It’s on! Cobra Moto kids ready to represent @ Loretta Lynn’s Ranch

It’s the Super Bowl, Daytona 500 and World Series all mixed into the biggest week of amateur MX racing for the American-made Cobra Moto family

Cobra Moto's Casey Cochran podium HURRICANE MILLS, Tenn., (July 28, 2014) – From Texas to Tasmania kids on Cobras are pumped up like Christmas morning – albeit for an entire week – as the world’s greatest amateur motocross event – the 2014 Rocky Mountain ATV/MC AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship – gets underway July 27 at famed country singer Loretta Lynn’s ranch, deep in the heart of Tennessee.

The iconic yellow mini cycles that have powered many of today’s top pros into the upper echelon of the sport – Cobra Moto’s CX50 JR, CX50 SR & CX65 – are trailered and traveling in from all points of the map, circling the Cobra Moto factory hauler from Michigan, along with two new factory support teams – the Michigan-based Allegan Motorsports Cobra Factory Team and the Cobra Moto National Development Team, run by nearby Memphis’ Lakehill Trackside Racing program.

“This is it – the one event we spend all year talking about. The one event where all the countless hours of testing, local racing around the nation and late, late hours of R&D come into play. This is our Super Bowl, our Daytona 500 … our World Series,” said Cobra Moto President Sean Hilbert.

Heading up Cobra’s all-star lineup in the 7-8 Class 2 (50cc Limited) at Loretta’s this weekCobra's Reed Cooper will be a host of seven-year-old racers, all of whom are right around the same speed – making it anyone’s guess as to who will make the podium! Noteworthy is the fact that Cobra Moto’s Ryder Di Francesco, who had a shot at Loretta’s history to become the first three-time 50cc class winner (only Di Francesco and Davi Millsaps have won two 50cc crowns), was banged up in practice after a dominant spring season on his CX50 SR (Oak Hill and Freestone Amateur National titles) and was unable to make the Loretta’s qualifier(s). Good news through is Ryder is back on his bike and ready to get back after it this fall in his final races for Cobra Moto.

Stepping up for Cobra in Di Francesco’s absence will be guys like Maryland’s Noah Geyer and Wisconsin’s Johnny Weber, along with top western United States Cobra racers Noah Gordon (Arizona) and Jordan Torres (California), along with international star Jett Burgess-Stevens (Tasmania). Cobra Moto’s defending 4-6 MX1 class champion, Casey Cochran, will be right at home in the Tennessee heat and eager to make a name for himself in his first year as a 7-8 class racer.

“This looks to be a rebuilding/reloading year for Cobra Moto in the 7-8 class,” said Hilbert. “We’ve got a whole pile of seven-year-olds, all with great potential this year, but who’ll certainly challenge for the top spots in 2015.”

In the 4-6 MX1 (50cc Limited) class at Loretta’s it’s usually anybody’s guess as to who’ll wind up on top. Experiencing one of their first major Amateur National races of their budding MX careers, racers can – and often do – appear out of nowhere to make the podium. Leading that charge for Cobra Moto this week will be a number of kids off Cobra’s new satellite support teams. Kason Little (Texas) and Mason Tucker (Pennsylvania) from the Allegan team, along with Kyler Rhom (North Carolina) and Hayden Cline (Texas) from Cobra Moto’s National Development Team. Other Cobra Moto CX50 JR racers to watch include California’s Enzo Temmerman and New Mexico’s Evan Woody.

Cobra’s CX65 will be well represented with returning 7-9 top five finisher Brock Lassiter (Mo.) and last year’s MX2 podium placer Reed Cooper (New York). And in 10-11 Gage Steburg (Iowa) will represent Cobra on the CX65.

Up next for Cobra: 2014 Rocky Mountain ATV/MC AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship at Loretta Lynn’s Ranch in Hurricane Mills, Tenn., July 27-Aug. 2.

Photos courtesy of Lissa Marsolek

Cobra Moto, founded in 1993, produces the most successful line of competition mini cycles in the United States with more than 300 national titles in the last decade. Based out of Hillsdale, Mich., Cobra Moto’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 and like us on Cobra Nation on Facebook.

Aysling is a multi-faceted communications agency specializing in strategic media relations and promotions for the powersports and action sports communities. Dialed in with all forms of power and action sports, its participants, manufacturers and live event promoters, Aysling’s Pat Schutte can be reached at patschutte@aysling.com

Cobra Moto announces its new National Development Team

Memphis-based Lakehill Trackside Racing steps in to run Cobra Moto’s new National Development Team, prepping kids to be next year’s Cobra factory racers

Cobra National Development Team member Cole Kish HILLSDALE, Mich., (July 23, 2014) – When you’re working to pick the best kids on dirt bikes you have to remember the late bloomers. Guys like Jeremy McGrath and John Dowd, for instance, didn’t take motocross seriously until their teens. And for Cobra Moto, which starts working with kids as young as four, there’s been a lot of talented kids racing the American-made minicycles over the years that have, for one reason or another, gone unnoticed.

With that in mind Lakehill Trackside Racing’s Doug Cochran approached Cobra Moto President Sean Hilbert this past January with a plan – a plan geared towards developing a number of the not-quite-there-yet young racers into possible talent for Cobra’s prestigious National team.

Dubbed the Cobra Moto National Development Team, Cochran’s Lakehill Trackside Racing program has recruited the seven best up-and-coming minicycles racers in the nation and given them support at the national level at races such as Mill Creek (Ala.), Oak Hill (Texas) and Freestone (Texas).

“We often bypass kids who, at the time, weren’t ready for national competition,” said Cochran. “So we basically came up with the Cobra Moto National Development Team along the lines of a minor league baseball program.”

Working with engine and suspension specialist Josh Rogers, who owns the Houston-based EBR Performance, Cochran and his wife, Amy, have dedicated their time and much of their business resources this year to Cobra Moto’s National Development Team. Utilizing Cobra Moto’s dealer support network, Cochran was able to sign seven kids (below) – all of whom have qualified for the 2014 Rocky Mountain ATV/MC AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship at Loretta Lynn’s ranch in Hurricane Mills, Tenn.

Edgar Lewis              Virden, IL                   65cc 7-9

Chris Sweeney           Jackson, NJ                 65cc 7-9

Collin Allen                Haslet, TX                   50cc 7-8

Brock Walker            Cleburne, TX              50cc 7-8

Cole Kish                   Newport, MI               50cc 7-8

Kyler Rhom               Charlotte, NC             50cc 4-6

Hayden Cline             Converse, TX              50cc 4-6

Cochran brings with him a wealth of experience at Loretta’s. His son, Casey, is a Cobra Moto National Team racer and the defending champion in the 4-6 50cc class. Casey will be on one of the 29 Cobras in the 7-8 class (of 42 bikes total) at Loretta’s, nine of which have Lakehill Trackside Racing support!

“I can’t begin to explain what a positive impact Doug and his team at Lakehill Trackside Racing have had on the Cobra Moto program this year,” said Hilbert. “Much like Cobra Moto’s mantra, the Cochrans have dedicated their business to support the Cobra Moto family, assisting kids who will no doubt be the front-runners for the Cobra Moto National Team positions in the coming years.”

Up next for Cobra: 2014 Rocky Mountain ATV/MC AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship at Loretta Lynn’s ranch in Hurricane Mills, Tenn., July 27-Augs. 2.

Cole Kish photo courtesy of Jessica Tenhagen

Cobra Moto, founded in 1993, produces the most successful line of competition mini cycles in the United States with more than 300 national titles in the last decade. Based out of Hillsdale, Mich., Cobra Moto’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 and like us on Cobra Nation on Facebook.

Aysling is a multi-faceted communications agency specializing in strategic media relations and promotions for the powersports and action sports communities. Dialed in with all forms of power and action sports, its participants, manufacturers and live event promoters, Aysling’s Pat Schutte can be reached at patschutte@aysling.com

Cobra Moto names Allegan Motorsports to run a Michigan-based elite team

Longtime Michigan-based Cobra dealer and engine builder will run an elite team for Cobra Moto, providing support at all the amateur national rounds

Cobra Moto Mason Tucker two great flags HILLSDALE, Mich., (June 26, 2014) – Allegan Motorsports, a high level partner with Cobra Moto since 2005, has been tabbed to run Cobra’s elite team – the all-time winningest competition minicycles, sourced with American-made parts and designed and built right here in Michigan. The team will be called Allegan Motorsports Cobra Factory Team.

Based just outside of Grand Rapids, Mich., Allegan Motorsports is owned and operated by Mark Cramer, along with partner John McClenny.

“We’re thrilled with the opportunity to join Sean (Hilbert, Cobra’s President) and the staff at Cobra Moto to run their factory team,” said Cramer. “I can’t begin to express what an honor it is. From the amazing kids that race Cobras – at all levels – to the fact that the bikes are American-made, John and myself at Allegan Motorsports are looking forward to representing with Cobra Moto and supporting the kids and their families at all the major amateur races throughout the nation.”

Cramer continued: “The goal from the beginning in running Cobra Moto’s Elite team was to select racers who have four to five years to spend with Cobra. The youngest kids with the most potential, ones able to improve and elevate their games from the Cobra junior bikes up to the CX65.”

Growing up trail riding in Michigan, Cramer’s oldest son Matt got interested in motocross, and the two started hitting local races. “What started out as a hobby quickly got out-of-control,” said the elder Cramer with a laugh. “I love working with engines, and just jumped in with both feet.”Cobra Moto Mason Tucker getting some air @ RedBud Lorettas qualifier

Cramer would meet the late Harold Hilbert (Sean’s father) at a regional race in Michigan and the two, along with Sean, quickly hit it off. “I was just so impressed with Sean and his father, and what they’d done with Cobra,” said Cramer. “Everything they did fit together with our plan at Allegan Motorsports.”

So in 2005 Cramer began selling and servicing Cobras at Allegan Motorsports.

“What set Mark and Allegan Motorsports apart from the rest of the great dealers Cobra Moto works with is that they took it upon themselves to really help the families, the young dads – many of whom are just starting out as mechanics,” said Hilbert. “Mark would show up at the races with the 28-foot Allegan Motorsports hauler and set up three work stations for the fathers, kept an eye on all of them and lent his expertise wherever it was needed.”

Cramer’s position on his hands-on approach to helping the Cobra Moto dads, though simple, was right along the lines of Cobra Moto’s own philosophy on its bikes: “A safe bike is a safe rider,” Cramer would say.

In 2008 Cramer and Allegan Motorsports’ hard work paid off as Cobra Moto kids captured 1st place in both the 50JR and 50SR classes at Loretta’s. In addition, 20 more riders at the amateur national championships that year were racing out of Allegan Motorsports’ hauler. Familiar names on today’s pro motocross scene such as Lance Kobush, Sean Cantrell, Chase Sexton and others.

The 2014 Allegan Motorsports Cobra Elite Team include:

Noah Gordon, Arizona

Jordan Torres, California

Kason Little, Texas

Johnny Weber, Wisconsin

Casey Cochran, Tennessee

Mason Tucker, Pennsylvania

 

Photos courtesy of Jessica Tenhagen

Cobra Moto, founded in 1993, produces the most successful line of competition mini cycles in the United States with more than 300 national titles in the last decade. Based out of Hillsdale, Mich., Cobra Moto’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 and like us on Cobra Nation on Facebook.

Aysling is a multi-faceted communications agency specializing in strategic media relations and promotions for the powersports and action sports communities. Dialed in with all forms of power and action sports, its participants, manufacturers and live event promoters, Aysling’s Pat Schutte can be reached at patschutte@aysling.com

Cobra Moto Announces its 2014 team!

Cobra Moto kids from coast-to-coast represent the U.S.’ premier up-and-coming minicycle racers, led by Casey Cochran, Reed Cooper & Ryder Di Francesco

Cobra Moto's Casey Cochran action HILLSDALE, Mich., (June 4, 2014) – From backyards, farm fields and gravel pits to small town USA motocross tracks, young American motocross hopefuls – all with big dreams of becoming a pro racer someday – are taking an important step toward the elite level of amateur competition aboard a Cobra minicycle. And of those kids there a few that stand out above the rest are the members of this year’s Cobra Moto team.

Drawing from California to the East Coast, Midwest, Heartland and Southern States, Cobra Moto has assembled yet another all-star team that’s truly representative of the soul and heritage of the most successful American-made line of competition minicycles. From national championships contested on such hallowed MX grounds as Loretta Lynn’s, the Mini Os and World Mini GPs, Grand Nationals (aka “Ponca City”), Oak Hill, Mill Creek, Lake Whitney and Mammoth, Cobra Moto-backed racers are the stars of tomorrow in terms of ‘Who’s next’ in the world of professional motocross racing.

This year’s Cobra Moto factory-backed team includes:

· Ryder Di Francesco, California

· Reed Cooper, New York

· Casey Cochran, Tennessee

· Brock Bennett, California

· Noah Geyer, Maryland

· Jordan Torres, California

· Noah Gordon, Arizona

· Lucas Grounds, Indiana

· Brock Lassiter, Missouri

· Codee Samples, Texas

· Gregory Stewart, Indiana

· Chase Yentzer, Pennsylvania

· Gage Steburg, Iowa

· Johnny Weber, Wisconsin

Beyond this amazing amount of motocross talent sure to again produce industry-leading podium efforts in the 2014 competition season, this year’s Cobra Moto team racers, along with the family mechanic (most often the father), also play an integral role in the development of the upcoming model year bikes.

“The feedback we receive from the Cobra Moto team members is paramount to our design process for the new bikes,” said Sean Hilbert, President of Cobra Moto. “These kids and their dads test the Cobra bikes in every condition imaginable on the best – and worst – tracks across the United States. We rely heavily on their input at Cobra Moto as we continually strive to create the fastest and most reliable competition minicycles on the market.

“Welcome aboard the Cobra Moto team. Kick some butt the remainder of the school year here and best of luck to all you guys this summer!”

Up next for Cobra: Loretta’s Regional Championships.

Photos courtesy of Lissa Marsolek

Cobra Moto, founded in 1993, produces the most successful line of competition mini cycles in the United States with more than 300 national titles in the last decade. Based out of Hillsdale, Mich., Cobra Moto’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 and like us on Cobra Nation on Facebook.

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 pat@highprofilepr.com.

2014 Limited Edition CX65 and King

ComEdKing65

It’s been twenty years since the first Cobras rolled onto the starting gate at the famed Loretta Lynn’s Ranch in Tennessee. The year was 1994, and the presence of the little 50cc rippers was not without controversy. Cries of ‘Not Fair’ and ‘They didn’t build enough to be legal’ were soon put aside as the reality sunk in that the world’s first race-ready 50cc automatic motorcycle had made its way to market.

In the ensuring years, the little yellow bikes attracted both the attention of the best minicycle racers in the world as well as many competitors. Companies like KTM, LEM, Polini, Macbor, PRC, Factory Bike, Conti, and Metrakit all have attempted to throw their hat in the 50cc competition ring, and most have failed. Riders named Millsaps, Baggett, Tomac, Durham, Izzy, Canard, Tickle, Bowers, Web, and Cianciarulo have all used their Cobras as launching pads for their careers with a new generation graduating every year that will certainly make their ways into the hallowed ranks of professional racers.

Over those two decades, the little company from Michigan has managed to carve out a niche to serve not only the top minicycle racers in the USA, but also those from all over the world.

ComEdKing65_2 The CX50SR and CX65 Special Edition bikes serve to both capture the history of the brand with styling cues that commemorate twenty years of motocross lineage in addition to celebrating the technological advances that have kept the brand on top of the minicycle world. Each unit will be custom fit to the rider, and every frame will be emblazed with a unique number that ensures the owner has received only one of 50 units produced. Race them, collect them, enjoy them!

 

2014 CX50 SR (King) Limited Edition includes:

  • Fluorescent Yellow Plastic
  • “Classic” Yellow Frame
  • Purple Billet Components
  • Special Retro Graphics with pre-printed number plate backgrounds (Name, Number, Home Country Flag)
  • Two-Tone Gripper Seat Cover
  • Commemorative Frame Badge with Limited Edition Frame Number
  • Billet Gas Cap
  • Black Hard Anodized Wheel Set
  • Spring rates matched to riders weight

Limited quantities: 50 Total King Units Available

(MSRP: us $4,520)

2014 CX65 Limited Edition includes: 

  • Fluorescent Yellow Plastic
  • “Classic” Yellow Frame
  • Purple Billet Components
  • Special Retro Graphics with pre-printed number plate backgrounds (Name, Number, Home Country Flag)
  • Two-Tone Gripper Seat Cover
  • Commemorative Frame Badge with Limited Edition Frame Number
  • Billet Gas Cap
  • Anniversary Ignition Cover Upgrade
  • Spring rates matched to riders weight

Limited quantities: 50 Total CX65 Units Available

(MSRP:  US $5,620)

 

With limited quantities, these are sure to go quickly.  To place an order for an anniversary bike or any of our models, please contact your local dealer. 

 

To find a dealer near you click here.

Cobra Jett! Cobra Moto’s Jett Reynolds dominates Loretta’s

The pride of Bakersfield, Calif. sweeps the 51cc & 65cc 7-9 divisions, going 6-0 in motos … Tennessee’s Casey Cochran adds the 51cc 4-6 title for Cobra Moto

Cobra Moto staff with Jett L to R John Penrod, Phil McDowell, Sean Hilbert and Tyson TenEyck HILLSDALE, Mich., (Aug. 6, 2013) – The American-made Cobra Moto competition dirt bikes enjoyed a 1st place-sweeping performance this past weekend at the Red Bull Amateur National Motocross Championship, presented by AMSOIL at famed country singer Loretta Lynn’s Ranch.

Leading the charge on the Cobra Moto bikes was California’s Jett Reynolds, an eight-year-old in the 7-8 age 51cc and 7-9 65cc divisions. So dominant was Reynolds – going six-for-six in 1st place moto victories – that Reynolds’ effort was rewarded by the AMA, which bestowed upon him the coveted “Youth Rider of the Year” … an award never before given to an eight-year-old.

“Absolutely amazing,” said Cobra Moto President Sean Hilbert of Reynolds’ effort this past week/weekend at Loretta’s. “You saw history being made with Jett every time he took off out of the gate.”Cobra Moto's Jett Reynolds

Reynolds was most convincing in the second moto of the 65cc 7-9 class, coming out of the start sideways and in 39th (out of 41) place, only to pass back up to the front a mere three laps (of seven) later. Reynolds then crashed while passing into first place, got back up and was in the lead by the end of the same lap he crashed on! And this was against the best 65cc racers in the world, including Cobra Moto’s former 51cc Loretta’s champ Gage Linville (Georgia).

Joining Reynolds on the 51cc 7-8 podium was New York’s Reed Cooper in 3rd place, while Missouri’s Brock Lassiter (3rd) made history for Cobra Moto in the third 7-9 65cc moto when he joined moto winner Reynolds on the box – giving the American-made Cobra CX65 its first-ever double 65cc class moto podium Loretta’s!

Cobra Moto's Casey Cochran The intensity didn’t fade one bit in the 51cc 4-6 class with Hilbert calling it the “The deepest 4-6 field I’ve seen at Loretta’s in the past decade.” Cobra Moto’s little guys on the 50JRs were led by Tennessee’s Casey Cochran, who ho raced a very consistent and fast 2nd/2nd/1st three motos. Joining Cochran on the 4-6cc Cobra Moto podium sweep at Loretta’s were Arizona’s Noah Gordon in 2nd and California’s Haiden Deegan – son of MX/FMX great Brian Deegan – in 3rd place.

“Casey was just flat out fast – and got faster as the week progressed,” said Hilbert. “Noah had two strong motos to help him to 2nd overall and Haiden, after a tough first moto in the mud – which is doubly hard on anyone from California – came back strong for 3rd. Again, there were ten kids in this class that really stood out, where in past years there were maybe three to four.”

Scoring Cobra Moto’s final overall podium at Loretta’s – aboard a six-year-old oil injected Cobra 50JR – was Pennsylvania’s Levi Leatherman, who placed 3rd overall in the 51cc 4-6 Special Limited class.

2013 Cobra Moto Loretta’s Results

51cc 4-6 Limited

 

1st   #60   CASEY COCHRAN – COB
ARLINGTON, TN   2nd 2nd 1st

2nd   #41   NOAH GORDON – COB
MARANA, AZ   1st 5th 2nd

3rd   #38   HAIDEN DEEGAN – COB
TEMECULA, CA   8th 1st 3rd

4th   #81   COLE KISH – COB
NEWPORT, MI   9th 4th 5th

5th   #15   COLTON TROUILLE – COB
LAKE PARK, GA   5th 6th 9th

6th   #67   AIDAN DICKENS – COB
SKIPPERS, VA   4th 15th 6th

8th   #25   JON JON CARVER – COB
CATAULA, GA   6th 13th 19th

9th   #54   CODEE SAMPLES – COB
MIDLOTHIAN, TX   23rd 8th 10th

10th   #72   GAVIN BETTS – COB
CLIFTON PARK, NY   15th 19th 13th

 

51cc 4-6 Special Limited

 

3rd   #24   LEVI LEATHERMAN – COB
TELFORD, PA   3rd 3rd 4th

 

51cc 7-8 Limited

 

1st   #79   JETT REYNOLDS – COB
Bakersfield, CA   1st 1st 1st

3rd   #2   REED COOPER – COB
COLD SPRING HAR, NY   5th 6th 2nd

4th   #31   BROCK LASSITER – COB
ASBURY, MO   6th 2nd 6th

6th   #99   RYDER DIFRANCESCO – COB
BAKERSFIELD, CA   12th 8th 3rd

7th   #54   TOMMY LE CLERE IV – COB
PEARLAND, TX   4th 7th 15th

8th   #69   BRIAN ESPINOZA – COB
POTTSTOWN, PA   9th 12th 9th

9th   #74   TREVOR COLIP – COB
NEW PALESTINE, IN   13th 9th 12th

10th   #46   JAYDEN CLOUGH – COB
ELKO, MN   7th 16th 13th

 


65cc 7-9 Limited

 

1st   #79   JETT REYNOLDS – COB
Bakersfield, CA   1st 1st 1st

5th   #31   BROCK LASSITER – COB
ASBURY, MO   9th 7th 3rd

 

For more information on Cobra kids competing in the 2013 Red Bull Amateur National Motocross Championship, presented by AMSOIL, at Loretta Lynn’s Ranch in Hurricane Mills, Tenn., link to: www.mxsports.com

Cobra photos courtesy of Lissa Marsolek

Cobra, founded in 1993, produces the most successful line of competition mini cycles in the United States with more than 300 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 and like us on Cobra Nation on Facebook.

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 pat@highprofilepr.com.

Gate drops on 20 years of Cobra Moto @ Loretta’s

The American-made dirt bikes, which debuted on Loretta Lynn’s Ranch in 1994, are set to stand tall against the rest of the field in the 50 & 65cc classes

 

Cobra's Reed Cooper HILLSDALE, Mich., (July 29, 2013) – The Super Bowl of amateur motocross racing kicks off today in Hurricane Mills, Tenn., and the world’s premier competition mini bikes – built right here in the United States by Michigan-based Cobra Moto – will take center stage in this the company’s 20th anniversary of racing the great Red Bull Amateur National Motocross Championship, presented by AMSOIL at famed country singer Loretta Lynn’s Ranch.

As always, Cobra Moto’s loaded-for-bear at Loretta’s, this week featuring another all-star lineup like past ones that have delivered to Cobra more 50cc class championships through the past 20 years than any other mini cycle brand, as well as – by far – any American-made motorcycle company.

Cobra's Ryder Di Francesco “Loretta’s is what we work for at Cobra … why we catch a couple hours sleep slumped over at a desk in our design room, living with perpetually sore backs and bloodied knuckles, all in the name of designing and building the best competition mini cycles possible for these kids,” said Sean Hilbert, President of Cobra Moto. “Loretta’s is our Super Bowl, our Daytona 500 and World Series – all wrapped into one week of the best amateur motocross racing you’ll find in the world.”

Last year at Loretta’s Utah’s Pierce Brown – aboard the Cobra Moto CX65 – made history when he won the first-ever 65cc class amateur national motocross title on an American-made dirt bike. Brown was joined in the exclusive Loretta’s champion circle by Cobra 50cc racers Ryder Di Francesco (California) and Jayden Taylor (Michigan), giving Cobra Moto three major championships in 2012.

2013 Cobra Moto Loretta’s preview

50cc

Returning to lead Cobra Moto and with two more shots at championships in the 7-8 50cc class is Di Francesco. One of the heralded “Bakersfield Boyz,” Di Francesco will have to deal with a red-hot Cobra Moto factory stable mate in Jett Reynolds, who flat out dominated both the Vegas Mini GPs and Ponca City (Okla.) this year, sweeping the Stock & Mod classes at the GPs and winning an unheard of 16 of 18 motos – in one day – on his Cobra King 50 & CX65 at Ponca!

The ever-consistent Reed Cooper (New York) joins Di Francesco and Reynolds as a favorite to podium at Loretta’s in the 7-8 class, along with Californian’s Brock Bennett and Tyler Blankenship, Florida’s Evan Ferry (son of MX great Tim Ferry) and Missouri’s Brock Lassiter.

Cobra Moto’s 50JR is expected to again run the table in the 4-6 50cc class with what Hilbert called the “One of the deepest fields in recent years.” Leading Cobra into battle on the little bikes will be California’s Haiden Deegan, son of MX/FMX great Brian Deegan, and Jordan Torres, Arizona’s Noah Gordon, Tennessee’s Casey Cochran, Texas’ Codee Samples (who won the 50cc Stock Limited class last year at Loretta’s) and Tommy LeClere and Michigan’s Cole Kish.

65cc

Cobra Moto’s picking up right where it left off in 2012 with, and it bears repeating, the first-ever 65cc Loretta’s MX championship won on an American-made bike. Top Cobra names from the 50cc 7-8 class contesting the 65cc 7-9 class include; Reynolds, Lassiter, Bennett and Cooper along with super-seven-year-old Evan Slosser (Washington), Iowa’s Gage Steburg, Colorado’s Cade Britt and New York’s Hunter Layton.

Cobra Moto Flashback … With good starts and relentless pursuit of the racers in front of him, Brown didn’t just win the 65 7-9 Stock class in 2012 – he ruled it.

Leading the first moto by nearly 30 seconds at the end of the race sent home a message – one that even a fall (and subsequent 15-second margin-of-victory over 2nd place) would back up. Two more motos with roughly nine-second victories later and Brown and the Cobra CX65 had swept the class with a 1st/1st/1st effort for Cobra’s first-ever 65cc class overall win at Loretta’s.

So can Jett Reynolds duplicate Pierce Brown’s effort from 2012? Stay tuned as action gets underway tomorrow at 11:30 a.m. (CST) at Loretta’s in the 65cc 7-9 class!

Cobra Moto Press Intro

What: Debut of the King 50 and CX65 limited edition 20th anniversary bikes

When: Tuesday, July 30

Time: 7 p.m.

Where: Cobra Moto rig @ Loretta’s

Note: The 20th anniversary King pays tribute to Davi Millsaps – Cobra Moto’s first ‘Cobra Kid’ to graduate into the pro ranks.

For more information on Cobra kids competing in the 2013 Red Bull Amateur National Motocross Championship, presented by AMSOIL, at Loretta Lynn’s Ranch in Hurricane Mills, Tenn., link to: www.mxsports.com

Cobra photos courtesy of Lissa Marsolek (Cooper) & Mark Pearson (Di Francesco)

Cobra, founded in 1993, produces the most successful line of competition mini cycles in the United States with more than 300 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 and like us on Cobra Nation on Facebook.

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 pat@highprofilepr.com.

MXA Posts More Detail on the Cobra CX65

Web version of the article contains more detail…background information…Photos.

http://motocrossactionmag.com/Main/News/MXAS-2014-COBRA-CX65-MOTOCROSS-TEST-THE-DOMINANT-P-10296.aspx

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Cobra, Pro Circuit, and the CX65

 

Sean Hilbert of Cobra meets up with Mitch Payton of Pro Circuit to talk about their new working relationship with Cobra’s revolutionary, championship winning CX65. Also, watch top Cobra riders such as Ryder DiFrancesco, Brock Bennett, Jett Reynolds, Haiden Deegan, and Miles Higgins take to the track at Lake Elsinore Motorsports Park in Lake Elsinore, California.

Video Production: MXPTV http://www.mxptv.com
Cobra MOTO: http://www.cobramotorcycle.com
Pro Circuit: http://www.procircuit.com

Motocross Action Magazine Tests the 2013 CX65

Cobra's Jett Reynolds Smokes a Turn at Lake Elsinore It’s been ten years since the nation’s original MX Mag tested a minicycle. Needless to say, the Cobra Crew was nervous when we handed over the bike…We’ve read bike tests from MXA for decades, and we know they don’t pull any punches. After delivering the bike, we went as far as making some suggestions as to who they might pick for riders. We have several team riders on the West Coast, and we figured they would have some fun seeing their picture on newsstands around the country. Unfortunately for our team kids, MXA didn’t see it that way. They chose test riders they were familiar with…All of whom had another brand of 65cc race bike in their garage.

The test report blew us away. Every kid that rode the bike loved it. MXA spent five pages of coverage ogling over the engine and suspension. To check out the story in detail, pick up the June 2013 issue which hit the newsstands this week, or subscribe to the digital version here.

Below are some excerpts:

Engine:

“Every test rider agreed the CX65 ran like a scalded cat. The power plant was the testers’ favorite attribute of the bike. The engine has bottom-end hit and a solid pull through the range. Power really spikes once the electronic power valve opens, and it surges into the top end.”

“The CX65 power plant is a rip-roaring machine built for racing and ready to win. The two-piece cylinder is especially cool.”

Chassis:

“The CX65 chassis is very balanced front-to-rear.”

“The steel chassis is very forgiving in corners, and riders were very impressed with the CX65’s handling characteristics.”

“Often, a sharp handling bike sacrifices stability at speed, but that isn’t the case with the Cobra. It is a jack of all trades, giving up very little across a wide range of situations. Most important, the Cobra CX65 is confidence inspiring, an especially critical quality in a bike designed for a mini rider.”

“It’s hard to believe what Cobra has done with the CX65 suspension…”

Overall Impression:

“Imagine a motorcycle that is ready to race right out of the crate, at the highest level, and requires very little investment beyond the initial purchase price. The bike can legally compete in the stock class, and has won numerous championships under the fastest youngsters in the sport, and is made in America.”

“The Cobra CX65 is a winner through and through.”