX50JR. In fact 90% of all of the top 5 finishers were riding this little screamer. Capping off the best season in the history of the 4-6 50cc class, Cobra riders swept the top fifteen spots at the prestigious US Amateur National Championships at Loretta Lynn’s. With a record like that, how can a racer go wrong choosing the 2008 Cobra CX50 Junior!

Improvements for 2008:

• Cobra Friction Drive (CFD) features more robust, longer wearing components for increased reliability and performance.
• All new wheel design with straight spoke pattern (Like the CX50 Senior) resulting in increased strength and reduced weight.
• Larger, long-life wheel bearings featuring captured wheel spacers for easier wheel installation and removal.
• New throttle cover keeps the throttle mechanism protected from the elements.
• All new graphics featuring updated Cobra Logo




8/7/2007
Cobra Loretta's Final Report

Cobra Motorcycles Complete Historic Top 15 Sweep Of Both 50cc Junior And 50cc Senior Classes @ Loretta’s
Arizona’s Mark Worth wins the Senior class in epic battle with Missouri’s Carter Stephenson; Florida’s Jordan Bailey wins Junior class

HILLSDALE, Mich., (Aug. 7, 2007) – This past week American-made Cobra Motorcycles did something they’ve never done since 2004 when new ownership took company; sweep the top 15 spots – including the podiums – in both the 50cc Junior and Senior classes at the Ski Nautique AMA National Motocross Championships at Loretta Lynn’s Ranch in Hurricane Mills, Tenn.

Virtually unprecedented in a multi-bike class, Cobras represented 85-percent of the field that qualified for Loretta’s, then proceeded to so thoroughly dominate the competition it’s no wonder that riders from Davi Millsaps to soon-to-be pros like Nico Izzi, Austin Stroupe and Trey Cannard all cut their racing teeth as kids on the American-made Cobras.

“Of course, sweeping the top 15 is certainly a testament to the brand’s performance and reliability,” said Sean Hilbert, President of Cobra Motorcycles. “But the thing that really stands out with me this week is what a good time we all had with the great group of Cobra kids and parents that all worked so hard to make it to Loretta’s this past week.”

The sportsmanship instilled by the Cobra parents in these kids was never more evident than in the final moto of the 50cc Senior class. With the lead and having only to negotiate the infamous Loretta’s “Ten Commandments,” Missouri’s Carter Stephenson cross-rutted and went down – and was passed by Arizona’s Mark Worth. The eight-year-old Stephenson was crushed, same as a guy in the 30-plus B class would be.

But in the spirit of competition and sportsmanship that’s stressed at Cobra, Worth said on the podium “I’ll take it, but I wish Carter hadn’t have fallen and I had a shot to beat him straight up.”

Stephenson’s 2nd-1st-21st three-moto performance would open up the door for another rider to make the podium along with Worth (1st) and Michigan’s Joey Crown (2nd) as Kentucky’s Clay Woeste brought his Cobra home in 3rd with a consistent effort on the weekend.

In the 50cc Junior class, former Cobra champion Adam Cianciarulo’s protégée, Jordan Bailey (Fla.) took the overall win in some tight racing with fellow Cobra pilot Brandon Smith from New Mexico. Smith, who has shown great speed all year, but has struggled with consistency, pulled it all together late in the summer to keep it on two wheels and finish the year strong. Rounding out the Junior class podium at Loretta’s this year was Cobra mounted Logan Leitzel (Pa.) in 3rd.

“Again, thanks to all the Cobra kids and parents that competed at Loretta’s this summer,” added Hilbert. “Enjoy the rest of your summer, hit the school books hard and we’ll see you in a few short months at the Mini O’s!”

For all the Cobra results from Loretta’s, link to: www.mxsports.com

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8/3/2007
Cobra Thurs. Loretta's Update

Cobra ’07 Loretta’s Update (Thurs.)


Great racing all day in the 50cc classes for Cobra.

In the Junior class, the top finisher in Moto 1, Jordan Bailey, got a bad start and fell two times while working his way through the pack. Brandon Smith, who found himself on the ground in the first moto, took advantage and raced off to a moto win. It will all come down to the third moto today (Fri.).

In the Senior class, Carter Stephenson passed early race leader Joey Crown on lap three and held a steady pace for four laps. Mark Worth slowly reeled Carter in until the second to last lap when Carter's rear tire went flat and the gap closed considerably. Mark made his pass at the mid-point of the last lap, but Carter fought back and went for a double jump on the back side of the track that no 50cc bike had made all week. Carter passed Mark in the air and fought him off for the rest of the lap to take the win. Behind those guys there was a great battle for third between Joey Crown and seven year-olds Clay Woeste and Sean Cantrell.

Here are the Cobra results after two motos. Stay tuned to cobramotorcycle.com for more results tonight.


Junior Class
#17 BRANDON SMITH - COB
AZTEC, NM 6th 1st
- #20 LOGAN LEITZEL - COB
DILLSBURG, PA 4th 2nd
- #25 GAVIN HULTMAN - COB
APACHE JCT, AZ 2nd 3rd
- #71 ZACHARY SMITH - COB
LAINGSBURG, MI 7th 4th
- #32 JORDAN BAILEY - COB
ORLANDO, FL 1st 5th
- #30 BROCK HANSON - COB
PEEBLES, OH 3rd 6th
- #28 BAILEY KROONE - COB
ANDOVER, MN 11th 7th
- #27 JETT JANOWSKI - COB
MIDDLEBURY, IN 18th 8th
- #37 TRISTAN LEWIS - COB
LOCUST GROVE, GA 5th 9th
- #74 BRANDON HAIRSTON - COB
WEATHERFORD, TX 8th 10th


Senior Class

#88 CARTER STEPHENSON - COB
ROLLA, MO 2nd 1st
- #36 MARK WORTH - COB
QUEEN CREEK, AZ 1st 2nd
- #26 CLAY WOESTE - COB
FLORENCE, KY 7th 3rd
- #35 JOEY CROWN - COB
METAMORA, MI 8th 4th
- #37 SEAN CANTRELL - COB
NEWBURY PARK, CA 14th 5th
- #43 TYLER PANTLEY - COB
BROOKSVILLE, FL 3rd 6th
- #38 TREVOR WINDGASSEN - COB
ALEXANDRIA, KY 10th 7th
- #96 JACOB EDISON - COB
TRENTON, MI 6th 8th
- #16 TRISTAN CHARBONEAU - COB
TENINO, WA 16th 9th
- #82 HAYDEN JUSTICE - COB
UTICA, OH 24th 10th




8/2/2007
Cobra Loretta's Update (Tues. & Wed.)

Cobra ’07 Loretta’s Update (Tues. & Wed.)

Cobra 50s, as expected, dominated the first day of competition at the Ski Nautique AMA Amateur National Motocross Championships, aka “Loretta Lynn’s,” in Hurricane Mills, Tenn.

Leading the way in the 50cc Junior class (4-6) – with a podium sweep - were Jordan Bailey (1st), Gavin Hultman (2nd), Brock Hanson (3rd). Cobra’s Logan Leitzel (4th) and Tristin Lewis (5th) rounded out the top five, which featured Cobras taking the top 15 spots.

Cobras again swept the 50cc Senior class (7-8) podium with Mark Worth (1st), Carter Stephenson (2nd) and Tyler Pantley (3rd) taking top honors. Cobra riders Michael Young (4th) and Austin Mckee (5th) rounded out the top five as Cobra took the top 12 spots to open the first day of competition (Tues.) in the premier 50cc class.

The only bump in the road for Cobra came in the 65cc class when Cobra CX65 racer Matt Burkeen swapped out at the start, which loosened the carb from the intake boot and the bike began to over-heat on the third lap. Fortunately Matt’s got two more shots at a solid top ten finish and he’s looking forward to those races here the rest of the week.

Wednesday night was the annual Cobra Family Dinner – cookout and pot luck. More than 300 people showed up! At the dinner Cobra’s President, Sean Hilbert, congratulated the kids that raced in Europe earlier this summer, along with the kids that won titles at Loretta’s last year – adding another “Win Sticker” to the door of the Cobra hauler. The kids also got a replica Cobra/Loretta’s Win Sticker to take home.

A full day of racing begins today at 12:30 EST for the Cobra Kids!

Stay tuned to cobramotorcycle.com for the results tonight.




7/30/2007
Loretta's Advance

Loretta Lynn’s Ranch Overrun By Cobras!
Multi-time champs of pretty much everything in the 50cc stock and modified classes, Cobras will make up 85-percent of field in Jr. & Sr. 50 classes

HILLSDALE, Mich., (July 30, 2007) – American-made Cobra Motorcycles again get their moment to shine on the national amateur motocross center stage beginning today as the legendary 50cc competition bikes – featuring the top young racers from every corner of the United States – roll into Tennessee for the 26th annual Ski Nautique AMA Amateur National Motocross Championships (aka “Loretta’s”) at Loretta Lynn’s Ranch in Hurricane Mills, Tenn.

The “Little League World Series” equivalent to action sports, Loretta’s is the event that really put Cobra on the map more than a decade ago. Since then no other motorcycle company has enjoyed the overall success – and championships - that Cobra has in literally owning the Jr. & Sr. stock and modified 50cc classes since 1993.

“Almost nine out of ten bikes that qualified and are competing in the two main 50cc classes at Loretta’s will be Cobras,” said a proud company president, Sean Hilbert. “Loretta’s is really the time for our Cobra kids to shine.”

The three marquee names running for Cobra this year in the 7-8 50cc Sr. class will be eight-year-olds Mark Worth (Queens Creek, Ariz.), Carter Stephenson (Rolla, Mo.) and Michael Young (Concord, N.C.). And also expected to place well will be two Cobra factory racers who just moved up from the 4-6 class, seven-year-olds Sean Cantrell (Newbury Park, Calif.) and Hayden Justice (Utica, Ohio).

Recently, Stephenson and Young went 1-2, respectively, at the MX Master Kids International in Europe (with Cobra’s Jacob Edison, who completed the Cobra sweep with a 3rd in Europe). Prior to that Young finished a strong 2nd at the Winter Olympics last fall to cap his seven-year-old season and Stephenson has been in the top five of every National he’s entered the past two years – including winning two titles at last week’s Ponca City NMA Nationals. So look for all three Cobra factory riders – Stephenson, Young & Worth - to make a serious charge at the 7-8 podiums as last year’s Cobra front-runners, Green, Coleman Martin and Conner Mitchell, have graduated from the class.

The ‘sleeper’ in the 7-8 class could be Michigan’s Joey Crown. According to Hilbert, Crown, son of pro motocrosser Matt Crown, has really wicked it up as of late and has a very good shot at running with Cobra’s factory guys. Northeastern U.S. Cobra racer Tristan Charboneau should also figure close to the top of the overall 7-8 standings.

The 4-6 Jr. class at Loretta’s is always a hard one to call as kids on Cobras tend to come out of nowhere to make the podium. When pressed, Hilbert did make a point to say to keep an eye on Florida’s Jordan Bailey – a protégée’ of former Cobra factory racer and multi-time Loretta’s champion Adam Cianciarulo. Also running well is New Mexico’s Brandon Smith.

Finally, Cobra’s new CX65 will line up in the 65cc class for the first time at Loretta’s. North Carolina’s Matt Burkeen – son of Cobra’s National Sales Director, Mike Burkeen – will pilot the revolutionary bike in its first major U.S. competition versus the Japanese and Austrian 65cc class bikes that dominate the class.

Cobra, founded in 1993, produces the most successful line of competition mini cycles and mini quads in the United States with more than 100 national titles in the last decade. Based out of Hillsdale, Mich., Cobra's mission is to build premium products for the serious racer. For more information on Cobra products, please visit our website at www.cobramotorcycle.com.

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6/20/2007
Cobra Open House!






Come one and all!

We've got an action packed evening planned for everyone who wants to stop by the Cobra factory on June 28th. Some of the activities include:

• Demo Rides
• Plant Tours
• Huge Sandbox
• Pit Bike Supermoto Racing
• Door Prizes
• Bike displays

...and lots more!

Stop by on your way to Red Bud...Note the Cobra Rig will be heading over to Red Bud for amateur day on Friday the 29th.




4/19/2007
Cobra’s Cody Tittle & Bret Musick Capture Quad Race Titles @ ATVA GNC ITP Moose Series In Ga.

From top to bottom, Cobra ECX quads win in 50, 70 & 90cc classes

HILLSDALE, Mich., (April 19, 2007) – In just its second season of competition, Cobra ECX mini quads are taking the ATV racing scene by storm, this past weekend pulling off overall wins in all three classes (50cc, 70cc & 90cc) at Round Four of the ATVA GNC ITP Moose Racing Series in Lizella, Ga.

“Congrats from Cobra to all the kids that competed at the recent ATVA Series round in Georgia,” said Sean Hilbert, President of Cobra. “Every week I look forward to coming into the office and hearing the great racing success stories from all the Cobra mini quad all across the nation. Nice going everybody!”

Bringing home ATVA titles this past weekend for Cobra were:

Cody Tittle (Florence, Ala.), 1st place, 12-15 90cc Production Sr.
Brett Musick (Verdunville, W.Va.), 1st place, 6-11 70cc Shifter
Bradley Rose (Ripley, Tenn.), 1st place, 6-11 Production Single Speed
Alexander Hammond (Palm Bay, Fla.), 1st place, 6-8 50cc Production Auto

Also racing well on their Cobra ECX mini quads were: Chase Horton (2nd 90cc Production Jr.), Cole Tittle (4th 90cc Production Jr.), Alex Szymborski (4th 70cc Shifter), Cole Sepesi (5th 70cc Shifter), Ty Peres (5th 70cc Shifter), Alec Miller (7th 70cc Shifter), Shawn Gilliand (9th 70cc Shifter), Todd Baber (3rd 70cc Single Speed), Zachary Gyolia (4th 70cc Single Speed), Troy Smoot (5th 70cc Single Speed), Jeffery Dodson (2nd 50cc Production), Dakota Deller (5th 50cc Production), Mike Gleason (6th 50cc Production) and Bryce Alig (9th 50cc Production.)

The little four-wheel Cobra rippers have this weekend off before returning to action April 28-29 for the ATVA tour stop at Birch Creek in Danville, Va.




4/16/2007
Cobras Sweep 50cc Stock & Modified Classes At Las Vegas Mini GP!

Cobra Factory racer Mark Worth tops ‘em all with three titles; Matt Burkeen debuts the new Cobra CX65 with a solid 4th place effort


HILLSDALE, Mich., (April 17, 2007) – To no one’s surprise the 50cc class at the 36th annual World Mini GP at Las Vegas Motor Speedway was again dominated kids on Cobra Motorcycles with Cobra Kids taking 21 out of 25 of the top five spots for an 84-percent top five success ratio.

Cobra was led by factory rider Mark Worth (Queens Creek, Ariz.) on his King Cobra. Worth won three classes on the week, including the 50cc 7-8 Stock class, 50cc 7-8 Modified class and the 6-9 Super Peewee class.

“Mark had an outstanding weekend and everybody at Cobra Headquarters here in Michigan was pumped to hear about it this morning,” said Sean Hilbert, President of Cobra Motorcycles. “And congrats to all the Cobra kids that raced at Vegas this past weekend. I hope they and their families had a great time, raced well, and we look forward to seeing them here at Ponca City in July.”

Also putting up multiple top five finishes at the Vegas Mini GP were a trio of California racers. Sean Cantrell, Cobe Lehnertz and Tristan Miller all put up excellent results in the 50cc 7-8 classes.

In the 4-6 50cc Stock class, newly signed factory rider Jordan Bailey (Orlando) won the overall championship, while Arizona’s Gavin Hultman (Apache Junction) won the 4-6 50cc Modified class.

Finally, one of the biggest highlights for Cobra Motorcycles was the maiden voyage of the new CX65. Raced by North Carolina’s Matt Burkeen, the box stock CX65 arrived in Vegas this past Monday – in a crate – and was assembled that night and raced Tuesday morning. Matt managed a 4th place finish in the 6-11 65cc Open Modified class (on a stock bike) and a 9th place finish in the 65cc 9-11 Modified class (again on a pure stock bike).

“We’re very pleased with the results and input we received on the CX65 from its first national level race,” said Hilbert. “Our goal this year is to post some solid top five and top ten finishes and Matt gave us a great start. We are all eager to see if an American-made minicycle, born from a motocross heritage that is second-to-none in American production motocross motorcycle competition, can continue to impress through out the summer and, hopefully, bring yet another title back to Cobra.”




4/2/2007
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3/21/2007
Cobras Flat Out Dominate Texas MX Amateur National Openers @ Oak Hill & Lake Whitney

Wrapping up second week of competition in Texas at Oak Hill, Cobras sweep every 50cc class title and make up 85-percent of top ten in all classes

HILLSDALE, Mich., (March 20, 2007) – Looks like it’s going to be another year of chasing the American-made Cobra motorcycles for all the manufacturers eager to get in or already involved with championship-level 50cc class amateur motocross racing.

This past weekend Cobra-mounted kids walked all over the competition at Texas’ Oak Hill Motocross Park, winning the 7-8 50cc Stock and Modified classes, the 4-6 Stock and Modified classes and the 4-9 Open class.

And if that wasn’t enough, Cobra unveiled its new CX65 motocrosser to the national media – a bike that’s sure to have an instant impact on the 65cc class.

“It was quite a week for Cobra to open the 2007 competition season,” said Sean Hilbert, President of Cobra Motorcycles. “Each year our competition is producing cooler-looking bikes, but when it comes down to racing them they just can’t seem to keep up with the Cobra CX50 Senior (aka the King 50) and CX50 Junior. Big congrats from the Cobra factory to all the Cobra kids who competed these past two weeks in Texas. Now get back to school!” (laughter)

Leading Cobra at Oak Hill this past weekend were factory-backed riders Michael Young (Concord, N.C.), who won the 50cc 7-8 Stock class and Mark Worth (Queens Creek, Ariz.), who won the 50cc 7-8 Modified class. Worth would back up his Modified class win by capturing the 50cc 4-9 Open class as well at Oak Hill.

Also noteworthy for Cobra @ Oak Hill:

• Tanner Stack (Oak Grove, Mo.) made the 7-8 Stock podium (3rd) in his first year in the class.
• Joey Crown (Metamora, Mich.) in 2nd and Ramyiller Alves (Coconut Creek, Fla.) in 3rd were both on the podium in the 7-8 Modified class.
• Gavin Hultman (Apache Junction, Ariz.) and Jordan Bailey (Orlando) went 1-2 in the 4-6 Modified class. Bailey then won the 4-6 Stock class with Hultsman 3rd.
• Cobra placed nine out of the top ten in the 50cc 7-8 Stock class, including four out of the top five.
• Cobra placed eight out of the top ten in the 50cc 7-8 Modified class.
• Cobra place 15 out of the top 16 in the 4-6 Stock class.

The week prior to Oak Hill, in Lake Whitney, Texas, Bailey won the 4-6 class with Tristan Lewis (Locust Grove, Ga.) in 2nd and Cobra National Team rider Brandon Smith (Azetc, Ariz.) in 3rd. In all, Cobra riders took four of the top five 4-6 50cc class spots, nine of the top ten and 15 of the top 20!

In the 50cc 7-8 class Cobra placed six out the top seven Lake Whitney spots, including Crown (2nd) and Tanner Morris (Orting, Wash., 3rd) on the podium. Cobra riders went on to capture eight out of the top ten 50cc 7-8 class spots and 17 out of the top 20!

The grand finale 4-8 Open class, featuring all the best riders from both classes was won by Cobra’s Worth – but not without a heated battle from Young (3rd o/a) in the second moto. Cobra wound up taking ten out of the top 11 50cc 4-8 Open class positions!

Next up for Team Cobra is the 36th annual World Mini GP at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, April 9-15. For more information on the event, link to the NMA’s website at: www.nmamx.com

Photo by Chris Hultner of Amateur MX magazine




12/30/2006
Cobra’s ECX Series ATVs Complete Successful Nation-Wide Competition Season For 2006

Cobra ECX50, 70 & 90 ATVs capture ‘06 titles in ATVA motocross, ATVA GNCCs, ATVA Extreme Dirt Track and WPSA motocross

HILLSDALE, Mich., (Dec. 29, 2006) – In only it’s second year of production, Cobra ATV’s competition line of ATVs have taken the competition scene by storm, bringing home multiple overall titles from race series’ across the United States.

“We knew we’d built what we felt was going to be a very competitive ATV, specifically right off the showroom floor. But we had no idea the Cobra ECX ATV line up would meet with such competition success at such an early stage in the product’s history,” said Sean Hilbert, president of Cobra Motorcycles.

In the ATVA (All-Terrain Vehicle Association) series’ motocross (GNC) class,

Cobra ATVs swept overall titles in the 90cc Production Class (Bren Marra, Sr. 12-15), 70cc Production Class (Brandon Tittle, 6-11) and 50cc Production Auto Class (Alex Symborski (6-8).

“A true test of a product is how well it performs without the advantage of costly add-on aftermarket features,” said Phil McDowell, Cobra’s Chief Engineer. “With this in mind we chose first to pursue the production class categories to prove the strength of the ECX ATV line. And by sweeping the overall ATVA motocross classes we were able to prove the ‘race ready’ worthiness of the ECX50 and ECX70 (in 70cc trim and larger 90cc cousin).”

One of the best stories emanating from Cobra’s Michigan headquarters in 2006 was that of Cobra ATV racer Walker Fowler. The 13-year-old honor student from Columbiana (Ohio) Middle School and his revolutionary new Cobra ECX70 mini quad swept the first six of seven GNCC rounds – and it would have been seven-for-seven had a rock not got lodged between his rim and brake caliper at the GNCC round in Missouri. With the effort Fowler wrapped up the Youth ATV title on the Grand National Cross Country Series (GNCCs) at the halfway point of the season!

“This is a heck of a reliable little ATV,” said Walker’s father and mechanic, Danny Fowler. “Because it’s so new there was some question as to how it’d run and if it’d make it in the tough GNCC conditions for one hour straight through the woods and mud. But let me tell you this, Walker couldn’t be any happier with it and, to be honest, we haven’t really done anything to it other than narrow it up a bit so it gets through the woods easier. Outside that we ran it box stock through the first five races – and won all five!”

Cobra also met great success on the ATVA’s Extreme Dirt Track competition series, winning both the 50cc Production Auto Class (Ryan Harness, 6-8) and 90cc Production Jr. Class (Seth Gann, 8-11).

And on the WPSA PowerSports ATV Championship Tour, Cobra ECX ATVs swept the 50cc Jr. (Corey Heath) and 50cc Sr. (Dylan Parker) classes, as well as winning the 70cc and 90cc classes (Tyler Pittman).

“Overall I think the Cobra ECX ATV line enjoyed similar success to our CM and King 50 mini cycle line,” said Hilbert. “The Cobra factory strives for success with both production vehicles and the results this year prove that our efforts have paid off.”




12/20/2006
Another ‘Banner Year’ For Cobra Motorcycles

Cobra-mounted kids dominate podium @ nearly every major motocross National event again this year

HILLSDALE, Mich., (Dec. 20, 2006) – Cobra Motorcycles had a big year in 2006. Not only did the legendary little yellow motorcycles again win nearly every major 50cc competition from Florida to Vegas, but they did so despite the distraction of the entire Cobra factory moving from Ohio to its new home in Michigan – along with developing two new competition production platforms.

“Between the move, attending every major mini National MX competition and launching the new Cobra ECX50 ATV and preparing to launch the new CX65 dirt bike, we seemed to be burning the candle at all three ends this year,” said an elated Cobra President Sean Hilbert. “Given all the ancillary projects going on – and the fact we were still able to win pretty much every major 50cc title we set out to win this year – 2006 goes down in the record books as one very exciting year.”

Beginning last March in Texas, Cobra opened the mini motocross National competition season by sweeping the Lake Whitney & Oak Hill Nationals. Cobra’s Blake Green (Riverside, Calif.) and Conner Mitchell (Oregon City, Ore.) were the big winners in Texas. Also starting the season on a high note for Cobra were several newcomers to the Cobra program. Jacob Williamson (Swartz Creek, Mich.), Tanner Stack (Overland Park, Kan.) and Sean Cantrell (Newbury Park, Calif.) all cranked out wins and/or podium finishes at Lake Whitney and Oak Hill.

Next up on the competition docket for Cobra was the World Mini GPs in Las Vegas. And again it was Green and Mitchell who’d shine the brightest for the two young King Cobra-mounted speedsters taking top honors. Green won the 7-8 50cc Stock class, with his teammate Mitchell winning the 7-8 50cc Modified class (Green being second). Then in the Super Pee Wee competition it was Green taking home the gold and Mitchell the Silver to complete an entire sweep for Cobra of the top spots in the 7-8 50cc class at Vegas.

“Blake and Conner got the momentum rolling for Cobra and nobody would be able to stop it – even though both those guys would end up racing injured later in the season,” said Hilbert.

The next major event of the year would be the 25th annual Ski Nautique/AMA Amateur National MX Championships this past week and weekend at Loretta Lynn’s ranch in Hurricane Mills, Tenn., aka “Loretta Lynn’s. And with Green and Mitchell on the mend, two other Cobra riders stepped up and took top honors. Led by overall 51cc class championships from Cantrell (4-6 class) and Coleman Martin (7-8 class), racers on Cobras were victorious in all six combined motos in the two class, three moto format.

A trip overseas for Cobra would continue the excellent results as Cobra Team racers Martin, Hunter Hilton and Ashton Hayes would sweep the top three spots in this year’s Moto Kids Masters in Blenod le Pont-a-Mousson, France. And speaking of Cobra’s in France (other than David Vuillemin), up-and-coming French MX phenom Jimmy Cossu. The seven-year-old clinched his first FFM (Federation French Motorcycle) 50cc title on his Cobra King 50. Coincidently, Cossu races for the same club that produced Vuillemin!

Wrapping up the 2006 competition season, as always, was the annual running of the Thor National Winter Mini O’s at Gatorback MX Park in Gainesville, Fla.

Coming up big at Gainesville for Cobra in the senior motocross and supercross classes were Mitchell and Stephen Gretchen. Mitchell, who raced Loretta’s with a cast on his arm and didn’t make that podium, took it out on the 50cc senior motocross class at the Mini O’s – taking the overall motocross class win. Mitchell then finished 2nd overall in the 50cc senior supercross class to Gretchen. Joining Mitchell on the podium in the senior motocross class was seven-year-old Michael Young.

“Again, I can’t say enough about the kids and families across the nation racing Cobras,” said Hilbert. “And we hope next year shapes up to be a great one as well. There is a very promising group of seven and eight-year-olds out there that will make the 7-8 50cc class very exciting, not to mention the great anticipation as to who emerges at the top of the 4-6 class.

“Add to that the new challenges with the Cobra CX65 class on top of that and I honestly don’t think 2007 will be any easier!”




8/25/2006
Cobra Getting Ready To Debut Its Highly Anticipated CX65cc Mini Cycle

Here’s a sneak peek at the bike everybody’s expecting to take the 65cc class by storm in 2007

HILLSDALE, Mich., (Aug. 25, 2006) – News today out of Cobra’s Michigan headquarters is big: The highly anticipated Cobra CX65cc bike is set to hit the competition scene by storm in February of 2007. And, for the first time, Cobra is providing an artist’s rendition of the bike that is sure to be an instant podium competitor in its class.

Without getting to technically in-depth (yet), the CX65 is designed to advance the heritage of America’s most successful competition mini cycle line. With more than 100 National MX championships – including sweeping Loretta’s again this year – Cobra’s name is synonymous with success and the CX65 will no doubt carry on that legacy in the USA-based company’s first move to the larger mini cycle class.

“With the move of Cobra from Ohio to Michigan, the launch of the ECX70 ATV in 2005 and the ECX50 in ’06, along with keeping our Cobra-backed athletes at National competitions across the country happy, we’ve had a busy year to say the least at Cobra,” said Cobra President Sean Hilbert. “That said, we never shelved the CX65 project, instead painstakingly working on it through evening hours and weekends to make sure the bike received all of the R & D time it deserved.

“And the result, we feel, will be a competition mini cycle that extends the success of our 50cc bikes into the 65cc class.”

Notable features on the new CX65 include:

• All new oval tube twin spar chassis
• Championship-winning engine platform, which is already stacking up National ATV GNCC & motocross titles
• All new bodywork and ergonomics

“We’ve taken our time and consulted with experts from all areas of the motorsports community in designing a bike that will leave the Cobra dealer’s showroom floor and instantly give the rider legitimate shot at the podium – just like our King 50 does,” added Hilbert. “This American-made bike is going to make a direct impact on the 65cc class in 2007.”

Stay tuned to www.cobramotorcycle.com for more information on the months to come regarding the exciting new Cobra CX65.




8/18/2006
Cobra Quads Clean Up At Loretta’s ATVA Tour Stop

Cobra’s winning heritage continues on quad cycles at Loretta’s – capture wins in every event they enter and wrapping up three o/a ATVA titles early

HILLSDALE, Mich., (Aug. 18, 2006) – Cobra Motorcycles’ mini quad cycles cleaned up big time on the competition at the recent Loretta Lynn’s round of the ATVA Moose Racing National Motocross Series, presented by Parts Unlimited, winning every 50cc, 70cc and 90cc production class they entered and wrapping up three overall class championships before season’s end.

“It’s was a good weekend for Cobra’s quads,” said Cobra Chief Engineer Phil McDowell. “Kids on Cobras won every class they entered and you can’t ask for much more than that.”

Cobra quad mounted champions at the Loretta’s ATVA round included:

Place Name/Hometown Class/Age

1st Alex Szymborski (Holt, Mich.) 50cc Production 6-8*

1st Brett Musick (Verdunville, W.Va.) 70cc Production 6-11

1st Dillon Starks (Murray, Ky.) 70cc Shifter 6-11

1st Tyler Pittman (Murray, Ky.) 90cc Production Jr. (8-11)

1st Bren Marra (Bordentown, N.J.) 90cc Production Sr. (12-15)*

* In addition to sweeping all the classes it entered, three Cobra-mounted quad racers wrapped up their division titles prior to the final race of the ATVA Quad National Series season. Also wrapping up an overall title with Szymborski and Marra was Brandon Tittle (Florence, Ala.) in the 70cc Production 6-11 class.

Also noteworthy was that in the 50cc class, Cobra quad racers took the top 18 (out of 20) spots. “The racing was exciting, but we were actually a little bit bored,” said McDowell. “There were three of us there from the Cobra factory and had very little maintenance to do over the weekend.”

Next up for the Cobra quad racers is Bluegrass Fall National in Blountville, Tenn. (Sept. 2-3). For more information check out www.victory-sports.com




8/10/2006
Cobra Motorcycles Sweep Loretta’s – Again!

Cobra-mounted racers take 1st through 10th in 4-6 AMA 51cc class, clean 1-2-3 sweep of the 51cc 7-8 class podium as well
Photo: Cobra's Coleman Martin, 7-8 class 51cc National Champion. Credit: Tony Scavo (www.tonyscavo.com)

HILLSDALE, Mich., (Aug. 9, 2006) – American-made Cobra Motorcycles again stole the spotlight in the highly competitive 51cc classes of the 25th annual Ski Nautique/AMA Amateur National MX Championships this past week and weekend at Loretta Lynn’s ranch in Hurricane Mills, Tenn.

Led by overall 51cc class championships from Sean Cantrell (4-6 class) and Coleman Martin (7-8 class), racers on Cobras were victorious in all six combined motos in the two class, three moto format.

“We couldn’t be happier with the results,” said Cobra President Sean Hilbert. “I’d like to extend a personal congratulation to both Sean and Coleman – and their families – for the overall Loretta’s championships they won this past weekend. And I’d also like to congratulate all of the Cobra-mounted racers that qualified for Loretta’s as well. Great going guys, good luck the rest of the summer with your regional races and we’ll see you in a few months at the Mini O’s!”

Joining Cantrell (Newbury Park, Calif.) on the podium in the 51cc 4-6 class were Hayden Justice (Utica, Ohio) in 2nd and Clay Woeste (Florence, Ky.) in 3rd. Highlighted by Cantrell going 1-1-1 and Justice 2-2-2, Cobra racers swept the top four positions in each of the three motos.

The podium in the 7-8 class was shuffled around a bit when moto 1 and 3 winner, Cobra’s Blake Green (Riverside, Calif.) crashed in the second moto and finished 32nd. Green’s 1-32-1 performance was good enough for 5th overall. Joining Martin (2-2-5) on the podium were Jared Jennings (Port Jervis, N.Y.) in 2nd and the UK’s Ben Watson in 3rd. Jennings went 5-4-2 on the week while Watson, racing in his first-ever Loretta’s, went 7-3-3. Cobra swept all but one of the podium spots (a 3rd in moto 1) in each of the 51cc 7-8 class motos.

Next up for the Cobra racers is the Winter National Olympics, aka the “Mini O’s,” November 20-25 in Gainesville, Fla.

For more information on the 25th annual Ski Nautique/AMA Amateur National MX Championships at Loretta Lynn’s, link to: www.mxsports.com.




7/31/2006
Watch Out! Here Comes The Famous American-Made Little Yellow 50cc Bikes @ Loretta’s!

World-famous Cobra Motorcycles enter Ski Nautique/AMA Amateur National MX Championships next week already owning nearly three-quarters of the entire field

NORTH LIMA, Ohio, (July 27, 2006) – Cobra Motorcycles, the little yellow American-made 50cc rippers and their equally talented “Futures Stars of Motocross” pilots, will descend upon Loretta Lynn’s ranch in Hurricane Mills, Tenn., next week for the 25th annual Ski Nautique/AMA Amateur National MX Championships.

Led by the top 50cc racers in the nation – Riverside’s (Calif.) Blake Green and Connor Mitchell (Oregon City, Ore.) – Cobra enters Loretta’s as the all-time winning bike in the class, amassing more than 100 AMA National titles in the last decade, including five out of six possible podium spots at Loretta’s last year.

“Loretta’s is our company’s time to shine,” said Sean Hilbert, President of Cobra Motorcycles.

“We’ve invested a great deal of time and effort into this product, backed who we feel are the future stars of motocross with the most decorated bike in its class and Loretta’s is the place where it all comes together.”

Here are the Cobra-backed favorites to vie for championships and podium spots in next week’s 50cc class national championship races at Loretta’s:

Athlete Class Hometown Notes

Sean Cantrell 4-6 Newbury Park, Calif. (Team Cobra, multiple national titles this year, should be considered the class’ frontrunner)

Justin Dunn 4-6 Raleigh, N.C. (Real fast, won the Southeast Regional in his first year competing)

Hayden Justice 4-6 Utica, Ohio (Team Cobra, multiple national titles this year, won his regional, considered a co-favorite with Cantrell)

Garrison Keane 4-6 Lewiston, Idaho (Multiple national podium finishes this year, could be the class’ sleeper)

Tanner Stack 4-6 Oak Grove, Mo. (Team Cobra, won his regional and has a national title this year from Lake Whitney, Texas)

Clay Woeste 4-6 Florence, Ky. (Hyper fast, but lacks the national-level experience, shot a the o/a podium for sure)

Tristan Charboneau 7-8 Terino, Wash. (Team Cobra, fast for a seven-year-old in a class dominated by eight-year-olds)

Jacob Edison 7-8 Woodhaven, Mich. (Team Cobra, again, fast for a seven-year-old in a field stacked with eight-year-olds, won a very tough North Central regional)

Blake Green 7-8 Riverside, Calif. (Factory Cobra, coming off a broken arm and decided to forego Ponca, has won every national race he’s entered this year, has to still be considered the 7-8 class favorite)

Hunter Hilton 7-8 Youngsville, La. (Has the speed to win, just finished 2nd in Blenod, France, in the Moto Kids Masters)

Coleman Martin 7-8 Macon, Ga. (Factory Cobra, is the co-favorite along with Green, Martin’s speed and experience helped him win the Moto Kids Masters race in France, also won a solid Southeast regional)

Conner Mitchell 7-8 Oregon City, Ore. (May or may not race due to an injury, won his regional, but his status for Loretta’s is “questionable”)

Ben Watson 7-8 Nittingham, England (This will be a fun kid to watch, races for Cobra UK, has a very real chance to podium, possible win, multiple-time European champion)

Jeremy Wilton 7-8 Eugene, Ore. (This is Cobra’s “sleeper,” the kid nobody’s talking about but definitely has the speed to win)

For more information on next week’s Ski Nautique/AMA Amateur National MX Championships at Loretta Lynn’s, link to: www.mxsports.com.




7/10/2006
NOTE - MOVING!

Cobra is moving to our new (bigger & better) facility during the week of July 10th, and the plant will be shut down. Starting July 17th, you will be able to contact us here:

Cobra Motorcycle Manufacturing, Inc.
240 Uran Street
Hillsdale, MI 49242

Phone: 517-437-9100
Fax: 517-437-9101




7/7/2006
Cobra Outgrows Current Facility





With all of our new products, and your success on the track, Cobra has outgrown our current facility. We are finishing up our new 50,000 square foot facility in Michigan and are excited to move in on July 17th.





Our new home address and phone number is listed below;



Cobra Motorcycles & Quads

240 Uran Street

Hillsdale, MI 49242

(517) 437-9100 Orders & Tech Support

(517) 437-9101 Fax





Remember to use our current phone number until July 17th (330-549-9600).



Stay tuned for future invitations and announcements of events at our new facility.



The Cobra Team.




6/28/2006
Finally...They're Here!


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6/17/2006
Walker Fowler Wraps Up GNCC Youth ATV Title – Barely Halfway Through The Season!

Cobra ECX70 mini quad racer Fowler captures titles in first six of seven Grand National Cross Country series races and also clinches a motorcycle title as well!



NORTH LIMA, Ohio, (June 16, 2006) – One of the more amazing stories to surface on the Grand National Cross Country (GNCC) tour this year has been the success of Cobra ECX70 mini quad racer Walker Fowler.


The 13-year-old honor student from Columbiana (Ohio) Middle School and his revolutionary new Cobra ECX70 mini quad have swept the first six of seven GNCC rounds – and it would have been seven-for-seven had a rock not got lodged between his rim and brake caliper at the GNCC round in Missouri.

“This is a heck of a reliable little quad,” said Walker’s father and mechanic, Danny Fowler. “Because it’s so new there was some question as to how it’d run and if it’d make it in the tough GNCC conditions for one hour straight through the woods and mud. But let me tell you this, Walker couldn’t be any happier with it and, to be honest, we haven’t really done anything to it other than narrow it up a bit so it gets through the woods easier. Outside that we ran it box stock through the first five races – and won all five!”


Officials at Cobra are equally excited for Walker and the success he’s met racing the ECX70 this year.

“Walker’s immediate success on the GNCC tour has exceeded even our loftiest expectations with the ECX70,” said Sean Hilbert, President of Cobra. “We knew we’d come up with what we felt would be a very good quad cycle and Walker Fowler’s made it a great quad cycle.”

Fowler’s most impressive win of the year came at the John Penton race in Millfield, Ohio. In that event Fowler won the one hour overall race by a stunning 18 minutes.


Riding locally in Ohio with the likes of Dave Simmons (GNCC Sr. class racer), and Four-stroke A class racers Brandon Summers and Mark Notman, Fowler has improved his quad racing skills immensely this year. And with the help of the ECX70 he’s pretty much been unstoppable.

“When we got that Cobra in March we figured out right away that’d it’d be a pretty good combination with Walker,” said Danny Fowler. “Our goal was to win every race and wrap up the title before the summer break – so we got one of the two goals accomplished. And hey, even Bill Balance loses one once in a while!”


In addition to his quad skills, Fowler also has been racing – and winning – in the GNCC’s 12-13 Big Wheel (motorcycle) class. In fact last week Fowler became the first racer ever on the GNCC tour to win his quad race on Saturday and follow it up with a win on his motorcycle on Sunday!

Next up for Cobra’s Walker Fowler and the GNCC tour is the running of The Wisp in McHenry, Md. (June 24).




5/30/2006
Cover Boy!

Six year-old Travis Wotring of Pennsylvania has been tearing up the tracks out east this spring. His head-down, go for broke style has put him in the lead of two different 50cc quad classes, and these results helped to land him on the cover of the June issue of MRA. Way to go Travis!



4/7/2006
Cobra Motorcycles' Upcoming Vegas Mini GP Team Features England's/Europe's Top 50cc Racer

Keep an eye this coming week on eight-year-old Ben Watson - the British 50cc MX champ and son of off-road great Rob Meek will contest Vegas Minis on a Cobra

NORTH LIMA, Ohio, (April 6, 2006) – Unbeaten in Europe last year until Cobra’s Zac Commans and Adam Cianciarulo showed up and went 1-2 in the World Mini Trophy Championships in Belgium, England’s Ben Watson, eight, is a year older and according to those a Cobra – “A whole lot faster.”

Watson, who’s here in the States with his father, Rob Meek, and staying with Cobra National Team racer Zac Commans’ family in southern California, will chase his new buddy Zac at the Vegas World Minis this upcoming weekend/next week. And, since both boys raced well this past weekend at Hesperia’s Competition Park, Ben and his father, Rob Meek, plan on returning in June to Glen Helen in order to qualify for the granddaddy of all amateur MX races – the 2006 AMA Amateur National Championships, aka “Loretta Lynn’s” in August.

“Ben’s a year older and a year wiser and is really peaking on the 50cc bikes,” said Meek, a longtime pro motocross racer and five-time pro class winner of England’s massive Western Supermare Beach Race. “It’s a tall order to come over here to America and race the Yanks in their own backyard. But Ben’s been doing well and having a lot of fun.”

Undefeated in 50cc class European competition in 2004, Ben actually clocked the fastest time in qualifying for the World Mini Trophy finals. Topped only by Cobra’s Cianciarulo (who’s sinced moved on to Kawasaki) and Commans, Ben was only seven-years-old at the time and is excited about bringing his experience and what he’s learned riding with Zac Commans over here to the States to race the Vegas Mini GP and the opportunity in June to qualify for Loretta’s at Glen Helen.

“Since I did good last weekend my dad said we’ll be able to come back over in June to Glen Helen and try to qualify for Loretta’s,” said Ben Watson. “That’d be so cool to qualify for Loretta’s.” Noteworthy: Ben would be the very first Brit to qualify for the 50cc class at Loretta’s.

Young Ben continued: “I had one more year in the auto class (UK’s 50cc class), but my dad said we should move up to the 65s. I got third this year in the first British Championship round against kids that were 12. And after four races we’re in fourth overall. We’re missing one of the series races this weekend, but I’m not too worried about it.”

In fact, about the only thing that worried Ben was that when they got to California it looked as if the plane had turned around and landed back in the UK. Sunny southern California was in the midst of a rain spell that had both Ben and his dad hitting up the local mall for some warmer clothes. “The wife had packed us with shorts and T-shirts, so we had go to the mall and pick up the appropriate clothing that we’d left behind,” joked Meek.

Asked if he was excited for the World Minis in Vegas, Ben said “Yeah, for sure!” Added Ben’s father: “Ben’s been counting down the days for this trip. It’s been an amazing experience so far and we’d really like to thank Cobra and Glen Commans for having us over here.”




3/15/2006
Cobra National Team Sweeps Podium in 4-6 at Oak Hill

Cobra National Team riders Sean Cantrell, Hayden Justice and Tanner Stack sit atop the podium at Oak Hill at the GNC Finals last week!



3/9/2006
ATVs On a Roll

This weekend Bren Marra will attempt to keep his perfect moto streak alive in the 90cc Production class at the third round of the ATVA Grand National Motocross Series at Gatorback Cycle Park in Florida. Bren has so far made a perfect sweep of four motos during the first two rounds of the series at Glen Helen Raceway in southern California, and at Oak Hill raceway north of Dallas.

Bren will be joined this weekend by a host of other Cobra Kids not only in the 70cc classes and the 90cc classes, but in the 50cc classes as well. Yes, you read that correctly…Cobra has successfully homologated its ECX50, and those ATVs can be raced this weekend!

Congrats also go out to Walker Fowler who earned Cobra’s first GNCC national win at the Orange Crush GNCC in Florida last weekend. Walker won the heavily contested 90cc production class navigating his Cobra ECX70 big bore through the Florida sand.

Good luck to all this weekend!




3/8/2006
Cobra Motorcycles Announces ‘06 Team

NORTH LIMA, Ohio, (March 8, 2006) – Cobra Motorcycles, the makers of the world’s most successful line of competition racing mini cycles, is proud to announce its line up for the 2006 Amateur Nationals races, beginning with the Lake Whitney (Texas) MX Park Spring Classic March 7-12, aka “Lake Whitney.”


The newest member of the always powerful Cobra Factory Team will be 2005 Loretta Lynn’s 4-6 National Champion, Mark Worth (Queens Creek, Ariz.). Joining Worth will be Connor Mitchell (Oregon City, Ore.). Mitchell has won seven National titles and will be racing the 51cc 7-8 classes. Representing California on Cobra’s Factory Team be two rippers in ’04 Loretta Lynn’s 4-6 National Champion Blake Green (Riverside) and Zac Commans (Westlake Village), the runner up at Ponca and the World Mini Trophy in Belgium. And joining Commans in the super pee wee class will be North Carolina’s Matthew Burkeen – always a threat to podium at the National events.


The trophies don’t stop with the Cobra Factory Team by any means as many more returning Cobra riders are receiving factory assistance from Cobra in their pursuit of National mini cycle racing glory. Those National-caliber Cobra athletes include: Coleman Martin (Macon, Ga.), a member of the United States’ winning World Mini Trophy team from Belgium last year; Bradley Esper (Howell, Mich.) and Jacob Edison (Woodhaven, Mich.) – two of the new school “Michigan Mafia” racers; Top West Coast racers Jarred Flowers (Yucaipa, Calif.), Maxwell Tedder (Surfside, Calif.) and Thunder Ralston (Phoenix); upcoming North Carolina speedsters Austin McKee; Pacific Northwest hotshots Tristan Charboneau (Tenino, Wash.) and Jeremy Wilton (Eugene, Ore.); Midwest front runner Hayden Justice (Utica, Ohio) and southern U.S. rising stars in Carter Stephenson (Rolla, Mo.), Hunter Hilton (Youngsville, La.) and Alec Lopez (Ocala, Fla.).


“Cobra has once again assembled a team of what we strongly feel are the top young motocross talents in the world,” said Cobra President Sean Hilbert. “Cobra is dedicated to making the best little bikes in the world and there is no better way to do it than having our engineers in daily contact with these kids and their parents. Supporting the best riders challenges us so that we can build the best bikes for everyone.”


Added National Sales, Marketing and Race Team Manager. Mike Burkeen: “This year the Cobra Factory and National outlook is real strong with seven returning members from the 2005 program. 2006 could very well be one of Cobra’s best years ever with several Cobra-backed racers having a chance of winning National titles in all of the 50cc classes. In addition, we always keep an eye out at these first two Amateur National races for any kids that might not have been on our radar last year. There are always a couple of surprises in Texas.

The Cobra Factory and National racers remain in Texas the week following Lake Whitney for the 30th annual FMF GNC International Motocross Final, aka “Oak Hill” at Oak Hill MX Park (March 14-19).




1/23/2006
Cobra Support at Quad Nationals 2006

Pittman Racing will be at all of the 2006 Quad Nationals, JMR will be at all of the Nationals with the esception of Unidilla and California, Big Country Motorsports will be supporting Cobra quad racers at the Texas National.



1/17/2006
Cobra Riders Dominate Big WinterRaces

California Gold Cup

7-8 Class

Division 1 - Blake Green 1st - Cob
Division 2 - Nathaniel Hamlin - 1st - Cob

Congrats on the wins

4-6 class - Total Domination - Top 8 all riding Cobras!

Sean Cantrell - 1st - Cob
Kyle Sullenbarger - 2nd - Cob
Brandon Harriston - 3rd - Cob
Weston Giem - 4th - Cob
Zay Solis - 5th - Cob
Cody Purcell - 6th - Cob
Johnny Crovetti - 7th - Cob
Ian Jones - 8th - Cob

Toledo Arenacross

Friday 7-8

Ashton Hayes - 1st - Cob
Jacob Edison - 2nd - Cob
Mitchell Harrison - 3rd - Cob
DJ Christie - 5th - Cob

Saturday 7-8

Mitchell Harrison - 1st - Cob
DJ Christie - 2nd - Cob
Ashton Hayes - 3rd - Cob
Jacob Edison - 4th - Cob

Sunday 4-6

Hayden Justice - 1st - Cob
DJ Smith - 2nd - Cob
Tait Morrisey - 3rd - Cob
Gunner Setterstrom - 5th - Cob

Sunday 7-8

Jacob Edison - 1st - Cob
Steve Gretchen - 2nd - Cob
Mitchell Harrison - 3rd - Cob

Baltimore Arenacross

4-6 Dawson Evitts - 1st - Cob
7-8 Scott Meshey - 5th - Cob


Golden State Nationals 7-8

Conner Mitchell - 1st - Cob

Florida Winter Ams

4-6

Brandon Jones - 1st - Cob

7-8

Kade Walker - 2nd - Cob
Devin Chester - 3rd - Cob
Hunter Chandler - 5th - Cob




1/9/2006
Cobra/Devils Ridge/ Open House

We are planning on expanding our open house this year. Tentatively the dates and events are as follows:



February 23rd and 24th - practice day at North Carolina Motorsports Park. I will negotiate fees with them. www.ncmotorsportspark.com


Gates will open at Devils Ridge on Feb 24th between 5:00 and 6:00 p.m.. Riding will begin at 9:00 and go till 4:00 on Saturday and Sunday. We will provide lunch on Saturday for the group. www.devilsridgemotox.com


I will have more demo bikes to ride this year, at least two of each model and they will all be sold on Sunday. Kincaid Racing will be there both days to support all of the Cobra riders. Riders of all brands are welcome. We will be splitting practice up into the following groups:



50cc 4-6 and 50 beginner

50cc 7-8, advanced 4-6 and beginner 65s

85s and advanced 65s

Big bikes (parents and siblings) and advanced 85s.


The event will be geared for 85cc and under but there will be plenty of opportunities for parents to ride their big bikes.



Please direct all correspondence to



mikeb@cobramotorcycle.com



The tracks have no idea what is happening yet so don't call them, I still have to set up the Thursday and Friday practice days.




12/28/2005
HUEVOS 8 Released!

For those of you into the quad scene, you assuredly know about the Huevos series of extreme videos presented by H-Bomb Films. Well, HUEVOS 8 takes this genre to an all new level, and best of all, it features the Cobra ECX70 being ridden to its limits by some of the most talented kid and adult riders the world has to offer!

Here's part of what ATVScene.com had to say (to read the rest of the review go to www.atvscene.com):

"From there, the movie takes us to several more GNC events, Jason Luburgh’s track, the Great Outdoor Games in Orlando, FL and on to some insane action on a pair of Cobra ECX70 mini race quads. You won't believe what these little Cobras are capable of until you see it with your own eyes. It’s hard to believe just how capable these mini race machines are in the hands of pro level adults and expert level up and comer, Tyler Pittman. Whether you are into the minis or not, you’ll probably be considering coming up with eight grand to put one in your garage after you see these things in action."




12/14/2005
Cobra Says Good-Bye To Its Most Successful Racer Of All-Time

Legend-in-the-making Adam Cianciarulo caps off 2005 season with yet another championship on his 50cc King Cobra

NORTH LIMA, Ohio, (Dec. 12, 2005) – Years from now this nine-year-old’s name could very well be spoken in the same sentence as amateur greats Carmichael, Stewart and Alessi. And if you base it on his amateur career thus far, he already should be mentioned with those guys.

Cobra’s Adam Cianciarulo raced the final race of his storybook 50cc career at the Mini O’s recently, bringing home yet another major amateur national motocross title. Cianciarulo, who’s smashed every 50cc competition record going all the way back to MX legend Jeff Ward and the dawn of minicycle racing, joins a list of former Cobra racers that’s reading like a ‘Who’s Who?’ of new school factory and pro racers and up-and-coming young teenagers who all grew up winning on Cobras.

“Adam has a very special place here with Cobra,” said Cobra President Sean Hilbert. “Not only is he, by far, our all-time winningest racer, he and his family have been an absolute pleasure to work with over the years and we certainly wish him the best over at Kawasaki. It’s not often a racer like Adam comes along – one who literally has the pits buzzing and people lining the fence every time he sets out onto the track. Cobra has been honored to provide Adam with his winning bikes.”

Along with benefiting from Cianciarulo’s global dominance of the 50cc class, record-wise, Cobra also received valuable input on its Made in the USA products from both Adam and his father, Alan Cianciarulo.

“Getting feedback from the parents is one thing, we get that all the time,” said Bud Maimone, founder of Cobra Motorcycles. “But to have a young man like Adam, who can put the test to our bikes like no other, then come in and, along with his father, explain what we can do to improve the bike has been a huge benefit.

“I’m really looking forward to watching Adam’s career blossom over the next decade.”

For his part, Adam Cianciarulo was asked a few questions regarding his career on Cobras. Here’s what he had to say:


Adam, how long have you been racing on Cobra motorcycles?

“I've been racing a Cobra since I was five and now I am nine.”


What are some of the best experiences you've had on a Cobra?

I won my first National on a Cobra and my last National (on a 50) at the Winter Olympics, also riding a Cobra! Belgium (World Mini Trophy) was a really cool experience, too. I had a lot of fun winning there! Riding a Cobra has been a blast and full of awesome experiences.”


What's your most prized trophy you ever won on a Cobra?

Definitely Loretta's! I was so happy I could win for Bud and Sean and everyone else at Cobra who's helped me out a lot by keeping me on the best dirt bike ever!


What advice would you give a young, up-and-coming racer who wants to make it to the national level?

“Well, there's lots of stuff. Have heart, race the track, not your competition. Don't be scared. Practice how you race. Listen to your dad. Be smart and you just have to plain want it more than anybody else. And, oh yeah, ride a Cobra if you want to get the job done!”


Thanks, Adam! Good luck in ‘06

“Thank you, guys.”

For the record, here’s a list of 50cc amateur national titles, along with this year’s Mini Des Nations (Belgium), that Adam has won on a Cobra. Noteworthy: Adam took 2004 off and didn’t race any amateur nationals on a 50cc bike.

Branson 02 4-6 Stock

Branson 02 4-6 Mod

Whitney 03 4-6 Stock

Moshier 03 4-6 Stock

Vegas 03 4-6 Stock

Vegas 03 4-6 Mod

Ponca 03 4-6 Stock

Ponca 03 4-6 Mod

Winter O 03 4-6 Stock Supercross

Winter O 03 4-6 Stock Motocross

Whitney 05 7-8 Stock

Whitney 05 7-8 Mod

Oak Hill 05 7-8 Stock

Vegas 05 7-8 Stock

Vegas 05 7-8 Mod

Vegas 05 Super Pee Wee

Loretta's 05 7-8 Stock

Winter O 05 7-8 Stock Supercross

Winter O 05 7-8 Stock Motocross

Belgium 05 World Mini Trophy





12/10/2005
Amateur Open of Motocross

Cobra would like to congratulate Conner Mitchell on his win in the 50cc 7-8 Stock class at last week’s Amateur Open of Motocross in Phoenix. Conner, aboard a 2006 King 50 and racing in his seven year old season, will be a major force to be reckoned with at all of the nationals next year. Congratulations also go out to Zay Solis and Sean Cantrell, winners of the 50cc 4-6 Stock and Mod classes respectively. Great going guys!



12/7/2005
Danni Williams - 2005 WMA Champ!

Congrats to Danni Williams who won the 50cc 7-8 WMA National Championship on her Cobra! Good going Danni! Below is a press release from the WMA.

Danni “Sweet Pea” Williams
2005 50cc 7-9 WMA National Champion

Danni Williams pulled the holeshot on her Cobra Kids sponsored Cobra King 50 and went wire to wire to win the first moto. After pulling the holeshot and subsequently falling on the first lap, Danni battled her way back to take the second moto win by a large gap and the overall with a 1-1 finish.

She also competed in the 65cc 7-9 class and 65cc open class were after a little bad luck finished 5th and 6th respectively. Danni looks forward to going back next year to compete for more WMA National Championships.

(Nov. 9, 2005) Bend, OR ¬ The 3rd Annual Z1R Helmets WMA Cup presented by Hitachi, was primed to once again be the largest women¹s race of the year.
The race was held in conjunction with the USA Team Championship at the Cycle Ranch MX Park, Floresville, Texas on Nov. 24 ¬ 28, 2005.

The Z1R Helmets WMA Cup is a unique women¹s event that includes the largest women¹s pro purse of the season (more than $ 10,000.00) and the most women¹s amateur classes offered at a motocross race (14 in all, starting at 50cc 4-6 years old) which gives girls and women the rare opportunity to race more than one class and to race other women their age, skill level and bike size.
The event hosts a special women¹s awards ceremony with six-foot tall trophies guaranteed to 10th place. The women’s racing at this year’s event broke all attendance records with an impressive total of nearly 270 women entries in the 15 women’s classes..

Another highlight of the distinctive race is the participation of women racers from around the globe. The 2005 entry list so far includes; Elin Mann (Sweden), Natalie King (Ireland), Stephania Padrini (Italy), Jo Adlam (New Zealand), Elien De Winter (Belgium), Larissa Papenmeier (Germany), Gloria Declari (Italy), Alex Haupt (Germany), Silvia Santaga (Italy), and Galina Valueka (Russia) along with most of the top stars of WMA Pro Racing.




12/2/2005
Cobra Apparel for the Holidays!

Just in time for the holidays! Head to the 'Wearables' section of our site and check out the new MOTO line. Keep warm and look stylish. New for 2006 are caps, hoodies, fleeces (for adults), and blankets.



11/28/2005
Winter Mini Olympics - 2006

The 2006 Mini Winter Olympics was a resounding success for Cobra Motorcycles and their racers! Cobra 50s accounted for 51% of the total entries in the 50cc classes, up from 44% the previous year. Cobra mounted riders took 67% of the top 10 finishes and an amazing 80% of the top 5 finishes. Adam Cianciarulo and Rookie White led the way, sweeping all of their motos for 2 championships each. For Adam it was his 17th and 18th 50cc titles on his Cobras. Congrats to all of the families, riders and the Cobra employees who worked so hard to make Cobra Motorcycles number one at the 2005 Mini Os! Great job!



10/24/2005
Cobra Powers Land Speed Record @ Bonneville

Cobra 50cc engine sets class speed record at Bonneville Salt Flats

NORTH LIMA, Ohio, (October 18, 2005) – In a recent AMA-sanctioned competition that was a bit of a departure from winning everything imaginable in the world of mini cycle racing, Cobra engineers, in cooperation with Alabama-based Wagner Racing, mounted an American-built Cobra 50cc engine into a custom motorcycle and made two passes at the legendary Bonneville Salt Flats – achieving a two run average speed of nearly 75 miles per hour and breaking the previous land speed record in its class by five mph.

The Cobra-powered bike broke the old AMA 50cc AG (Altered Gasoline) record of 69.633 mph by running a wind-aided 78.399 mph on the first pass, then coming back into a headwind at 71.106 mph – for an official combined time of 74.852.

“This was a project that Bud (Maimone) and Cobra engineer Alex Uspenski had worked on for several years with Wagner Racing’s Wiltz Wagner,” explained Sean Hilbert, President of Cobra Motorcycles. “Wiltz had approached us a while back after hearing of the success of our King 50 bike, featuring an engine that’s built right here in the States. And not that we were really worried about it, but now we can ‘officially’ say (Hilbert grins) that the Cobra 50cc engine is the fastest 50 on the planet. In all honesty, I think there’s quite a bit left in that thing.”

Wiltz Wagner of Wagner Racing began working on small displacement motorcycles in 1987. Combining on the project with his late wife, Wagner initially set out to break the record by modifying a Kawasaki KX 60 engine. When that project failed he (Wagner) went through a number of other engines, particularly ones produced in Japan, Italy and Spain. Not able to distance the gap on the record, Wagner approached Cobra and the two set out to power Wagner’s daughter, Belen, faster than anybody had ever gone on a 50cc bike.

“When Wiltz called over to the shop we though this would be something fun, a bit different,” said Maimone. “We did some dyno work, then tested with a stock motocross clutch. But we had some problems in that Bonneville’s at 4,200 feet and the clutch wouldn’t hook up properly. So we did some thinking and ended up fitting a 50cc top end on our six speed transmission. The end result broke the existing world record with ease.”

Keep in mind also that in order to race the AMA-sanctioned land speed record attempts at Bonneville one must possess a valid driver’s license. That being said, Maimone was asked what would happed if an eight-year-old Cobra factory racer got on the Wagner Racing bike – rather than a 34-year old woman.

“That scenario would be very interesting,” said Maimone. “And I think if the AMA allowed it we’d have a line of Cobra kids wanting to break the very land speed record we just set.”




10/16/2005
Remembering Twistin' Trysten

Please keep the Fortune family in your thoughts and prayers this month as it marks the passing of an outstanding kid. The Cobra Family had the wonderful opportunity of sharing Trysten's memory at Loretta Lynn's this summer, and many kids and their families (regardless of what color bike they rode) took the opportunity to sign Trysten's King 50 in his memory. Cobra will always reserve a spot on the Wall of Fame for Trysten’s sticker. The account below was submitted by the Fortune Family.


Beloved Son, Brother, and True Friend From The Word Go

This summer, my family and I traveled back to Hurricane Mills, Tennessee for a very special event. We were taking our 5 year old daughter to race in the Amateur National Championships. What made this more special was she qualified on her brother’s pw 50 that he rode there in 2002 and 2003. Unfortunately he was not there to ride with her, but I feel he was watching and cheering her on from a very special place.
You see, back in October of 2004, we lost our 8 year old son behind our house in a “FREAK” accident. A tree where he and his older brother Chandler were playing fell and struck Trysten in the temple and broke his C-2 vertebrae and he died instantly. He had played a football game earlier that day and was down behind our house working on their tree house with a friend and his brother. It was a place he loved and right next to their track. He died in a place he loved with a great brother and true friend that never left his side. Chandler, my older son is my hero. No one was touching the tree and there was no wind, it just fell. There was no real root structure on this Cottonwood tree.
My wife and I felt that racing was such a huge part of Trysten’s life that we needed to put some of his ashes there at the “Greatest Amateur Race” in the world. We thought that we would give our younger daughter two years to qualify on her brother’s motorbike and if she did not make it, we would just fly there and make a real vacation out of it. Not one consisting of driving forever! Well, Bless her little heart, she made it the first year and we had to drive all the way across the country to a special place that Trysten took us in 2002 and 2003. He broke and separated his left shoulder in 2004 and was not up to par when the Regionals came around. He still finished 7th overall as a 7 year old. His friend Chris Alldredge went for the first time that year. He was on Cobra’s and is fast. He took second this year in the 7 to 9 65cc class and dedicated his 1st place finish to Trysten his friend that he lost last year. This kid is all heart!
I got the pleasure to meet a lot of you this year at Loretta’s and would like to thank you all for letting your kids sign Trysten’s ‘04 Cobra that Cobra put on display at their trailer this year. They even put Trysten’s sticker on the “Wall of Fame” door for all of the past National Champions. He will never truly know how great that made me feel. I thank you from the bottom of my heart.
It is hard to put your kids back on the track after losing one of them. It is a scary feeling. My wife decided when we had kids to live our life’s for them and support them in anything that they do. Motocross is something they love. I feel it keeps my daughter close to the memory of Trysten because he took such good care of her when she was riding. Trysten owed a lot of his riding speed to his brother Chandler because he did not want to be last.

Trysten was special from the day a child starts to get his or her own personality. He was all speed. He talked fast. He walked fast. He only slowed down to sleep and give you a hug. He had a lot of great qualities on and off of the track. He could go up to someone he didn’t even know and give them a hug. Whether they were the hugging type or not, they were going to get one anyway! That is the way he is remembered by a lot of people. “The boy that came up and gave me a hug.” He didn’t care if a kid was handicapped or the color of their skin. As a matter of fact, if he met a kid with green skin, he would have ran up to him and said “KOOL, how did you get that way?” He always felt like he belonged. In any situation, he was comfortable. He would walk up to large crowds and just fit in without any worries about being accepted. He was constantly talking and smiling and joking.

I believe he was a great racer for many reasons. He pushed the envelope, riding right on the edge of being out of control. His normal form on the Cobra’s was almost always one foot off the peg and holding on, giving it full throttle. (The bigger the bike the better he thought.) He was riding 65cc’s and 85cc’s at 7 years. He had an older brother who he chased and eventually had to chase him. He didn’t get sore if he lost, he just gave 110% and if someone beat him, he was the first to congratulate them. He didn’t like to lose, but he was a gracious loser. (That is, in my book, a true champion. You don’t have to like losing, (You are in the wrong sport if you do!) but you have to learn to lose graciously.) He also would get up as soon as he crashed. He wouldn’t lay there and milk it, he wanted to get up and go so he didn’t get passed! (He once raced 5 motos with a broken and separated shoulder.) I remember one time he went over a tabletop at the local race and I was standing there giving him our sign for get centered on the bike. He thought I meant to hit the jump where I was standing. Second place was two corners back. I was standing in a nice cross rut! He hit the two ruts, one with the front wheel and the other with the back. He was 5 feet in the air and no way to save it. He bailed off and was up and running after his bike before it was even stopped. Yellow plastic dollars $$$ were still flying off of it! The second place kid (Kaden Beutler) came over the jump just as I got the bike going. Now the race was on! It went to the finish line step up double where Kaden rolled it and Trysten jumped it. Trysten hit Kaden’s back wheel and ended up second in that moto, but won in dad’s opinion because he did a jump he never did before. Winning isn’t always the place you come in, but beating the track and your last ride.

If I can give any advice to you parents that may read this it would be, live your life for your kids, not through them. (Sometimes us dad’s need to get on a bike and try to keep up with our kids that we may be yelling at!) Support them in anything that they want to do. Make them young people you can be proud of as young adults, both on and off of the track. Be a good role model. Take a lot of pictures and videos, because sometimes they are what you have left, along with happy memories and heartache and emptiness. Don’t leave any regrets and fix any problems that you may encounter that day with your kids by kissing and hugging them and telling them you love them. Let them know you mean it every day and aren’t just saying it.

The advice for the kids is simple. Decide what you want and go for it! Listen to your parents! Be a good sport and a good friend. Have FUN! When something is no longer fun, it is a waste of time. Enjoy your life and be kind to all!.

GOD BLESS,
The Fortune Family
Mark, Shamaree, Michael, Tarynn, Chandler, Trysten, and Micha.




9/20/2005
It's a GO!

Stay tuned here for more details! The new ECX50 will be available soon!



9/14/2005
The 2006 Cobra CM50

Every single 4-6 50cc national event in 2005 has been won on a Cobra CM50. In fact, adding up the possible top 10 finishes at all of the amateur nationals this summer, Cobra took 66 of the 80 available spots (83%). These results prove that nothing else in its class comes close to the CM50’s handling, suspension, or power delivery.

Improvements for 2006

• Cobra Friction Drive (CFD) – Revolutionary new primary gear/slipper clutch will greatly eliminate shock to the drive train (all parts from crank to rear tire), and testing also shows improved life in clutch shoes, chains and sprockets
• Revolutionary reduced maintenance Phase II clutch with all new arbor, bolts, washers and shoes
• Improved engine cases featuring lighter weight, improved cooling, and improved fit and finish.
• Stronger swingarm
• Reduced friction transmission gears and bearings
• Stronger front and rear axles
• Improved clutch cover featuring lighter weight and easier transmission fluid filling
• All new clutch basket featuring reduced rolling resistance
• All new ‘gripper’ seat cover.
• Improved fit spark plug cap
• New high-flow gas petcock




9/12/2005
The 2006 Cobra King 50

In 2005 riders showcasing the awesome capability of the King 50 have ridden to victory in 8 of the 11 classes at the Nationals. A victory at Loretta Lynn’s, as well as 6 King Cobras in the top 10 at this most prestigious race put an exclamation point on one of the finest seasons ever for the King Cobra. Put simply, no other stock bike in this class is capable of that level of performance, and big improvements are in store for 2006…

Improvements for 2006

• Cobra Friction Drive (CFD) – Revolutionary new primary gear/slipper clutch will greatly reduce shock to the drive train (all parts from crank to rear tire). Testing has shown improved life for clutch shoes, chains and sprockets
• All new front forks with smoother action featuring new cartridge with larger pistons, cartridge tubes and damper rods, and reduced preload fork springs.
• Improved fork stanchion tubes are 1 lb lighter, have a smoother finish and feature a new forged front axle carrier that is lighter and offers more positive front brake feel
• All new FOX shock offers excellent control and progressive adjustable damping. Note, European models will have Öhlins rear shocks.
• Revolutionary reduced maintenance Phase II clutch with all new arbor, bolts, washers and shoes
• Aluminum mini-bend handlebars with Scott grips
• Stronger frame and swingarm
• Stronger front and rear brake discs with new pattern for improved cooling
• Improved engine cases featuring lighter weight, improved cooling, and improved fit and finish.
• Reduced friction transmission gears and bearings
• Stronger front and rear axles
• Improved clutch cover featuring lighter weight and easier transmission fluid filling
• All new clutch basket featuring reduced rolling resistance center bearing
• Improved air filter with more surface area and better sealing
• Total weight reduction of 3 pounds, most of it unsprung weight
• New high-flow gas petcock
• Improved fit spark plug cap

If you haven't already, head to your dealer and reserve yours now!




9/8/2005
News from Rolla, MO

The following article was published this week in the Rolla Daily News. Congrats to Carter Stephenson for a great season and some good press!


Carter Stephenson is making a name for himself in motocross

Thursday, September 8, 2005 10:09 AM CDT

"I just like jumping and running fast," says Rolla's Carter Stephenson.

Carter, 7, is extremely good at both. So good, that he might eventually being doing it for a career.

Carter was recently ranked second in the nation at the 24th annual AMA/Air Nautiques Amateur National Motocorss Championships, which were held Aug. 1-6 in Hurricane Mills, Tenn., in the 50, ages 4-6 class.

This is quite an achievement. Most are thrilled just to qualify.

"Every motocross racer in the country wants to compete in the Amateur Nationals," says Events Director Tim Cotter. "A win at there can serve as a springboard to a lucrative professional motocross career."


Most of America's top professional motocrossers, including Jeremy McGrath, Ricky Carmichael, Travis Pastrana and James Stewart, have won AMA Amateur National Championships. A victory at this race is so valuable that last year teenager Mike Alessi from Apple Valley, Calif., was rewarded with a six-figure pro contract from the Red Bull KTM factory racing team after winning two Amateur National Championships.

"The level of competition there is greater than anywhere else," said Jeff Stephenson, Carter's father.

Born a racer

This is not just a hobby for Carter. Motocross racing is something he has been doing for a long time. He has been going to races with his mother, Shana, and father since he was two and he has been racing since he was four.

"We have had a bike ready for him since he was in the womb," said Jeff.

And, Carter has been racing pit bikes in the back yard with his brother Zach,11, who also races competitively, for as long as he can remember. He says that's one of the biggest reasons he has been so successful.

"I like to go fast," said Carter. "And, chasing my brother makes me fast."

Carter practices at least five times a week, and usually is on the bike for at least two hours at a time. In addition, he is at a race almost every weekend. Jeff reports that the family has been at a race track basically every weekend since March.

And, all the time invested has been paying dividends. Carter won the Missouri State Motocross Championship Series last year. And, he clinched the title again this year after just seven races, the fewest amount or races you are required to participate in to qualify for the year end awards.

This season Carter won six of the first seven events, including a race held here in Rolla at Mitchell's Motocross Park on Aug. 14. He finished second in the other. And, he has done all of this in dominant fashion. Each event holds two motos. And, you earn points for your finish in each moto to get your final ranking. Carter won 13 of the 14 motos in the first seven events.

Having already wrapped up the 2005 title, Carter is going to keep racing in the series, but just move up in class. He is always looking to race against the best competition. In fact, when he was asked who in the world he would most like to beat in a race, Carter responded Ricky Carmichael.

Carmichael has won six consecutive AMA Motocross championships. He has video games featuring him.

"He's the winningest racer ever," said Carter. "He is a pro. He should be hard to beat."

Winning at Nationals

Like mentioned earlier, Carter's second-place finish at the Amateur Nationals is his biggest achievement to date.

Over 20,000 dirt bikers spent four months qualifying for the event, and only 1,400 made the cut. Racers may enter a variety of classes, from minicycle classes for children as young as four, all the way up to a senior division for riders over 45. But, only the top finishers in area and regional qualifiers earn a berth into the national championship race.

Carter finished first in an area qualifier in Dequin, Ill., in March to qualify for regional competition. And, he finished second at the regional qualifier in Salem, Ill., in June to qualify for the championship race, which is held at a track built on a section of Loretta Lynn's Ranch and Campground in Hurricane Mills, Tenn.

Carter was competing against 41 other racers in the championship event, which held three motos. Each moto lasted for fifteen minutes then an additional lap.

In the first moto, Carter and two other racers checked out, jumping out to a one-half lap lead over the rest of the field. Carter ended up third.

In the second moto, Carter got bumped early on and fell over. He dropped all the way back to 15th. Carter responded by making up four spots quickly before settling in for a long battle with the dirt biker in 10th place. After finally get past him, Carter passed four competitors on the last lap to finish sixth.

In the last moto, Carter went from 11th to second on the first lap. He again finished third, earning him enough points for his second overall ranking.

The Stephensons were elated with the finish.

"We knew of a kid in Kansas City that was undefeated his entire career in the 65, but he didn't even get out of the regional. It was a muddy track this year, and he got bumped at the start and fell," said Stephenson. "That's the reason this is such a big deal. You have 10 kids around the country at about the same skill level. And, there is a lot of luck involved."

What's next?

With rising gas prices, you might expect traveling every weekend is taking a toll on the Stephensons. But, don't expect them to cut back.

"You have to give up everything else. The window is so small, you may never get the chance to do it again," said Jeff, who figures that if Carter just qualifies for the AMA Nationals again next year in the 65, ages 7-8 class and follows that up with another top three finish in 2007, he will start receiving a lot of national recognition and attention.

Helping pay the way are Carter's sponsors, which include Honda-Polaris-Kawasaki of Missouri-Rolla, Republic Mortgage and Finance, and Shannon Niday Motocross Schools.

"We wouldn't be able to do any of this without them," said Jeff.

So, what's next for the young star?

He just wants to keep getting faster and faster. Carter is set to debut nationally in the 65, ages 7-8 class at the Branson Nationals on Oct. 7-8.

"It's fun," said Carter.




8/18/2005
Cobra’s Revolutionary ECX70 Quad Cycle Wins ATVA O/A Title

“From crate to podium,” the ECX70 wins ATVA series’ 70cc production class and dominates championships at Loretta’s, taking first through seventh places in 6-11 production class and sweeping podium in 70cc modified class.

NORTH LIMA, Ohio, (Aug. 18, 2005) – Yet another American-made engineering/racing success story came from Cobra’s headquarters today, only this time it’s not with the legendary mini cycles, but instead with the all-new Cobra ECX70 quad cycle.

From homologation to dealership showrooms in spring of ’05, the Cobra ECX70, its chassis designed by the legendary quad engineer John Arens, has picked up on the amazing race-winning heritage of the Cobra King 50, capturing the overall ATVA ITP Moose GNC Quad Series’ 70cc production class having only been available to the public for a few short months.

“We knew it was fast, but we weren’t sure how well it would do in competition quite this soon,” said Cobra President Sean Hilbert. “Our success is a testament to the long hours put into this project at Cobra this past year, along with the passionate family involvement that goes with racing on the ATVA circuit. The numerous families and young racers that took a chance on this new quad cycle not only provided us with a great deal of valuable feedback, they in turn were rewarded with product able to provide instant success.”

Winning the overall ATVA 70cc 6-11 Production Class title this summer was David Beer of Dyer, Ind. In addition, two other Cobra ECX70 racers would finish in the top five overall. They include: Cody Shute (Manitou Beach, Mich.) in 4th and Casey Glaser (North Branch, Minn.) in 5th.

At the final race of the season, the ATVA Dirt Days at Loretta Lynn’s Ranch in Hurricane Mills, Tenn., Cobra ECX70 riders went nuts – capturing 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th place finishes in the 70cc 6-11 Production Class. Those racers were: Brett Musick (Verdunville, W.V.), Cody Tittle (Florence, Ala.), Shute, Dillon Starks (Murray, Ky.), Cody Land (Cypress, Texas), Tyler Pittman (Murray, Texas) and Brandon Tittle (Florence, Ala.) finishing first through seventh, respectively.

And if that wasn’t enough, the Cobra ECX70 swept the overall podium in the 70cc 6-11 Modified Class with Brandon Tittle, Musick and Land going 1-2-3, respectively.

“What makes that ATVA modified class win at Loretta’s even that much more interesting is that the ECX70 riders accomplished their podium finishes on quads that had very few modifications done to them,” explained Hilbert. “So you basically had three kids on the podium on Cobra ECX70s that cost less than $8,000 racing against kids on KTM and Kawasaki-modified quads costing upwards of $16,000 – or double that of what a Cobra ECX70 with a Arens-designed and built chassis costs.

“So with the ECX70 literally being homologated mere minutes before the AMA’s deadline allowing it to compete this year, these recent results really put an exclamation point on the end of the season for us.”

What’s next for Cobra? “We have several projects on the front burner right now,” said Hilbert. “We’re working on some ideas that will give the ECX70 much more reach. As kids get older, we want the product to grow with them. We’re also working at the other end of the spectrum as we make the best 50cc auto engine around and our new Friction Drive technology was developed with an ATV in mind. Our goal is to produce a sub-$6.000 machine for that class.”




8/8/2005
It’s Official: Cobra Minicycles Are Fastest At Loretta’s (Again)

Adam Cianciarulo and Mark Worth capture 51cc 7-8 and 4-6 classes, respectively, while Cobra bikes take five of top six podium spots overall

NORTH LIMA, Ohio, (Aug. 8, 2005) – Two young MX hotshots aboard the legendary Cobra brand racing minicycles – Adam Cianciarulo and Mark Worth - captured the top two spots in the 51cc MX 1 & 2 classes, respectively, this past week at the 2005 Air Nautiques Amateur National Motocross Championships at Loretta Lynn’s Ranch in Hurricane Mills, Tenn.

Showcasing the depth at which the Cobra minincycle phenomenon has spread across the nation, Cobra racers from five unique regions won five of the six available podium spots for the 51cc MX 1 & 2 classes. Joining Cianciarulo (Port Orange, Fla.) on the podium was California’s Zach Commans, who finished third overall. And completing the Cobra sweep with Worth (Queen Creek, Ariz.) in the MX 1 class were Carter Stephenson (Rolla, Mo.) in second overall and Bradley Esper (Howell, Mich.) in third.

“It’s what people expect from Cobra,” said Bud Maimone, founder of Cobra Motorcycles. “We have a team of people dedicated to working hard all year long with one goal in mind – building bikes that are capable of winning championships. And this summer two very talented boys in Adam and Mark were able to deliver those coveted Loretta’s titles back to the folks at Cobra. So from everybody at our factory I’d like to thank Adam and Mark – along with the legions of other Cobra racers battling for championships – for being a part of the Cobra family.”

Almost lost in the rush of Cobra bikes to the front of the 7-8 51cc pack was Cobra minicycle legend Adam Cianciarulo, who just last week was cleared by Dr. Steve Augustine to race Loretta’s. Adam had injured his arm in a practice session wreck a couple weeks prior to Loretta’s and was not sure if he was going to be able to race. Still a bit sore, Adam decided to race. His road to the eventual podium would not only be that much more difficult given his injured arm, Adam didn’t do himself any favors in the first moto by picking the #42 spoon in the gate pic – or in other words, the absolute worst start spot in the field.

But Adam isn’t the greatest peewee racer of all-time for getting lucky. The Port Orange, Fla., flyer was up to 30th place by the end of the first lap, then continued to pick off racers all the way up to 2nd place overall in the first moto of the 51cc (7-8) class. He then flat out dominated the second two motos to take the overall class title - his first title at Loretta's.

“This was Adam’s last Loretta Lynn’s championship run on a King Cobra and he certainly went out with a bang,” said Sean Hilbert, President of Cobra Motorcycles. “Adam is Cobra’s all-time leader in the wins department and we definitely wish him the best of luck in the future. We were certainly happy to have been an integral part of Adam’s success early in his career and will look forward to watching him shine in the years to come.”




7/27/2005
Team Cobra Rolls Into Loretta’s As The Team To Beat

More than two thirds of all 4-6 and 7-8 50cc class racers will be on Cobras this year!

NORTH LIMA, Ohio, (July 27, 2005) – Officials at Cobra Motorcycles are proud to announce its strong line up for the 2005 Air Nautiques Amateur National Motocross Championships – aka “Loretta Lynn’s.”

All totaled, 67-percent of the 50cc 4-6 class and 7-8 class will be aboard Cobras this year. And to put that into ‘You’re either on one or chasing one’ perspective, not only did Cobra sweep both 50cc class titles last year at Loretta’s, Cobra bikes also took an incredible ten of the top 12 50cc Junior Class spots - including 1st through 7th - at the ’04 Ponca City Mini National (where they're racing again this week), and swept both Olympiad trophies in the 50cc class at the Gainesville, Fla., Mini O’s – an overall combination of both supercross and motocross results for the racer.

This year has been no different leading up to the big race at the hallowed grounds of Loretta Lynn’s Ranch in Hurricane Mills, Tenn. Starting things off in a big way at the season-opening Lake Whitney Mini National was Adam Cianciarulo (Osteen, Fla.). Cianciarulo and his Cobra King 50 were unstoppable - winning the premier 51cc 4-8 Open Stock Class by going 1-1 in the two moto format, then backing that up with a 1-1 finish to win the 51cc 7-8 Stock 2 class.

Next up was the Vegas Mini GP where it was again Cobra wunderkid Cianciarulo standing tall (all 4’ 4” of him!). The eight-year-old was nothing short of amazing, going 15-for-15 in moto wins at the long-running mini National, breaking a record set at the event by legendary racer Jeff Ward way back in the 1970’s. Cianciarulo kept things going through the World Mini Trophy MX Championships in Jamonge, Belgium, May 14-15, dominating the rest of the world in leading Team USA to the overall team victory.

A tough break for Cianciarulo just recently put him on the sidelines with a shoulder and thumb injury. However, word just came in that famed motocross physician Dr. Steve Augustine just gave Adam the green light to try and race Loretta’s next week. So, if all goes well for him at the opening practice at Loretta's, look for Cianciarulo and his Cobra King 50 to be back up on the box once again in what will be his last race at Loretta’s on a Cobra King 50.

Plenty of other Cobra racers will certainly step up at this monumental event next week. Former Loretta’s champions Thomas Covington and Dalton Myers, multi-time Gold Cup 50cc champ Zac Commans, Connor Mitchell, Matt Burkeen and Jake Riggle will all be competing for the podium in the 7-8 class. In the 4-6 class it's much more of a toss-up this year. "There are at least ten kids that could walk away with the title this year, and thankfully, all of them are on Cobras," said Bud Maimone, founder of Cobra.

“Speaking on behalf of all the employees at Cobra, we are honored to provide the championship-quality bike that these amazing young men were able to race in order to qualify for the greatest amateur motocross competition in the world.” said Sean Hilbert, President of Cobra Motorcycles. “We wish every one of these young men the best of luck next week at Loretta’s as they continue to build upon the legendary American-made heritage of the Cobra motorcycle.”

Cobra-mounted racers competing at the 2005 Air Nautiques Amateur National Motocross Championships – aka “Loretta Lynn’s” – include:

Braden Meyer (Danville, Ill.), Carter Stephenson (Rolla, Mo.), Brandon Holnes (Two Rivers, Wisc.), Jacob Edison (Trenton, Mich.), Maxwell Peterson (Osceola, Wisc.), Michael Young (Concord, N.C.), Alec Lopez, (West Palm Beach, Fla.), Dru Campbell (Columbus, Ohio), Bradley Esper (Howell, Mich.), Ryan Miller (Kuwanee, Ga.), Tanner Morris (Summer, Wash.), Ryan Burggren (Tualatin, Ore), Garrison Keane (Lewison, Idaho), James Dalzell (Twin Falls, Idaho), Alec Mellick (Gilbert, Ariz.), Jeremiah Cole (Ft. Pierce, Fla.), John Belding (Flower Mound, Texas), Christopher Pickett, (Siler City, N.C.), Jyire Mitchell (Devonshire, Bermuda), Payton Morgan (Woodstock, Ga.), Austin Moore (Nashville, N.C.), Adam Kader (Pensacola, Fla.), Nicholas Schneider (Riverview, Fla.), Mark Worth (Queen Creek, Ariz.), Jerred Flowers (Yucaipa, Calif.), Rookie White (Temecula, Calif.), Tristian Charboneau (Tenino, Wash.), Tristian VanWieringen (Canada), Hayden Justice (Utica, Ohio), Brice Miller (Mansfield, Ohio), Kurtis Post (Lancaster, Ohio), DJ Christie (Flat Rock, Mich.)

Cody Price (Holland, Mich.), Zach Ross (Saginaw, Mich.), Austin Dodd (Flushing, Mich.), Jarek Balkovic (Camp Hill, Pa.), Kory Schocke (Imlay City, Mich.), Hayden Cabada (Colton Point, Md.), Jeremy Wilton (Eugene, Ore.), Brennan Beckett (Winnie, Texas), RJ Hampshire (Hudson, Fla.), Damon Fiore (Amityville, N.Y.), Joshua Wincott (Zephyr Hills, Fla.), Kinser Endicott (Corning, Calif.), Brandon Olivaras (Hollister, Calif.), Shane Smallwood (Beaver, Pa.), Robbie Vall (North Royalton, Ohio), Drew Lowery (Loudonville, Ohio).




6/6/2005
Loretta Lynn's Regionals Weekend #1

Congratulations to all of the Cobra Kids who qualified this weekend!

Southwest Regional - Glen Helen

4-6 50cc Stock
Rookie White
Mark Worth
Jared Flowers
Tristan Charboneau

7-8 50cc Stock
Zac Commans
Conner Mitchell
Kinser Endicott
Brandon Olivaris

Northeast Regional - Steel City

4-6 50cc Stock
Michael Young
Alec Lopez
Dru Campbell
Bradley Esper
Ryan Miller

7-8 50cc Stock
Thomas Covington
Jerek Balkovic
Kory Schocke
Hayden Cabada




5/18/2005
World Mini Trophy - Race Report

What a great time we had in Belgium! Thanks again to our very gracious hosts...The promotors and European competitors made us feel very welcome. I also want to re-thank the sponsors that pitched in at the last minute so that we could make the trip (Capitol Cycle, Wiseco, 7th Gear Performance Lubricants, Powersports Grafx, and Plasticwerx). Also, thanks to everyone that pitched in by PayPal...Your t-shirts will arrive soon.

While the full color version (in AMX) will tell the entire story of the event, here are a couple of bullets on our experience:

- On Saturday, we were wishing we were all back home...rain all day and thick mud on the track. Needless to say, the 50cc bikes struggled. We were fortunate to have all of the Cobras finish in a qualifying spot during the first moto since the promoter elected to cancel the second moto. Out of 100 riders, Cobra qualified all seven kids we had there into the main event - nearly 25% of the gate (four Americans and three Brits). That night we were up well past midnight repairing the carnage.

- On Sunday, we once again awoke to wet weather, but as we finished breakfast, the sun started to come out. When we arrived at the track, we found that the promoter had worked all night to clear the layer of mud away, and the racing surface was in great shape. Much of the talk in the pits was that the American kids were going to get beat...We just kept our mouths shut and waited for racing to start on a track that was in good condition.

- At the start of the first moto, a kid from England named Ben Watson (remember that name) pulled a big lead on the start straight (as one of the English Cobra parents said, "His bike must be tuned to a 65...We should call the scrutineer for a check out"). Before the end of the first lap, Adam Cianciarulo had the lead...Jumping over the top of Ben on a huge downhill tabletop. By this time, the crowd was going completely bonkers as they had never seen a kid on a 50 doing what Adam, Zac, Dalton, or Coleman were doing. All around the track we could hear cheers go up as Adam passed by.

- As for the other kids, Dalton Myers took a very hard spill on the first lap (one of the photographers there had play-by-play footage) and remounted in last spot, Coleman Martin rode in a very solid fifth spot, and Zac Commans made steady progress from fourth place to second place from several hundred yards back. When Zac passed into second place, the announcer shouted "Les Deux Americans!!" over and over. By the end of the moto, Dalton had mounted an incredible charge all the way through the pack into fifth, and Coleman slipped back a slot to sixth. By the end of the moto, the crowd had spilled out onto the track to cheer our kids on...It was totally nuts! People were actually standing on the faces of the big tabletop jumps yelling and screaming for the kids to fly higher and farther. I didn't get any good pictures of this, but some of the professional photogs there did. I've heard of this stuff happening in old GP races, but I never imagined it would be happening in a 50cc race!

- The second moto saw the crowd double in size as word traveled through the pits that our kids were doing some incredible stuff on their little bikes. The results were very similar with the exception that Dalton had some mechanical trouble (his clutch went out). Final results were Adam in first, Zac second, and Coleman in fifth. When we returned to the truck, there was a big crowd around it to see the kids and bikes that took them to victory. Someone actually offered us 20 Euros to buy our American flag we had flying (we let them cut it down for free). The awards ceremony was outstanding as well. The announcer played up to the kids, and when the Star Spangled Banner was played, all the kids removed their hats and sung along.

- Our new English dealer (Cobra UK) was great all weekend, and many of his customers were big help as well...The dads pitching in with help on the bikes, and the moms (mums) helping with the kids and keeping everyone fed. The promoter was also outstanding. He and his wife accepted us with open arms…Flying the American flag, giving us VIP access to the lunch and dinner (and beer) tent, and helping out with making last minute hotel accommodations. My only regret is that I didn't brush up on my French before heading over since that is the language spoken in Southern Belgium.

All in all we had a great time...Can't wait until next year.




5/3/2005
Team Cobra To Take On World’s Best Mini Cycle Racers

Cobra King 50-mounted Cianciarulo, Myers, Commans and Martin will represent America in battle of the world’s top mini cycle racers at the upcoming World Mini Trophy MX at Jamonge, Belgium, May 14-15

NORTH LIMA, Ohio, (May 3, 2005) – In an effort to showcase some incredible young motocross talent, American-made Cobra Motorcycles will jet four of its top nine-and-under 50cc racers across the Atlantic to represent the United States at the World Mini Trophy MX Championships in Jamonge, Belgium, May 14-15.

The first time ever that the dominant Cobra racers here in the States will travel as a team abroad has the American motorcycle industry buzzing.

“We’ve got some kids here that deserve the experience and global recognition, so we decided to put this competition trip together to represent the United States at a race with important worldly impact,” said Sean Hilbert, President of Cobra Motorcycles. “And of course, Cobra is looking at the European market for the future, and this race will no doubt help showcase what we strongly feel are the finest mini cycles in the world.”

The team Cobra has assembled to compete at the World Mini Trophy MX Championships consists of:


Name/Age State Recent Results

Adam Cianciarulo/8 Fla. 2005 Lake Whitney, Oak Hill and World Mini Champion

Dalton Myers/8 Fla. 2003 4-6 50cc AMA Nationals Champion

Zac Commans/8 Calif. 2005 2nd 50cc Mod, Vegas World Minis, multi-time Calif. Gold Cup 50cc champ

Coleman Martin/7 Ga. 2003 2nd place Loretta Lynn's 50cc Oil Injected


Though it’s late in the game, Cobra has offered up a affordable Gold, Silver, Bronze sponsorship opportunity to anybody wishing to back these young, American-made racers and bikes in their quest for global superiority. Interested parties can contact Sean Hilbert – via email – at seanh@cobramotorcycle.com.


Once back from Europe, these Cobra racers – along with other Cobra racers from all across the nation - will be competing in the coming weeks for a qualifying spot at the AMA Air Nautiques Amateur Motocross Championships (Loretta Lynn’s) in August. The next big amateur national race is the NMA Ponca City Grand Nationals, July 24-30.




4/19/2005
McGrath, Carmichael, Stewart...Cianciarulo?

The ‘Next Big Thing’ in motocross, all 4’-8”, 58 lbs. of him, dominates recent Vegas Mini GP on Cobra Motorcycles, capturing a record five division titles without losing a single moto – including a three division title sweep in the in the 7-8 50cc class on his Cobras!

NORTH LIMA, Ohio, (April 20, 2005) – Talk around the Vegas pits last week was that never since Jeff Ward in the 1970’s has a young mini cycle racer put up such dominant numbers at the Las Vegas Mini Grand Prix as eight-year-old junior motocross sensation Adam Cianciarulo. The Port Orange, Fla., flyer went an amazing 15-for-15 in the three moto format and swept every 50cc class he entered on his Cobra Motorcycles.

“The kid is breathtaking,” said Cobra President Sean Hilbert. “We expected him to do well, but were amazed – like those who lined the fences to watch him race – that he was able to accomplish what he did.”

One highlight in particular Hilbert mentioned was in the 6-9 Super PW Div 2 class when Adam didn’t earn his customary holeshot. He eventually took the lead on the last lap, pinning it down a straight, grabbing the front brake and entering the left-hander berm with his back tire at least a foot off the ground.

“And he rode into the berm on his front tire before he set the back down and railed back out of the turn. It was unreal,” said Hilbert.

Much like the way he dominated in Texas last month (Lake Whitney and Oak Hill), Cianciarulo and his Cobra King 50’s were the talk of the competition as Adam won the coveted “2005 Outstanding Rider” award for his record-breaking performance. The winner of this award was chosen from more than 3000 entries at this year’s NMA sanctioned Mini GP event.

“Definitely one of the best performances by a Cobra racer ever,” said Cobra founder Bud Maimone. “This kid has a legitimate shot at being one of the greats.”

Also putting in an excellent performance on his Cobra was Mark Worth of Queen Creek, Arizona. Mark fought off some very tough Cobra mounted competition in the form of Michael Young of Concord, N.C. and Rookie White of Temecula, Calif., to capture both the 4-6 Pee Wee Stock and the 4-6 Pee Wee Modified titles aboard his CM50. Dalton Myers of Riverview, Fla., Zac Commans of Westlake Village, Calif., and Jake Riggle of Woodland Park, Colo., also put in several outstanding rides throughout the week on their King 50s.

Cobra racers all across the nation will be competing in the coming weeks for a qualifying spot at the AMA Air Nautiques Amateur Motocross Championships (Loretta Lynn’s) in August. The next big amateur national race is the NMA Ponca City Grand Nationals, July 24-30.




4/5/2005
Cobra Takes 1-2 in its ECX70 National Debut

Congratulations to Cobra riders Cody Shute of Manitoe Beach, Michigan and David Beer of Dyer, Indiana for sweeping the top two spots of the ATVA GNC Motocross Round 4 at Echeconnee MX Park last weekend. The weekend was full of firsts including Shute’s first ever national event win and the debut of the new Cobra ECX70 in the 70cc production class.

Shute and Beer also took away $100 and $75 respectively in Cobra Bucks contingency from their podium finishes. Great job guys!




3/17/2005
ECX70s Ready To Ship!

The ATVA paid Cobra a visit on Tuesday March 15th to homologate the new ECX70, and we’re happy to say that we’re legal to run in the Production 70 class for all ATVA Motocross, TT, and GNCC events!

For more information on this awesome machine, email us at info@cobramotorcycle.com.




3/16/2005
Lake Whitney!

Cobras Nest On Podium Of 11th Annual Lake Whitney Spring Motocross Classic

Cobras sweep the title in every 50cc class they entered, highlighted by 1st through 6th finish in 4-6 Stock Class 1 and Cianciarulo’s overall week

NORTH LIMA, Ohio, (March 16, 2005) – Let by junior motocross sensation Adam Cianciarulo (Port Orange, Fla.), Cobra Motorcycles started the 2005 amateur national motocross competition season with a bang, winning every single class they entered at the 11th annual Lake Whitney Spring Motocross Classic this past week/weekend in Texas.

Cianciarulo and his Cobra King 50 were unstoppable - winning the premier 51cc 4-8 Open Stock Class by going 1-1 in the two moto format, then backing that up with a 1-1 finish to win the 51cc 7-8 Stock 2 class.

“Adam is a special kid with a great future ahead of him and we’re very pleased to have him back on a Cobra this summer,” said Cobra President Sean Hilbert. “And if all goes as planned, as it did at Lake Whitney, he’ll have a Carmichael-like summer on his Cobra King 50 at all the major amateur national motocross events.”

Cobra racers were equally dominant in the 51cc support classes. In the 51cc 4-6 Class 3 Oil race, Cobra swept the podium with Michael Young (Concord, N.C.), Jacob Edison (Woodhaven, Mich.) and Jyire Mitchell (Ellenwood, Ga.) coming in 1st, 2nd and 3rd, respectively.

Then, in what had to be the weekend’s most dominant performance out of any class in a multi-brand line up, Cobra captured 1st through 6th place in the 51cc Stock 4-6 Class 1. Cobra was led on the podium by Mark Worth (Queen Creek, Ariz.), Young and Edison in 1st, 2nd and 3rd, respectively.

“I can’t say enough for the efforts these kids put forth,” added Hilbert. “At Cobra we work very hard to design and construct the best possible racing machine for these kids. And when they do this well, and word gets back to our factory, you wouldn’t believe how proud the people are who make these amazing bikes.”

Following the GNC MX finals in Oak Hill (Texas) this week, Cobra’s next big race is the World Mini Grand Prix in Las Vegas, April 11 through 17.




2/5/2005
Quad Highlights Video

Watch a brief video on Cobra's new quad and learn about the technology we put into it the most advanced race ready mini-quad on the market.

http://www.miniquadracing.com/cobra70.wmv




2/3/2005
New Women's Rhinestone Shirt

Cobra recently added a high quality rhinestone shirt in limited quantities. Genuine Swarovski® Rhinestone Crystals - Made in Austria since 1895, Swarovski crystals sparkle like crazy and are the best rhinestones money can buy. Nothing compares for brilliance, clarity and quality. See it in the Cobra store under apparel.



1/9/2005
ECX70 Q&A

Q: Will the Cobra ECX70 be legal for the ATVA 70cc production classes in 2005 and beyond?

A: Yes.

Q: When will the ECX70 be released to the public?

A: We will start shipping units in mid-March

Q: How did late fall testing go, and what changes are being made over the unit that was on display at the ATV Expo?

A: Testing has proceeded very well. Chassis and engine performance are both outstanding, however, we couldn’t leave well enough alone! We’ve lengthened the swingarm to provide more stability in the rough stuff, and we altered front-end geometry to provide more suspension travel (almost 11” now) and to minimize bump steer. We’re also replacing the separate gas tank/tank cover combo with a single-piece tank to reduce weight and increase fuel capacity for everyone who will be racing cross-country events this year.

Q: How can I get one?

A: Contact your dealer and fill out a Production Slot Hold Form. We’re shipping units strictly in the order that we receive deposits, so the earlier you reserve your spot in line, the quicker you get your new ECX70!

Q: Does Cobra provide consumer financing?

A: We do not have a national-level financing program, however, many of our dealers have several financing options available.

Q: Will Cobra be supporting any quad races this year?

A: We will do a limited support schedule this year for selected rounds of the ATVA motocross nationals and GNCC events. In addition, several of Cobras new quad dealers will be supporting these races all summer long. Either way, you will receive excellent support at the big races.

Q: Is Cobra sponsoring any riders on the ECX70 this year?

A: We are not fielding a factory team for 2005. All of our focus will be on launching a great product and supporting EVERY one of our dealers and end customers with outstanding service.

Q: What’s next?

A: ???????




12/15/2004
The color is...

To put an end to all the debate over just what color the 2005 King 50 frame will be, we've posted a spy photo of our assembly floor. The answer is...RED.

Now if only everyone would get that excited over changes we've made to make the bike faster, better handling, and more reliable...Sheesh!




11/30/2004
Little Yellow Cobras Run Wild Over Competition @ Mini O’s!

World’s most successful 50cc minicycles absolutely dominate 50cc classes at Gainsville

NORTH LIMA, Ohio, (Nov. 30, 2004) – With one of the most successful performances by any brand of bike ever at the Mini O’s at Gatorback Cycle Park in Gainsville, Fla., Cobra Motorcycles ran away with all the prizes – sweeping all four 50cc class races in both the motocross and supercross divisions, while also capturing both 50cc Olympiad titles this past weekend.

In all, two different Cobra-mounted riders won the coveted Olympiad Championship trophy (overall MX/SX winners). They include: Max Tannenbaum (Lilburn, Ga.) and Connor Mitchell (Oregon City, Ore.). Also winning a division (7-8 50cc SX) was Tyler McSwain (Shelby, N.C).

Bottom line: Cobra swept every class and Cobra-mounted riders represented 75-percent of the top ten 50cc Olympiad finishers throughout the entire competition.

“We couldn’t be happier with our riders’ performances this past weekend in Florida,” said Sean Hilbert, president of Cobra Motorcycles. “Our current team members put up the numbers we figured they would and we were pleasantly surprised by the performances from several newcomers. All-in-all it was another weekend for the record books for Cobra.”

Some other notable top five performances from Cobra riders at the Gainesville Mini O’s included:

4-6 50cc Supercross Division
2nd Parker Fleming, Cobra, Quinlan, Texas
3rd Jared Jennings, Cobra, Port Jervis, N.Y.
4th Blake Green, Cobra, Corona, Calif.

7-8 50cc Supercross Division
3rd Thomas Covington, Cobra, Oshkosh, Wisc.
5th Dalton Myers, Cobra, Riverview, Fla.

4-6 Motocross Division
3rd Parker Fleming, Cobra, Quinlan, Texas
4th Hunter Hilton, Cobra, Youngsville, La.

7-8 Motocross Division
2nd Nick Gaines, Cobra, Ringgold, Ga.

Cobra’s next major competition will be this weekend’s inaugural Amateur Open in Phoenix, followed by the Lake Whitney Spring National in March (’05).


Cobra, founded in 1993, produces the most successful line of competition minicycles in the United States with more than 45 national titles in the last decade. Based out of Youngstown, Ohio, Cobra's mission is to build premium minicycles for the serious racer. For more information on Cobra products, please visit our website at cobramotorcycle.com.


High Profile Public Relations, LLC is a multi-faceted communications agency specializing in strategic media relations – both industry and mainstream – for the powersports and action sports communities. Dialed in with all forms of power and action sports, its participants, manufacturers and live event promoters, HPPR’s Pat Schutte can be reached at (734) 369-2170 and pat@highprofilepr.com. For more information, please visit www.highprofilepr.com.




11/15/2004
Cobra News

There are all kinds of things going on at the Cobra factory right now (including packing up the big rig and heading to Florida for the Winter O’s), but before getting into any of that, we need to send a big congratulations to Cooper Webb for his complete domination of the Branson USA nationals last month! Cooper won a total of four classes including 50cc 7-8 stock and 50cc 7-8 mod on his Cobra King 50. That’s Cooper tearing into a berm on the top left. Way to go Cooper! While we’re at it, we also need to give some props to Carter Stephenson for putting his Cobra CM50 into the winner’s circle in both the 4-6 stock and mod classes.

Speaking of Cooper, he is one of several top riders that are making the Winter O’s their final AMA 50cc national event. Tyler McSwain (the AMA national champ), Nick Gaines, and Max Tannenbaum are all going to be gunning for their last big AMA win in the 50cc class next week. We wish them all good luck, and we’ll certainly miss them next year. If you’re heading to Gainesville next week, make sure to line the fences for that race; it’s going to be a barn burner! Maybe we can talk some of these guys into doing a few SuperPeewee events throughout the 2005 season…???

Besides getting ready for one of the biggest races of the year, what is keeping us busy right now? Well, one thing was our very first Dealer Technical Training class last week. Dealers from throughout North America (including our newest dealer in Guatemala!) joined us for three days of tearing into engine and suspension components. Our goal is to supply our dealers with the kind of information and skill that will ensure our customers a fun and successful race experience. This class was just the start.

Oh yeah…We’re also busy putting bikes together. PW3s and CMs will start shipping in the next week, and Kings will start ten days after that. Each ’05 receives big updates for 2005 including improvements to performance, durability, and serviceability. It’s going to be a great year to be on a Cobra!

Finally, everyone should run out and grab the Nov/Dec 2004 issue of Moto Kids magazine. Not only is Cobra featured on the cover, but there is a nice piece on the King 50 and a cool mod bike shootout. If you don’t have a subscription, head out to Wal-Mart or Boarders today and pick up a copy!




10/15/2004
Cobra Unleashes its Quad!

Industry braces itself for the quickest, best-performing, out-of-the crate race-ready junior quadcycle – courtesy of the company whose heritage includes producing the most successful competition minicycles of all time


LOUISVILLE, Ky., (Oct. 11, 2004) – History will be made this week at the Kentucky International Convention Center’s ATV EXPO (Oct. 14-17) when Cobra Motorcycles rolls out its revolutionary, competition-ready 70cc quad cycle – the ECX70.

According to officials at Cobra – the most highly decorated competition mini cycle company of all time – the ECX70 will be the first showroom floor/race-ready competition mini cycle available. Like it brethren, the legendary Cobra mini cycles that have won more than 100 National AMA Titles throughout the past decade, this rowdy little beast will be ready for the winner’s circle right out of the crate!

“Our valued customers would expect nothing less from Cobra than to go from the showroom floor directly to the podium,” said Cobra President Sean Hilbert. “The world-renowned Cobra racing heritage will be passed along to the ECX70 and young athletes will experience – on four wheels – what our many champions have felt on two wheels with our seemingly world-class line of mini cycles.”

Some of the features on the new and exciting Cobra ECX70 junior quad cycle include:

• Patent-pending chassis, designed by Arens Bros. Racing
• Dual A-arm front suspension featuring Fox Shox
• Directlink® rear suspension with fully adjustable shock
• Lightweight hydraulic disc brakes front and rear
• High output engine w/ six-speed sequential gearbox and hydraulic clutch
• 24mm D-slide carb coupled with a Boyesen RAD valve intake manifold

Top this off with cutting-edge styling and world-class Cobra customer support and you have an unbeatable package.

“I’m really proud of what we have been able to do with this little quad,” said Hilbert. “Much like our bikes, if you take a close look you realize that there’s nothing like it on the market - not even a full size unit! Right out of the crate it has world-class suspension, braking, and engine components – stuff that drastically improves performance and would cost thousands of dollars from the aftermarket.”

Hilbert continued: “We’ve been watching the competition quad market for awhile, and it’s a natural extension of our business model. Cobra’s goal is to supply the best youth competition products in the world, and the ECX70 fits squarely into that target.”

Cobra will start shipping the ECX70 in March of 2005 on a first come, first serve basis, following homologation by the ATVA. Reserved production slots will be made available starting this week at the ATV EXPO.

As a final note, Hilbert said – concerning the high performance nature of the ECX70 quad cycle - “As with our bikes, this product will not be for everybody. We are seeking out only the most talented kids who are experienced racers. This quad is not designed for the backyard.”

Cobra, founded in 1993, produces the most successful line of competition minicycles in the United States with more than 45 national titles in the last decade. Based out of Youngstown, Ohio, Cobra's mission is to build premium power products for the serious racer. For more information on Cobra products, please visit our website at cobramotorcycle.com.

High Profile Public Relations LLC is a multi-faceted communications agency specializing in strategic media relations – both industry and mainstream – for the powersports and action sports communities. Dialed-in with all forms of power and action sports, its participants, manufacturers and live event promoters, HPPR’s Pat Schutte can be reached at (248) 821-3380 and pat@highprofilepr.com.




9/29/2004
Spotlight – 2005 King Air Box

A key improvement for 2005 will be the complete re-design of the King 50’s air intake system. Better resistance to mud and dust, improved low-end power, cleaner jetting, and reduced noise output are all in store for next season.

As you can see from the photograph, our air filter is placed in a near-vertical orientation so that water and debris can pass harmlessly by the filter and through the air box drain. This is much superior to mounting the air filter horizontally where anything that passes by the filter ends up going straight into the engine.




9/28/2004
Spotlight - 2005 King Cooling System

In our ever increasing drive for more power, more heat is inevitably produced. To combat this, we’ve improved the entire cooling system for the 2005 King. The radiator’s cooling capacity is 33% larger, and we moved it from the right side of the bike to the left side. This keeps critical cooling components away from the hot exhaust pipe allowing the system to do its job more effectively. Furthermore, as mentioned in our Engine Case Spotlight, we’ve also re-shaped the coolant path into the pump for better flow.

The result: Your 2005 King will be as strong at the end of a moto as it is going into the first turn.

Next up...2005 King Airbox.




9/27/2004
Spotlight - 2005 King Wheels

Cobra already produces the lightest and strongest wheels on the market, and we back that up with our exclusive Limited Wheel Warranty. For 2005, one of our goals was to reduce un-sprung mass (the weight that moves up and down with the suspension) and rotating mass, and the wheels are squarely in that target. What does this mean on the track? Better handling, better suspension action, and improved launch off the starting line.

As with the engine, we also wanted to make the bike easier to maintain. Improvements for 2005 include:

• A lighter front wheel by nearly a pound. We carefully re-shaped spokes and sculpted the hub area to achieve this weight reduction without any reduction in overall strength.
• A lighter rear wheel by three quarters of a pound. Same story…
• Easier to maintain. While we were at it we also designed a captured wheel spacer set into the wheels. This means less juggling of parts when the wheel is removed or installed. We also included stronger wheel bearings and stronger bearing spacers while we were at it.

Next up…2005 King cooling system.




9/26/2004
Spotlight – 2005 Engine Cases

With the “Spotlight” feature, we will highlight information on specific improvements that Cobra will bring to our customers for 2005. To start this feature off, we’ll focus on the nearly thirty five improvements that we have made to our engine cases making the engine more powerful, lighter, stronger, more durable, and easier to service. Details include:

• Reduced weight. This past year, we put the Cobra engine on a ‘shrink wrap’ diet…Every piece of metal that absolutely didn’t need to be there was removed. The result is a set of cases that are over a pound lighter than their predecessor.

• Improved performance. We spent plenty of time in the dyno room and on the track improving air and fuel delivery to the cylinder. Our new crankcase transfer port design enhances low end power and throttle response.

• More strength. This year we increased the strength of every bolt boss for more sure mounting of the ignition and clutch covers, increased the size of our cylinder studs for more robust cylinder mounting, and we added strength to the swingarm pivot area.

• Improved bottom-end durability. Several improvements for 2005 are in store including new crank bearing oiling holes and enhanced oil routing to the crank bearings.

• Better coolant flow. By optimizing the delivery of the coolant into the water pump, we have improved coolant flow and overall engine cooling for next year.

• Easier serviceability. With our new metric engine, the number of tools needed to service your engine is dramatically reduced. We also added features into the cases to aid when splitting the engine – no more marred gasket surfaces.

More to follow! The next Spotlight will feature our new 2005 wheels.




9/20/2004
The 2005 King 50

The King 50 lived up to its name in 2004 sweeping all of the big races this summer including both the stock and modified titles at Ponca City, and the AMA National Championship at Loretta Lynn’s. The 2004 King was in a class of its own, and some big improvements are in store for 2005…

Enhanced Engine Performance. The King has new crankcase transfer ports for better throttle response and low-end, and a straight cut primary gear for reduced friction.

Improved Cooling. With 33% more radiator capacity, the King will be as strong at the end of a moto as it was going into the first turn.

New Airbox. The King 50 gets an airbox for 2005! Not only with this addition improve durability and reduce noise output, but improved low-end engine performance also comes along with the package.

More Supple Front Fork. No one else even thinks about putting a full cartridge fork on a 50cc bike (or a 65cc bike for that matter). Cobra’s USD 30mm fork gets even better for 2005 with the addition of ultra slick glide bushings for smoother action.

Lighter weight. We’ve managed to remove nearly a pound from each wheel (wheels that are already lighter than any spoked wheel on the market). While we were at it, we also took one and a half pounds out of the engine.

Stay tuned to this news page. Over the next week, we will be detailing specific improvements and explaining how they will benefit you on the track and back in the pits!




9/8/2004
First Cobra 250cc Podium

Well not really, but Mike Alessi did start out on a Cobra. Love him or hate him, Mike will be an exciting addition to the pro ranks.



9/2/2004
Handy Dandy Chart

We put this gearing chart together for the 2005 service manuals, however, it's so handy we thought we'd post it right away. Print it out and stick it in your tool box or on the wall of your trailer!

(note: you must click on the image to open a full size version)




8/17/2004
Cool Sticker

Cobra's very own Thomas Covington was featured on this year's Loretta Lynn's parking sticker...Way to go Thomas!



8/11/2004
Cobra Proves It’s King Of The Minicycles @ Loretta’s

After dominating Ponca City, Cobra riders show up in force at Loretta Lynn’s last week and captured championships in both the 4-6 & 7-8 50cc AMA classes.


ANAHEIM, Calif., (August 11, 2004) – The buzz at the AMA Air Nautiques National Amateur Championships last week was that American-made Cobra Motorcycles absolutely dominated the 50cc class at Loretta Lynn’s Ranch, taking all but one podium spot – including the overall championships in both the AMA 51cc 4-6 class and AMA 51cc 7-8 class. This marks Cobra’s tenth year at Loretta Lynn’s and its 17th and 18th National Championships during that period.


Cobra racers Blake Green (Corona, Calif.) and Tyler McSwain (Shelby, N.C.) won the titles, with Green going a perfect 1-1-1 in the three moto format, while McSwain’s only moto loss (1-1-2) en-route to his title came to fellow Cobra pilot Nick Gaines (Ring Gold, Ga.). Gaines would finish second overall in the 7-8 class, followed by KTM mounted Darren Walsh in third. Cobra racers would sweep the podium, and fourth spot for good measure, in the 4-6 class as Green was joined on the podium by Cobra mounted Jeremy Wilton (Eugene, Ore.) and Parker Fleming (Quinlan, Texas) – with Cobra rider Jesse Solheid (Hudson, Wisc.) coming in fourth at the Amateur National Championships.


“With all of the other factories ramping up their 50cc efforts in recent years, everybody at Cobra Motorcycles has had to work extra hard to insure that our bikes would again capture the National titles that have become synonymous with the Cobra mark,” said Sean Hilbert, President of Cobra Motorcycles. “Cobra would like to congratulate Blake Green and Tyler McSwain on their titles, along with all the other Cobra racers and their families who worked so hard to qualify for Loretta’s this year. Job well done, guys!”


Another interesting point is the geographical variance of the top Cobra riders, a direct testament to Cobra Motorcycles’ efforts to expand its dealership network across the United States. In all, Cobra qualified 43 racers from 16 states for Loretta’s, with riders from California, North Carolina, Georgia, Oregon, Texas, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Pennsylvania and Colorado all scoring top ten finishes.


“We had champions representing both coasts (Calif. and N.C.) and podium finishers from Georgia, Oregon and Texas,” cited Hilbert. “We’re very pleased to see such a strong representation of Cobra racers from literally every corner of the United States.”


In addition to the aforementioned states, Cobra racers came to Loretta’s from New York, West Virginia, Tennessee, Florida, Illinois, Washington, Arizona and Delaware.


Cobra’s next big amateur event will be the Branson USA Motocross Championships in Branson, Mo. (Oct 14-17).





8/2/2004
Cobra takes four at Ponca City

Cobra riders Tyler McSwain and Blake Green dominated the 50cc classes at Ponca City last week with Tyler winning the 7-8 stock and mod classes and Blake carrying the 4-6 stock and mod classes. Congratulations to both!



7/12/2004
Mini Mo-Down

Cobra would like to thank all of the families that made the trek to the Michigan Mini Mo-Down this weekend. Cobra Kids traveled from as far as California, Florida, New York, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania to make this great event at Dutch Sport Park. Make sure to put it on your calendar for next year!

Congrats to our Cobra winners:

4-6 Oil Inj: Darian Dixon
4-6 Stock: Blake Green
7-8 Stock: Joshua Wincott
7-8 Mod: Bobby Kinsley
6-9 Open: Joshua Wincott




7/11/2004
Cobra Announces Contingencies for 2004

Cobra is Proud to Announce Contingencies for 2004....

Lake Whitney, Mosier Valley, WMGP, Loretta Lynn Regional Championships, Ponca City,
Mini Olympics, East Coast Mini Championships, Branson USA, Amateur Open of Motocross
1st $100
2nd $75
3rd $50
4th $25
5th $20


Loretta Lynn's

1st $200
2nd $150
3rd $100
4th $75
5th $50




5/3/2004
Cobra Scores An ‘A+’ On Latest Mini National Report Card

Cobra Motorcycles dominate at Lake Whitney, Mosier Valley and Las Vegas!

ANAHEIM, Calif., (May 3, 2004) – The future stars of motocross, representing Cobra Motorycles, have put up some terrific numbers in recent weeks, with dominant performances at the Lake Whitney Spring Classic Championship and The GNC Finals (Mosier Valley) before nearly sweeping the World Mini Grand Prix (Las Vegas) by capturing eight out of the top ten spots in the junior 50cc stock class and seven out of the top ten spots in the junior 50cc modified class.

The big winner for Cobra at the recent Vegas race came from SoCal’s hotbed of motocross, Corona. Six-year-old Blake Green won both the junior stock and modified classes at Vegas, his best effort of the year thus far.

"We had a lot of fun as a family going and racing," said Blake. "My Cobra ran great and I was happy that all the hard work I put in paid off!"

At Mosier Valley, Cobra swept an amazing top four spots (including seven out of ten) in the Teeny Mini (4-6) stock class. On the podium for Team Cobra was Connor Mitchell (Oregon City, Ore.) in first, Parker Fleming (Quinlan, Texas) in second and Jay Dearing (Mansfield, Texas) in third. Close by in fourth place was the Cobra-mounted Chase Marquier from Newcastle, Okla.

Again in the Teeny Mini (4-6) Modified class it was Team Cobra sweeping the top four spots, with young Conner Mitchell again taking first. The all Cobra yellow podium was rounded out by Fleming and Dearing, with Macon’s (Ga.) Coleman Martin coming in fourth.

In all, Cobra dominated both 4-6 classes by taking the top six spots in the modified and top seven spots in the stock. An amazing feat to say the least for the All-American made Cobra Motorcycles!

“These races really allow us to get a good idea of how our season’s going to go”, said Bud Maimone, founder of Cobra Motorcycles. Kids like Tyler McSwain and Dalton Myers, who both have earned national titles riding Cobras, were very impressive, and the new crop of kids like Thomas Covington, Blake Green, and Conner Mitchell, showed that they represent the future of the sport, and hopefully the future of Cobra as well.”

The first major Mini National of the season, Lake Whitney, saw Cobra get out of the 2004 gate on fire as well, with Cobra Motorcycle mounted kids blazing to some spectacular results. Again it was Conner Mitchell, taking first in the 51cc stock (4-6) class. Mitchell was joined on the podium by Coleman Martin, with Youngsville’s (La.) Hunter Hilton not that far off in fourth place after going 2/8.

In the 51cc Open Stock (4-8), Cobra’s most decorated rider – Tyler McSwain – blazed to a 1/1 finish. McSwain, Shelby (N.C.), was followed by another Cobra pilot folks are calling “The next big thing,” defending AMA Amateur Nationals (Loretta Lynn’s) shaft drive champion Thomas Covington of Vernon (Ala.). Another noteworthy performance in the Open Stock (4-8) class was by Cobra-mounted Joshua Cartwright. The Memphis native overcame a tough first moto to finish strong in the second moto (2nd) for fourth place overall.

Cobra would take four out of the top five spots in the 7-8 Stock Class, with a noteworthy performance coming from factory rider Nick Gaines (Ring Gold, Ga.) who rode with an injured leg that was later determined to be broken!

“I couldn’t be happier about the performance of our 2004 line of bikes,” said Sean Hilbert, President of Cobra Motorcycles. “Everybody at Cobra is real excited to see that we took right around 60-percent of all the top tens in the 50cc classes we raced at the first three Amateur Nationals – and that’s against some very fast kids and three other world-class motorcycle manufacturers. We’re looking forward to even more success in the coming months at races such at Ponca, Loretta Lynn’s and the Mini O’s – as well as local tracks all over the U.S.!”

Cobra, founded in 1993, produces the most successful line of competition minicycles in the United States with more than 45 national titles in the last decade. Based out of Youngstown, Ohio, Cobra's mission is to build premium minicycles for the serious racer. For more information about Cobra, please visit our website at cobramotorcycle.com.

OMS Sports is a global, full-service sport marketing agency specializing in athlete representation, strategic marketing partnerships, industry relations, licensing and merchandising opportunities in the world of Extreme Personal Powersports. For more information, contact Pat Schutte at (734) 222-0688.




4/30/2004
Look what showed up...

at the Cobra factory this week. Michael Johnson of Michigan brought his DC65 flat tracker by for a tune-up, and we thought everyone should get a chance to see this nice piece of work. Good stuff!



3/29/2004
Five Tips to a Better Race Season

After spending some time at the races this spring, we saw a few common mistakes in the pits that reminded us that there are a lot of new folks in the sport, and passing some advise on to our customers will hopefully help you avoid some frustration and possibly even lessen your out-of-pocket racing costs…So here it goes: Five tips for this week:

1) Careful with those brakes! Be very careful how you adjust the rear brake on the 2004 King. Whenever you change the pedal height, you must also adjust the master cylinder plunger height. We’ve seen a lot of folks lower the pedal height and not change the plunger depth. This results in a dragging rear brake which will definitely reduce pad life and possibly reduce clutch life as well. Make sure that the rear brake also has some free play just in case your little racer has his or her foot on the brake pedal while riding.

2) No Stomping Allowed. It’s okay to ‘clean out’ and warm up the engine at the starting line, however, it’s not a good idea to rev the engine to 14,000 RPM and then stomp on the rear brake. Believe it or not, this creates a lot of stress on the internal engine, transmission, and clutch components. Stop the rear wheel slowly, and your engine (and pocket book) will be a lot better off…

3) The blippers are back! Believe it or not, blipping the throttle on and off through the pits is actually harder on the bike than running it hard on the race track. Blipping never allows the clutch to fully hook up…it just sits there slipping and creating heat. That extra heat is not good for your engine seals, bearings, or electronics. Keep blipping to a minimum, and your engine will last a lot longer.

4) Leave the race gas for the family dragster. The vast majority of race gas blends actually reduce the performance of a 50cc race engine. High octane, by design, slows down the burn rate of the fuel. This is important in slow turning large bore engines where the end gasses have a lot of ‘bake time’ and detonation occurs easliy. In a small bore 50cc engine that makes peak power around 12,000 RPM, a slower burning mixture is neither needed nor does it increase power. Save a few bucks and go with 93 Octane pump gas (Mixed with Cobra Venom 50cc blend, of course).

5) And, speaking of oil....There is absolutely no reason not to run a 32:1 mixture. There is no discernable performance or jetting advantage by going cheap on oil. In fact having a little extra oil on metal surfaces can actually increase performance by reducing friction. With as hard as these little high-revvers work, the added oil is good insurance against catastrophic engine failure as well.


See you at the races!




3/24/2004
Cobra Launches New Website

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Cobra Launches “New & Improved” Website

Officials at Cobra say the new fully interactive website is like having an instant line of communication to the factory, dealers and fellow riders



ANAHEIM, Calif., (March 23, 2004) – Cobra Motorcycles announced today the official launching of its new website – www.cobramotorcycle.com – one of the industry’s most comprehensive and fully interactive websites to date. Featuring everything from online search for answers to technical support questions, to a riders area where Cobra riders will be able to share stories and pictures, the ‘New & Improved’ Cobra website is officially! up and running!



“Keeping in line with our new business model at Cobra, we felt that it was implicit for us to re-design the existing Cobra website in a manner consistent with a company that strives to make each and every customer confident with the fact that we’re behind them and our products 100-percent of the way,” said Mike Tinskey, VP of Marketing and Development for Cobra. “The entire motocross community realizes the Internet is a very important tool for communication and we feel the new Cobra website will not only be a useful and enjoyable experience for our current and future riders, but also an advanced website model by which others can be judged.”



Other updated features on the Cobra website include:



Full featured interactive website specifically designed to improve communication between Cobra and its all-important Rider/Customer base.
Full featured product pages highlighting new innovations and changes in Cobra's motorcycles.
Easily-accessed online store that offers bikes, parts, apparel, and tools.
The unique ability to search the Cobra dealer network by location or criteria.
Latest press releases on Cobra, its products and athletes.


“Our goal with this website is certainly an extension of our overall business plan with Cobra,” added Tinskey. “Cobra is intent on putting a premium on customer service and it begins right here with cobramotorcycle.com.”



Cobra, founded in 1993, produces the most successful line of competition minicycles in the United States with more than 45 national titles in the last decade. Based out of Youngstown, Ohio, Cobra's mission is to build premium minicycles for the serious racer.



OMS Sports is a global, full-service sport marketing agency specializing in athlete representation, strategic marketing partnerships, industry relations, licensing and merchandising opportunities in the world of Extreme Personal Powersports. For more information, contact Pat Schutte at (734) 222-0688.







3/17/2004
Cobra Announces All New CM50

Cobra Announces New ‘Re-Designed’ CM50

Cobra’s competition again at a loss as the Undisputed Champ of all mini cycles receives a bevy of improvements for 2004



ANAHEIM, Calif., (March 16, 2004) – Cobra Motorcycles announced today the introduction of its 2004 Cobra CM50 – the most successful high end race mini cycle of all time.



A continuation of the heritage that has won every single AMA National Championship in its class since the bike was first introduced in 1997 – an unprecedented feat in high end mini cycle competition – the ’04 Cobra CM50 is THE bike by which all other competition mini cycles will again be judged.



“The CM50 may be a small bike, but when you sit back and look at the amazing record that it has built there is little doubt that it’s the most dominant competition mini cycle ever,” said Sean Hilbert, President of Cobra Motorcycles. “For 2004 we’ve re-designed the bike from the ground up, a feat that goes to show just how serious we are about winning.”



Highlights of the improvements to the 2004 Cobra CM50 include:



Longer Travel Fork Cobra has added a whopping 1.5” of travel to the CM50s front fork for 2004 for class-leading performance.



Öhlins Rear Shock Complete with piggy-back reservoir, the CM now comes with a shock from the finest suspension company in the world. Improved geometry and longer travel compliment this premium damper. No other bike in this class will be able to touch the CM’s suspension performance.



New Intake System Cobra has created a best-in-class intake system for mini cycles consisting of a new airbox, new air filter and new intake boot. The conical air filter (with more surface area than anything in its class) resides deep in the air box for premium protection against mud and water ingestion. The large volume airbox and engineered air boot also offer improved performance through better breathing.



New Exhaust System Cobra designed an all new pipe and silencer for 2004 CM. Better fit, improved power output and a marked reduction of noise are the result.



Stronger Frame Improved gusseting will allow the little guys to jump to new heights in 2004.


Improved Ergonomics A more sculpted seat profile and improved rider positioning will make the rider feel right at home. In addition, the CM has new handlebars that have been re-designed to better fit smaller arms.



New Exhaust Pipe Improved fit, overall performance, and throttle response.



Updated Transmission Gears and Bearings Improved power transmission and durability.



“These are the most improvements we’ve made on the CM50 since it’s inception in ’97,” said Bud Maimone, founder of Cobra. “Our engineers have worked ‘round the clock in the R & D department and on the test track. The result is a bike that we strongly feel will again be untouchable in the 4-6 class this year.”



Cobra Motorcycle Manufacturing was founded in the early 1990’s to bring 50cc motocross bikes into a market that was asking for a race-ready product. A leader at the start line and the finish line, Cobra’s current offerings include the PW3-50, CM50, King Cobra 50 and the DC65. Riders on Cobra Motorcycles have consistently won the AMA Amatuer National Championships since inception. Cobra is headquartered in Youngstown, Ohio. Please visit Cobra’s website at www.cobramotorcycle.com










 
 
 

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