Coast-to-coast amateur MX National barrage is highlighted by Cobra’s historic 65cc class win @ Loretta’s – the first ever by an American-made mini bike!
All totaled kids on Cobras rack up 38 amateur national MX titles in 2012!
HILLSDALE, Mich., (Jan. 3, 2013) – From the season-opening amateur MX national rounds in Alabama and Texas, through the Mini GPs in Nevada to the Monster Energy Mammoth MX in California and the Ponca City Nationals (Okla.) up to the pinnacle of amateur MX in the States – Loretta’s in Tennessee – and through Branson, Mo. and the season-ending Florida Mini Os, kids on Cobras won pretty much every major 50cc championship at every big event here in the States.
But it would be on the American-made Cobra CX65 that Cobra would makes its biggest mark on the motorcycle industry in 2012 as Utah’s Pierce Brown captured the holy grail of amateur MX titles – the Red Bull Amateur National Motocross Championship, presented by AMSOIL – 65cc 7-9 Stock class championship at the famed Loretta Lynn’s Ranch course in Hurricane Mills, Tenn.
“The Browns were a perfect match for us to further develop the Cobra CX65,” said Sean Hilbert, President of Cobra Moto, of Pierce and his dad Paul Brown. “Pierce has always been good, but this is the first time he’s been dominant. He grew a lot and we had to work on that with them, but Pierce worked hard on his end and that really motivated us. And we both peaked at the right time.”
Cobra Moto would capture two more Loretta’s championships with California’s Ryder Di Francesco winning the 51cc (4-6) AMA 1 title and Michigan’s Jaiden Taylor winning the 51cc (7-8) AMA 2 title. And noteworthy in Di Francesco’s title is the fact that the young Cobra rider is the only kid, other than O.G. Factory Cobra racer Davi Millsaps, to ever win a double 50cc title in the history of Loretta’s!
Cobra Moto opened the 2012 competition season with victories coming in bundles at both the Thor/Parts Unlimited Spring Classic, Mill Creek Motocross Park, Pell City, Ala.,and the One Industries GNC International Motocross Final, Oak Hill Raceway, Oak Hill, Texas. A clean sweep of the 50cc class titles at both events where highlighted by 65cc 7-9 Stock championship at Oak Hill by Pierce Brown and Georgia’s Gage Linville, who swept 1st place honors in both the 7-8 Stock and Mod classes on his Cobra King 50s at Mill Creek. Next up was the Monster Energy/Ricky Carmichael Amateur Supercross, Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach, Fla. Sweeping the 50cc titles for Cobra at RC’s event were Virginia’s Noah Geyer in the 4-6 AMA Stock 1 class and Pennsylvania’s Corey Passieu in the 7-8 AMA Stock 2 class.
Heading west Cobra Moto arrived at the World Mini GPs inMesquite, Nevada and walked out of the Mini GPs with five titles – Georgia’s Gage Linville (1st place 50cc 7-8 Mod & Super Pee Wee 6-9) and California’s Ryder Di Francesco (1st place 50cc Stock through 6 & Mod through 6) being the top Cobra pilots in Nevada. Also noteworthy was the fact that kids on Cobras swept not only the entire 50cc class podiums (five separate podiums), they also locked down all TOP TEN spots and, in numerous cases, ran the Cobra brand up the charts into the top 20 – without a single other brand figuring in the top 15/20 scoring!
Up next on the amateur MX schedule was the 2012 Ponca Amateur MX Championships in Ponca City, Okla., where Cobra kids were led by Pierce Brown, who scored two more national championship rides on the CX65 – setting the stage for his historic Loretta’s win. And on the Cobra King 50s the big story at Ponca was Jett Reynolds winning his first-ever major national 50cc title – taking the 7-8 Stock title as a seven-year-old! Gage Linville also put Cobra on top of the box in the 7-8 Mod class and the all-ages 4-8 Open Stock race, while Ryder Di Francesco flat out DOMINATED the 4-6 class, winning five of the six motos for a 1st place Stock/Mod sweep.
At the 2012 Monster Energy Mammoth Mountain Motocross (Mammoth Lakes, Calif.) Cobra King 50-mounted racers Jett Reynolds (1st), Maximus Vohland (2nd) and Hunter Dasilva (3rd) would sweep the overall 50cc Open class podium, with six other Cobra racers locking down nine more of the top ten overall spots.
Following Loretta’s Cobra Moto racers would reconvene at the Branson USA National MX Championships in Missouri. California’s Jett Reynolds, New York’s Reed Cooper and Minnesota’s Jayden Clough went 1st/2nd/3rd – respectively – in Branson’s 65cc Jr. Modified 6-8 class, scoring the not only Cobra’s first sweep of a major amateur MX National 65cc class podium, but also the first-ever sweep of a major MX National 65cc class competition by an American-made dirt bike.
“After Pierce Brown won Cobra’s first-ever 65cc title at Loretta’s this summer, about the only thing left for Cobra to accomplish was a podium sweep at a major MX National – and we got that this past week at Branson,” said an elated Sean Hilbert, President of Cobra Moto. “A big ‘CONGRATS’ from everyone at Cobra headquarters here in Michigan to Jett, Reed and Jayden – along with all the other Cobra champions and podium placers at Branson this past week.”
The 2012 competition season for Cobra culminated, as it always does, at Gatorback MX Park in Gainesville, Fla., for the 41st running of the Thor Winter National Olympics, presented by Pro Circuit. Cobra Moto would again sweep top honors across the board in the Jr. & Sr. classes, with two Cobra racers – Jett Reynolds and Nicholas Romano - earning the coveted “Olympiad” honors for their efforts in the MX, SX and Open races.
Up next for Cobra: 2013 AMA Spring Classic Championships at Mill Creek Motocross Park, March 3-9, Pell City, Ala.
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