But possibly the biggest news for Cobra as a company was the CX65’s first-ever 65cc overall podium at Loretta’s with Illinois’ Chase Sexton bringing home a 3rd place finish in the 7-11 Modified class, going 6th/3rd/5th.
"This is the first of many to come," said Cobra President Sean Hilbert of what was also the first-ever podium finish as well for an American-made dirt bike in the 65 class at Loretta’s.
Sexton would go on to finish a solid 6th overall in the 65cc 10-11 stock class as well. And Missouri’s Michael Hicks (8th) and New Mexico’s Brandon Smith (10th) would also put the American-made Cobra CX65 in the 7-9 Stock top ten overall scoring.
On the world-famous Cobra 50cc bikes, the reigning king of all mini bikes – Cobra’s King 50 – swept the entire 7-8 AMA 2 class podium. Georgia’s Jackson Turpin would take the overall title with some consistently fast riding (3rd/4th/3rd), followed by third moto winner Parker Mashburn (Texas) in 2nd place overall and Maryland’s Jack Rogers in 3rd.
The AMA 2 class was not without drama as Cobra’s pre-race favorites, California’s Stilez Robertson and Missouri’s "Lightning" Lance Kobush both won motos – and both had troubles that would take them out of medal contention. Robertson, who went 1st/2nd in the first two motos (to Kobush’s win in the second moto), was poised to take the overall when he wrecked twice in the final moto and was only able to make it back to 11th in the third and deciding race.
In the 4-6 AMA 1 class Georgia’s Gage Linville was the (little) Man – sweeping all three motos for the overall title. Linville was joined on the podium by Nevada’s Robert Hailey in 2nd – and the two should have been joined by Ohio’s Vance Stiers, who placed 2nd/2nd in the first two AMA 1 motos. But Stiers ran into trouble on the start straightaway of moto three when he found himself at the bottom of a pile-up, ending his Loretta’s podium hopes for 2010.
"Again, congrats to all the Cobra racers and their families who qualified for 2010 AMA Amateur National Motocross Championships. Cobra was proud to be there in full force with factory support and will continue to do so at all the major amateur nationals throughout the competition season," added Hilbert. "Enjoy the rest of the summer and get after your schoolwork like you get after a motocross track. We’ll look forward to seeing you at the Mini Os in November."
Read Hilbert’s web log account of Loretta’s at: http://blog.cobramotorcycle.com/
For more information on the 2010 AMA Amateur National Championships – including up-to-date scoring, link to the Loretta’s website at: http://www.mxsports.com
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