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Cobra Moto teams with Roost MX

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America-made graphics for the American-made MX bikes

HILLSDALE, Mich., (Feb. 16, 2017) – Cobra Moto announced today a partnership with Roost MX that will have the popular Georgia-based company designing the graphics for Cobra Moto’s 2017 Elite Team bikes, including the CX50 JR & SR models, the CX50FWE and CX65.

In addition, Roost will design and supply the Cobra Moto Elite Team members with apparel, along with designing the factory graphics for Cobra Moto’s vehicles, pit shirts, jackets, hats and team wear.

“From their work with amateur motocross to creating the look for the Rock River Cycle Trader team on the supercross and outdoor national series tours, Roost MX has established itself as one of the go-to graphics companies in the MX industry,” said Cobra Moto President Sean Hilbert. “We see them at all the major amateur motocross events and really liked the direction they’re headed. So we’re pleased to announce today that Roost MX is now the official graphics company of Cobra Moto.”

Established in 1999 in Acworth, Ga., Roost MX’s Chris and Christina Denny set out with a simple goal: to provide original, high quality and eye-catching graphics to motocross racers. Expanding over the years to apparel, truck and trailer wraps and dealership branding, Roost MX’s partnership with Cobra Moto puts them at the forefront of amateur motocross with America’s all-time winningest competition minicycles.

“Youth amateur racing has always been a big part of Roost MX and we are excited to work closely with the top manufacturer of minicycles,” said Roost MX’s Christina Denney. “Our goal is to elevate the look of the Cobra Moto brand and take it to the next level, both on the track and in the pits.”

Cobra Moto would like to thank all of the companies it partners with to bring the finest minicycles in the world to market including Bel-Ray, SKF, CARD, Dunlop, Answer/Pro Taper and Roost MX.

Photo courtesy of: Cobra Moto

 

About Roost MX:

Over the past two decades Chris and Christina Denney built Roost MX into an industry leader, providing motocross graphics for riders of all levels. Roost MX is a full-service graphics company complete with in-house design, vehicle/trailer wrap capabilities, custom pit wear and dealership branding. Customer service and quick turn-around is top priority at the Roost MX Facility.  Visit us at www.RoostMX.net and follow Roost MX on Twitter (@roostmx), Instagram (@roostmx) and Facebook (www.facebook.com/roostmx).

 

About Cobra Moto

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.

HPPR 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, HPPR’s Pat Schutte can be reached at pat@highprofilepr.com

 

 

Record-setting year for Cobra Moto both on the track and in the books!

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Made right here in the USA, Cobra Moto closes the books on a record sales year, adds more amateur MX nationals hardware to trophy case

HILLSDALE, Mich., (Feb. 1, 2017) – From Daytona Beach to the Mini Os, with a class-sweeping effort at Loretta’s in between, 2016 goes into the books as one of the best competition years in Cobra Moto history. This, along with a record sales year that speaks volumes on the popularity of competition motocross racing with today’s youth, and the American-made competition mini cycle pulls the holeshot on what’s going to be a spectacular 2017.

Kids on Cobras flat out dominated this past year at all the major amateur MX nationals, doing so by qualifying at the myriad of regional events following hours upon hours of track time at local motocross tracks and practice facilities across the nation. In total, Cobra Moto kids again swept the vast majority of 50cc Jr. and Sr. titles on the season. At the season-opening Daytona Ricky Carmichael Amateur Supercross Florida’s Seth Dennis (4-6 Limited class), Nebraska’s Diesel Thomas (4-8 class) and Pennsylvania’s Luke Fauser (7-8 Limited class) would complete the 50 class sweep on their new CX50FWEs (Factory Works Edition).

Next up, at the granddaddy of all amateur MX national races – the 2016 Rocky Mountain ATV/MC Amateur Motocross Championships, aka “Loretta’s” – Fauser, New Jersey’s Jaden Palmer and Pennsylvania’s Mason Tucker would sweep the premier 7-8 51cc class on their CX50FWEs, while Dennis, Illinois’ Mikah Carpenter and Iowa’s Miles McCarty would sweep the 51cc 4-6 Jr. class.

In all, Cobra Moto racers swept seven of the nine possible podium spots @ Loretta’s, 13 of 15 possible top five spots and 22 of 30 top ten spots!

Michigan’s Cole Kish had a great run at Loretta’s on his Cobra, winning the first 65 7-9 Unlimited class moto in convincing fashion on his American-made CX65.

Out west Utah’s Kade Johnson dominated the Monster Energy Mammoth (Calif.) Motocross on his CX50FWE, sweeping top honors in the 50cc class on both days at the long running event while Cobra Moto pilot Wyatt Thurman won the California Pro-Am MX State Championship.

Cobras continued to dominate on foreign soil, sweeping this year’s Trans-Can Canadian MX National Championships both on 50s (Mason Tucker & Jesse James Shedden) and 65s (Casey Cochran). Cobra even won a Latin America championship with Jeremiah Oliveros Aguilar nailing that title in Ecuador.

Much of Cobra’s success on the track can be attributed to design and engineering milestones achieved in 2016. The new Factory Works Edition 50s gave Cobra kids an advantage like no other bikes in the class, as did the newly re-engineered CX50P3.

“Thanks again to the legions of Cobra Moto kids and their families for believing in the Cobra Moto line of bikes – and working hard to generate all these amazing results in 2016,” said Cobra Moto President Sean Hilbert. “Everyone at the Cobra Moto factory knows that their hard work on the weekdays, coupled with your hard work with practice, has a direct effect on race day results.

“We’re all in this together, and together on the same team. Cobra Moto. American-made and race-proven time after time.”

Cobra Moto would like to thank all of the companies it partners with to bring the finest minicycles in the world to market including Bel-Ray, SKF, CARD, Dunlop, Answer/Pro Taper and Roost MX.

Photo courtesy of: Cobra Moto

 

About Cobra Moto

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.

HPPR 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, HPPR’s Pat Schutte can be reached at pat@highprofilepr.com

 

Cobra Moto returns to the Special Limited class, launching the new CX50P3 for 2016

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Cobra’s beginner racing bike returns to the 50cc CX fleet, loaded with upgrades destine to make a big splash with Special Limited racers 

2016 Cobra P3 001HILLSDALE, Mich., (Jan. 19, 2016) – Listening to its racers and families, and hearing that little brothers (and sisters) want to be on the same CX50 JR & SR bikes their older sibling is racing, the engineering team at Cobra Moto is pleased to announce the re-introduction of a one-time Cobra classic; the all-new Cobra Moto CX50P3!

Destine to create a big stir on the amateur national level in the 4-6 Special Limited class this summer, and in AMA Class 4 at the local level, the new and impressive Cobra Moto CX50P3 features a full race suspension, Cobra Moto’s proven 50cc power plant and championship wining chassis – making it, right out of the crate, the bike to beat in the Special Limited class in 2016.

“Just like its bigger brothers, the CX50JR and SR (aka the “King”), the new 2016 P3 is fitted with class-leading CARD suspension front and rear, shod with high quality Dunlop MX52 tires and it’s driven by our world-class 5Gx freewheeling clutch,” said Cobra Moto President Sean Hilbert. “We went to great lengths to make the P3 the most competitive bike in its class, sparing nothing on this new micro-sized racer!”

Features that set the new Cobra Moto CX50P3 apart from the rest of the competition include:

  • More front and rear suspension travel than the competition.
  • No oil injection system to worry about. Use the same fuel in all of your bikes!
  • World-class freewheeling 5Gx Cobra Moto clutch. No clutch drag when the throttle is chopped and it’s easier to start!
  • Zero maintenance Cobra Moto billet wheels.
  • High performance disc brakes front and rear.
  • Billet triple clamps, chain adjuster blocks, and other goodies.2016 Cobra P3 002

For more information on the Cobra Moto CX50P3, including specs and price, please visit www.cobramoto.com

Cobra Moto also thanks it partners – Bel Ray, Dunlop, CARD, Haas, Liquid Performance, SKF and Pro Circuit.

Photos courtesy of: Cobra Moto

About Cobra Moto

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.cobramoto.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 Pat.Schutte@Aysling.com

Cobra Moto pulls a big holeshot with the new CX50FWE – Factory Works Edition

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A “Game changer,” according to Cobra Moto President Sean Hilbert, the CX50FWE ups the ante across the board in amateur MX racing

2016_Cobra_factory_works_edition_9HILLSDALE, Mich., (Jan. 15, 2016) – Racers dream of having Mod class bike power in the Limited class. And in the 50cc class that’s now become a reality as Cobra Moto today launched the new American-made CX50FWE – Factory Work Edition – competition minicycle.

 “To say that the CX50FWE is going to solidify Cobra Moto’s position as the dominant player in the 50cc Senior class is an understatement,” said Cobra Moto President Sean Hilbert. “To put it bluntly; the CX50FWE is a game changer.”

Power is paramount with Cobra Moto’s new addition to the company’s near two-decade position atop the upper echelon of amateur minicycle motocross racing. With the all-new Venom Series power plant, the CX50FWE churns out awe-inspiring torque down low in the deep loam and big bike ruts, then parlays that torque into top end speed on holeshots and down straights not only now better than the legendary Cobra Moto King 50, but certainly better than any bike in its class.

Controlling all this newfound power is, again, Cobra Moto’s championship-proven chassis. With a further refined CARD cartridge fork, featuring MXT ‘Smart Leg’ technology, along with Cobra Moto’s industry standard CARD three-way adjustable rear shock, the CX50FWE’s masterfully engineered twin-spar frame holds the entire package together. This creates a perfect synergy between torsional and lateral stiffness while allowing ideal control for the class’ most powerful bike.

“More power. More Torque. Less weight. Smaller package. The CX50FWE is better from every angle,” added Hilbert.

Cobra Moto CX50FWE features-at-a-glance include:

·  ‘No-compromise’ torque curve – Massive amounts of low-end torque for launching off the gate and out of corners, AND classic Cobra over-rev that provides that ‘2nd gear’ for wide open situations.

·  New off-plane tuned expansion chamber. Features D-shaped header for minimal flow losses.

·  Next generation 5Gx Freewheeling Clutch. Precision engagement, durable, freewheels for increased corner speed and easier starting.

·  Cobra Friction Drive increases driveline durability and improves traction over rough terrain.

·  Improved maintainability. Easier to do just about everything (top ends, drain coolant, check CFD, etc.).2016_Cobra_factory_works_edition_8

In addition, Cobra Moto’s MX industry partnership products that elevate the CX50 to Factory Works Edition status include Pro Taper’s innovative Cobra Moto bend Micro Bars (optimizing the bike’s feel and handling for small hands), a complete ‘factory fill’ of Bel-Ray products including everything from suspension fluids to air filter oil, and Dunlop’s high quality MX52 tires (only tires on the market that can properly handle the CX50FWE’s additional horsepower and torque). Other goodies that round out the tack-sharp Factory Works Edition look for the Cobra Moto CX50 include billet ignition and chain guide covers, a performance ribbed seat, black anodized hardware and full race graphics.

For more information on the Cobra Moto CX50FWE, including specs and price, please visit www.cobramoto.com

Cobra Moto also thanks it partners – Bel Ray, Dunlop, CARD, Haas, Liquid Performance, SKF and Pro Circuit.

Photos courtesy of: Cobra Moto

About Cobra Moto

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.cobramoto.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 Pat.Schutte@Aysling.com

Cobra Moto announces its 2015 team!

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Casey Cochran heads up Cobra’s national competition team that also includes top 65cc racers Reed Cooper & Parker Ross, along with No. 1 & 2 from the 2014 Loretta Lynn’s 50JR podium!

Cobra Moto bikes lined up at DaytonaHILLSDALE, Mich., (April 15, 2015) – Another class of upcoming amateur motocross national minicycles champions and likely numerous future top pro factory MX/SX racers will be running the iconic American-made Cobra Moto competition minicycles for 2015 as the company is pleased to announce its new factory team program.

Leading the charge on Cobra Moto’s unsurpassed product line of 50cc JR & SR bikes and the former national champion 65cc division CX65 are returning stars Casey Cochran (Tennessee), the 2013 Loretta’s 50cc JR class champ, longtime Cobra Moto-backed factory racer Reed Cooper (New York), along with California’s Parker Ross.

And making the move up to the CX50SR class is the No. 1 2014 Loretta’s 50cc Jr. class, Cobra Moto’s Kace Evans (Texas) – last summer’s Loretta’s Jr. champ – and Tennessee’s Mason Dixon, who placed 2nd behind Evans. Kace and Mason, both seven-year-olds in this year’s 7-8 51cc Senior class, led Cobra Moto’s CX50 JR program in 2014 where Cobra Kids took nine of the top ten class spots (1-9) and 40 out of 42 overall spots at Loretta’s!

“We’re a young teams this year, with the majority of our 50cc class factory racers being first-year Senior class racers. But that said, we’re expecting Cobra bikes to be up front and in podium contention from every major amateur national right down to the main events at local fairgrounds,” said Cobra Moto President Sean Hilbert. “Adding to the successful race heritage and championship lineage is something we strive to achieve season after season with the American-made Cobra Moto bikes.”

In the 51cc 7-8 Limited class Cobra Moto and its bike that revolutionized the class back in 1998 – the “King” CX50 – enjoyed one of the American company’s best overall performances in recent years at Loretta’s, capturing 80-percent of the top ten positions, including a podium spot from Noah Geyer (Virginia). And though Geyer graduated to the Cobra CX65 this year, the Senior class will feature a number of Cobra factory pilots who scored podium moto finishes at Loretta’s last year – in their first year in the class. Those racers include: California’s Jordan Torres, who placed 2nd in Moto 1 and Illinois’ Krystian Janik, who place 2nd in Moto 2.

And graduating from the 50cc Senior class to the 65s are Wisconsin’s Johnny Weber, who placed 3rd in Moto 3 last year at Loretta’s, and Ross, who’d place 4th overall for Cobra Moto (with Janik 5th o/a) – earning Cobra Moto three of the top five overall spots in last year’s 50cc Senior championships! They’ll join longtime Cobra Moto-backed racers Brock Bennett (California) and Missouri’s Brock Lassiter.

Presenting the 2015 Cobra Moto Factory Team!

Rider                                      Hometown                                         

Casey Cochran                        Arlington, Tenn.

Reed Cooper                           Cold Springs Harbor, NY

Parker Ross                             Elk Grove, Calif.

Mason Dixon                          Maynardville, Tenn.

Kace Evans                             Arthur City, Texas

Mason Tucker                         York, Pa.

Noah Gordon                          Marana, Ariz.

Krystian Janik                         Oak Lawn, Ill.

Cole Kish                                Newport, Mich.

Preston Masciangelo               Canada

Jordan Torres                          Watsonville, Calif.

Jett Burgess                             Australia

Noah Geyer                             Fredericksburg, Md.

Lucas Grounds                        Martinsville, Ind.

Codee Samples                       Midlothian, Texas

Gregory Stewart                     Elkhart, Ind.

Johnny Weber                         Kenosha, Wis.

Brock Bennett                         Bakersfield, Calif.

Brock Lassiter                         Asbury, Mo.

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.cobramoto.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

Dunlop® returns for 2015 as the Official Tire Company of Cobra Moto’s Factory & Elite Teams

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The iconic MX companies – leaders in their respective fields – team up to further their unmatched race success and heritage for the ’15 competition season

Cobra Moto's 2014 Mini Os champ Ryder DiFrancescoHILLSDALE, Mich. (Jan. 21, 2015) – Officials with American-made Cobra Moto mini cycles announced that Dunlop® motorcycle tires will be sole supplier to Cobra Moto’s Factory and Elite teams for the 2015 competition season.

Used on all of Cobra Moto’s product, the Dunlop brand is synonymous with success on the motocross track, aligning well with Cobra’s dominance of the mini bike classes at amateur national and global MX contests around the globe.

“We can’t say enough about Dunlop’s product and how well it works with the Cobra Moto line of competition mini cycles,” said Sean Hilbert, President of Cobra Moto. “Every mini cycle that leaves the Cobra Moto factory here in Michigan does so with a set of Dunlops. So right out of the gate our racers have an advantage over the rest of the field knowing that when they put the CX’s power to the ground, the industry-leading Dunlops are able to help manage that power and parlay it into pure speed and control around the track.”

Dunlop Geomax MX52 tires are included on Cobra Moto’s national championship line of CX50JR, CX50SR and CX65 competition bikes.  The Geomax MX52 rear tires feature Progressive Cornering Block Technology (PCBT) which incorporates a new block-within-a-block configuration on the two flanks of the tire—a design proven to deliver more progressive cornering action and aid in slide control.

“We’re pumped to continue our long relationship with Cobra Moto, and look forward to using what we learn on the track with Cobra’s engineers to improve our already unparalleled championship record,” said Rob Fox, Amateur Motocross Support Manager for Dunlop. “Cobra Moto makes fast mini bikes and Dunlop takes great pride in helping young racers control that speed and deliver championship results back to the Cobra Moto and Dunlop factories.”

About Cobra Moto

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.cobramoto.com and like us on Cobra Nation on Facebook.

About Dunlop®

Dunlop is the largest supplier of original equipment and replacement motorcycle tires in the U.S. and the only manufacturer of motorcycle tires in North America. With North American operations located in Buffalo, NY, Dunlop has been making and selling high-quality tires in the U.S. since 1923. For more information, visit www.dunlopmotorcycle.com.

Cobra Teams with Heath Racing on ATVs!

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Cobra Moto is proud to announce the recent transfer of our Cobra ATV business to Heath Racing. Cobra Moto will still be committed to developing and manufacturing ATV engines, while Heath Racing will manufacture and distribute the chassis and handle all ATV customer support. Heath Racing has been involved with the Cobra ATVs since day one, and they have been a Cobra dealer since 2006.

Heath Racing will be your outstanding one-stop source for all Cobra ATV chassis parts and accessories!

 

Contact Heath Racing:

812-673-4958

heathmxracing@tds.net

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

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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 podiumHURRICANE 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.Cobra Moto's Reed Cooper

Heading up Cobra’s all-star lineup in the 7-8 Class 2 (50cc Limited) at Loretta’s this week 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.cobramoto.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

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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 KishHILLSDALE, 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

“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.”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!

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.cobramoto.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