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Cobra's '06 minicycle race team lineup

Factory Cobra Team riders include: Blake Green (Calif.), Mark Worth (Arizona) and Connor Mitchell (Oregon), while top super pee wee prospects include Matt Burkeen (N.C.) and California’s Zac Commans

NORTH LIMA, Ohio, (March 8, 2006) –  Cobra Motorcycles, the makers of the world’s most successful line of competition racing mini cycles, is proud to announce its line up for the 2006 Amateur Nationals races, beginning with the Lake Whitney (Texas) MX Park Spring Classic March 7-12, aka “Lake Whitney.”

The newest member of the always powerful Cobra Factory Team will be 2005 Loretta Lynn’s 4-6 National Champion, Mark Worth (Queens Creek, Ariz.). Joining Worth will be Connor Mitchell (Oregon City, Ore.). Mitchell has won seven National titles and will be racing the 51cc 7-8 classes. Representing California on Cobra’s Factory Team be two rippers in ’04 Loretta Lynn’s 4-6 National Champion Blake Green (Riverside) and Zac Commans (Westlake Village), the runner up at Ponca and the World Mini Trophy in Belgium. And joining Commans in the super pee wee class will be North Carolina’s Matthew Burkeen – always a threat to podium at the National events.

The trophies don’t stop with the Cobra Factory Team by any means as many more returning Cobra riders are receiving factory assistance from Cobra in their pursuit of National mini cycle racing glory. Those National-caliber Cobra athletes include: Coleman Martin (Macon, Ga.), a member of the United States’ winning World Mini Trophy team from Belgium last year; Bradley Esper (Howell, Mich.) and Jacob Edison (Woodhaven, Mich.) – two of the new school “Michigan Mafia” racers; Top West Coast racers Jarred Flowers (Yucaipa, Calif.),  Maxwell Tedder (Surfside, Calif.) and Thunder Ralston (Phoenix); upcoming North Carolina speedsters Austin McKee; Pacific Northwest hotshots Tristan Charboneau (Tenino, Wash.) and Jeremy Wilton (Eugene, Ore.); Midwest front runner Hayden Justice (Utica, Ohio) and southern U.S. rising stars in Carter Stephenson (Rolla, Mo.), Hunter Hilton (Youngsville, La.) and Alec Lopez (Ocala, Fla.).

“Cobra has once again assembled a team of what we strongly feel are the top young motocross talents in the world,” said Cobra President Sean Hilbert. “Cobra is dedicated to making the best little bikes in the world and there is no better way to do it than having our engineers in daily contact with these kids and their parents. Supporting the best riders challenges us so that we can build the best bikes for everyone.”

Added National Sales, Marketing and Race Team Manager. Mike Burkeen: “This year the Cobra Factory and National outlook is real strong with seven returning members from the 2005 program. 2006 could very well be one of Cobra’s best years ever with several Cobra-backed racers having a chance of winning National titles in all of the 50cc classes. In addition, we always keep an eye out at these first two Amateur National races for any kids that might not have been on our radar last year. There are always a couple of surprises in Texas.

The Cobra Factory and National racers remain in Texas the week following Lake Whitney for the 30th annual FMF GNC International Motocross Final, aka “Oak Hill” at Oak Hill MX Park (March 14-19).

Cobra, founded in 1993, produces the most successful line of competition mini cycles and mini quads in the United States with more than 100 national titles in the last decade. Soon to be 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 cobramotorcycle.com.

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