Here Comes the Famous American-Made Little Yellow 50cc Bikes at Loretta's!Thursday, July 27, 2006 | 6:02 PM
World-famous Cobra Motorcycles enter Ski Nautique/AMA Amateur National MX Championships next week already owning nearly three-quarters of the entire field
NORTH LIMA, Ohio, (July 27, 2006) – Cobra Motorcycles, the little yellow American-made 50cc rippers and their equally talented “Futures Stars of Motocross” pilots, will descend upon Loretta Lynn’s ranch in Hurricane Mills, Tenn., next week for the 25th annual Ski Nautique/AMA Amateur National MX Championships.
Led by the top 50cc racers in the nation – Riverside’s (Calif.) Blake Green and Connor Mitchell (Oregon City, Ore.) – Cobra enters Loretta’s as the all-time winning bike in the class, amassing more than 100 AMA National titles in the last decade, including five out of six possible podium spots at Loretta’s last year.
“Loretta’s is our company’s time to shine,” said Sean Hilbert, President of Cobra Motorcycles.
“We’ve invested a great deal of time and effort into this product, backed who we feel are the future stars of motocross with the most decorated bike in its class and Loretta’s is the place where it all comes together.”
Here are the Cobra-backed favorites to vie for championships and podium spots in next week’s 50cc class national championship races at Loretta’s:
Athlete Class Hometown Notes
Sean Cantrell 4-6 Newbury Park, Calif. (Team Cobra, multiple national titles this year, should be considered the class’ frontrunner)
Justin Dunn 4-6 Raleigh, N.C. (Real fast, won the Southeast Regional in his first year competing)
Hayden Justice 4-6 Utica, Ohio (Team Cobra, multiple national titles this year, won his regional, considered a co-favorite with Cantrell)
Garrison Keane 4-6 Lewiston, Idaho (Multiple national podium finishes this year, could be the class’ sleeper)
Tanner Stack 4-6 Oak Grove, Mo. (Team Cobra, won his regional and has a national title this year from Lake Whitney, Texas)
Clay Woeste 4-6 Florence, Ky. (Hyper fast, but lacks the national-level experience, shot a the o/a podium for sure)
Tristan Charboneau 7-8 Terino, Wash. (Team Cobra, fast for a seven-year-old in a class dominated by eight-year-olds)
Jacob Edison 7-8 Woodhaven, Mich. (Team Cobra, again, fast for a seven-year-old in a field stacked with eight-year-olds, won a very tough North Central regional)
Blake Green 7-8 Riverside, Calif. (Factory Cobra, coming off a broken arm and decided to forego Ponca, has won every national race he’s entered this year, has to still be considered the 7-8 class favorite)
Hunter Hilton 7-8 Youngsville, La. (Has the speed to win, just finished 2nd in Blenod, France, in the Moto Kids Masters)
Coleman Martin 7-8 Macon, Ga. (Factory Cobra, is the co-favorite along with Green, Martin’s speed and experience helped him win the Moto Kids Masters race in France, also won a solid Southeast regional)
Conner Mitchell 7-8 Oregon City, Ore. (May or may not race due to an injury, won his regional, but his status for Loretta’s is “questionable”)
Ben Watson 7-8 Nittingham, England (This will be a fun kid to watch, races for Cobra UK, has a very real chance to podium, possible win, multiple-time European champion)
Jeremy Wilton 7-8 Eugene, Ore. (This is Cobra’s “sleeper,” the kid nobody’s talking about but definitely has the speed to win)
For more information on next week’s Ski Nautique/AMA Amateur National MX Championships at Loretta Lynn’s, link to: www.mxsports.com.
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.