Arizona’s Mark Worth wins the Senior class in epic battle with Missouri’s Carter Stephenson; Florida’s Jordan Bailey wins Junior class
HILLSDALE, Mich., (Aug. 7, 2007) – This past week American-made Cobra Motorcycles did something they’ve never done since 2004 when new ownership took company; sweep the top 15 spots – including the podiums – in both the 50cc Junior and Senior classes at the Ski Nautique AMA National Motocross Championships at Loretta Lynn’s Ranch in Hurricane Mills, Tenn.
Virtually unprecedented in a multi-bike class, Cobras represented 85-percent of the field that qualified for Loretta’s, then proceeded to so thoroughly dominate the competition it’s no wonder that riders from Davi Millsaps to soon-to-be pros like Nico Izzi, Austin Stroupe and Trey Cannard all cut their racing teeth as kids on the American-made Cobras.
The sportsmanship instilled by the Cobra parents in these kids was never more evident than in the final moto of the 50cc Senior class. With the lead and having only to negotiate the infamous Loretta’s “Ten Commandments,” Missouri’s Carter Stephenson cross-rutted and went down – and was passed by Arizona’s Mark Worth. The eight-year-old Stephenson was crushed, same as a guy in the 30-plus B class would be.
But in the spirit of competition and sportsmanship that’s stressed at Cobra, Worth said on the podium “I’ll take it, but I wish Carter hadn’t have fallen and I had a shot to beat him straight up.”
Stephenson’s 2nd-1st-21st three-moto performance would open up the door for another rider to make the podium along with Worth (1st) and Michigan’s Joey Crown (2nd) as Kentucky’s Clay Woeste brought his Cobra home in 3rd with a consistent effort on the weekend.
In the 50cc Junior class, former Cobra champion Adam Cianciarulo’s protégée, Jordan Bailey (Fla.) took the overall win in some tight racing with fellow Cobra pilot Brandon Smith from New Mexico. Smith, who has shown great speed all year, but has struggled with consistency, pulled it all together late in the summer to keep it on two wheels and finish the year strong. Rounding out the Junior class podium at Loretta’s this year was Cobra mounted Logan Leitzel (Pa.) in 3rd.
“Again, thanks to all the Cobra kids and parents that competed at Loretta’s this summer,” added Hilbert. “Enjoy the rest of your summer, hit the school books hard and we’ll see you in a few short months at the Mini O’s!”
For all the Cobra results from Loretta’s, link to: www.mxsports.com
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