Linville, Reynolds, Di Francesco & Brown lead Cobra racers at 41st annual World Mini GPs

HILLSDALE, Mich., (April 17, 2012) – The most dominant performance by a motorcycle manufacturer to date this season was recorded by Cobra Mini Cycle racers this past weekend at the 41st running of the World Mini GPs in Mesquite, Nevada, as 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!

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) led the way with multiple class titles on the Cobra 50cc bikes while Cobra CX65 racers continued to shake things up with Cobra getting three podium finishes out of Utah's Pierce Brown (65 Jr. Stock 9-11, Mod 9-11 and Open 6-11) and another podium from local Nevada racer Robert Hailey (65 Jr. Stock 6-8).

"It doesn't get much better than that," said Cobra President Sean Hilbert. "Always nice to see our Michigan-made bikes – sourced with almost entirely American-made parts – being ridden by so many West Coast and western States-based racers. This in addition to all the kids who cut their teeth racing Cobras that are now making up the podiums in the other classes."

California's Jett Reynolds also had an awesome weekend, winning the 50cc 7-8 Stock class and placing 2nd in the Super Pee Wee 6-9 clash. Reynolds also stepped 'er up on the Cobra CX65 and placed a solid 4th in the 65cc Jr. Mod 6-8 class, making the podium in the first moto.

Some newer faces on Cobras receiving some podium time included California's Max Vohland (3rd 50cc Stock 7-8, 2nd 50cc Mod 7-8 and 3rdSuper Pee Wee 7-9), son of MX great Tallon Vohland, Colorado's Wade Huffman (3rd 50cc Mod 7-8) and Hunter Yoder (Calif.) with some individual race podiums in the 7-8 classes. On the 50cc Jr. bikes it was Washington's Evan Slosser and Nevada's Nathan Von Miller, along with California's Reed Vogan all making the podium with Di Francesco (and Slosser did it twice!).

Cobra World Mini GP results:

Stock 50cc through 6                                                Mod 50cc through 6

1st – Ryder Di Francesco (Calif.)                                1st – Ryder Di Francesco (Calif.)

2nd – Nathan Von Miller (Nevada)                             2nd – Evan Slosser (Wash.)

3rd – Evan Slosser (Wash.)                                          3rd – Reed Vogan (Calif.)

Stock 50cc 7-8                                                            Mod 50cc 7-8

1st – Jett Reynolds (Calif.)                                          1st – Gage Linville (Ga.)

2nd – Gage Linville (Ga.)                                             2nd – Max Vohland (Calif.)

3rd – Max Vohland (Calif.)                                         3rd – Wade Huffman (Colo.)

Super Pee Wee 6-9                                                    65cc Jr. Stock 6-8

1st – Gage Linville (Ga.)                                             2nd – Robert Hailey (Nevada)

2nd – Jett Reynolds (Calif.)

3rd – Max Vohland (Calif.)

65cc Jr. Mod 6-8                                                        65cc Jr. Stock 9-11

4th – Jett Reynolds (Calif.)                                          3rd – Pierce Brown (Utah)

10th – Robert Hailey (Nevada)

65cc Mod 9-11                                                           65cc Open 9-11

2nd – Pierce Brown (Utah)                                          3rd – Pierce Brown (Utah)


Next up for the Cobra Kids – besides a ton of schoolwork – is the upcoming Monster Energy Mammoth Mountain Motocross, June 22-July 1st, at Mammoth Mountain, Calif.
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