Cobra In The News

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.”






 
 
 

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