HILLSDALE, Mich., (March 6, 2007) — With the opening of the amateur MX Nationals season in Texas this week – should history repeats itself yet again – then you’re going to find a lot of happy kids on Cobras down at Lake Whitney and Oak Hill.
Last year at Texas’ Lake Whitney and Oak Hill amateur MX Nationals rounds, the traditional openers to the amateur motocross season, kids riding Cobras swept both the 4-6 and 7-8 stock and modified classes. Blake Green and Conner Mitchell were the runaway stars of the 7-8 classes as they battled bar to bar in front of the pack in nearly every moto.
“We’ve had a very hectic few months here at Cobra putting the new CX65 together for production this spring and all of us are chomping at the bit to get out and watch some racing, said Sean Hilbert, President of Cobra Motorcycles. “We’ve had some great riders graduate on to new classes and we wish them the best of luck, hope they’ll stop by the Cobra trailer and say ‘Hey’ while we’re in Texas.
Cobra didn’t have to look far to re-load it’s factory team. Younger than in recent years, the Cobra Factory Team returns defending Loretta Lynn’s champion Mark Worth (4-6 class). Worth (Queen Creek, Ariz.) absolutely dominated Loretta’s in 2005, taking 1st in all three motos and leading every lap. He also won multiple amateur National titles and was the runner-up to Green at Oak Hill, having just turned seven prior to that race. Cobra’s current 4-6 national champion, Sean Cantrell, will sit out Texas to focus his racing this Winter on the West Coast.
Likely joining Worth near the top of the 50cc 7-8 standings will be Michael Young (Concord, N.C.) and Carter Stephenson (Rolla, Mo.). 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, so look for him to make a serious charge at the 7-8 podiums.
Rounding out the Cobra Factory Team is Hayden Justice (Utica, Ohio). Last year Justice won the 50cc 4-6 mod class at Oak Hill and finished on the podium in the 50cc 4-6 stock class. This will be Justice’s first big race in the 7-8 class, but don’t expect that to slow him down any — Hayden is a big, strong kid and is ready to step up to the big bike.
Two additional Cobra riders that will have an impact on the 50cc 7-8 classes at the Texas amateur National events are Jacob Edison (Woodhaven, Mich.), who won the Mid Central regional last year and Joey Crown (Metamora, Mich) who surprised a lot of folks last fall at the Winter Olympics with this speed.
In the 4-6 50cc classes keep any eye on Cobra mounted Brandon Smith, Zac Smith, Brock Hanson, and Weston Giem.
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