Cobra Kids Rule Ponca, Begin Loretta's Title Hunt Today

HILLSDALE, Mich. – American-made Cobra Motorcycles and its amazingly-talented young riders tuned up for this week’s Loretta Lynn’s Amateur MX Nationals with a convincing display of motocross force at this past weekend’s Ponca City (Okla.) NMA Grand National, sweeping every podium in the 4-6 and 7-8 Pee Wee Stock and Modified classes, along with a some strong top ten showings in the 65cc classes.

“Couldn’t ask for a better performance out of our guys leading up to Loretta’s,” said Cobra President Sean Hilbert. “I plan on congratulating every kid in person here in Hurricane Mills (Tenn.) today.”

In the all-star race, dubbed 6-9 Super Pee Wee, Cobra’s Jordan Bailey (Orlando, Fla.) was as fast as anyone, placing 2nd with 1st-2nd moto finishes. Logan Leitzel (Dillsburg, Pa.) would give Cobra the majority of the podium spots with a 3rd place finish.

Leading the charge in the 7-8 Stock and Modified classes was Bailey, who swept both classes with 1st-1st finishes. Joining Bailey on the 7-8 Stock podium was Leitzel and “Lightning” Lance Kobush (New Florence, Mo.) in 2nd and 3rd, respectively, and Halpain (2nd) and Kobush (3rd) on Ponca’s 7-8 PW Modified podium. Note: Kobush still has another year to go in that class!

The 4-6 PW Stock and Modified classes were all Stilez Robertson as the Bakersfield Blazer made central California proud with an impressive 1st-1st sweep in both the 4-6 PW classes. So fast was Robertson that the guys at put together a hilarious video short on him at Ponca. Check it out:

Up on the 4-6 PW Stock and Modified boxes with Stilez was Washington’s Ethan Mann, who placed 2nd in both overalls. And rounding out the all-Cobra podiums in the 4-6 PW Stock class was Gage Linville (Cordele, Ga.) and Hanover, Mass.’ Justin Cokinos in the 4-6 PW Mod class.

In the 65cc Jr Cycle classes, Brandon Smith (Aztec, N.M.), Leitzel and James Shockey (Hamilton, La.) all made the top ten overall with Smith in 5th, Leitzel in 6th and Shockey in 10th. Cobra’s Austin Forkner (Richards, Mo.) was 10th overall in the 65cc 9-11 Stock class, with a 5th place finish in the second moto despite dealing with an injured ankle.

“Ponca’s always a pretty good gauge for which Cobra kids are running well heading into Loretta’s,” added Hilbert, who mentioned a few other Cobra riders to keep an eye on, though they didn’t race Ponca: Georgia’s Tristan Lewis and Scott Meshey, Missouri’s Caleb Self and Kentucky’s Tyler Bowling, along with a fast little guy in the 4-6 class, Illinois’ Landon Rapp.

The 28th annual Air Nautiques 2009 AMA Amateur National Motocross Championships gets underway today at Loretta Lynn’s Ranch in Hurricane Mills, Tenn. Stay tuned to for racing updates throughout the week.

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