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Cobra Announces 2011 Team

Cobra is pleased to announce - Brrraapp! – its 2011 North American competition team
Parker Mashburn, Jackson Turpin, Pierce Brown and Jack Rogers highlight a team of the world’s biggest little heavy hitters on the motocross track!

HILLSDALE, Mich., – The 2011 Cobra Motorcycles-sponsored riders are a collective snapshot of what will be the vast majority of this hemisphere’s mini bike class motocross podiums. From far north in Canada, down to Mexico and, of course, all over the United States, U.S.A.-made Cobra racers are poised to again capture the lion’s share of victory hardware across motocross tracks from coast to coast.

With a number of Cobra greats from 2010 graduating on to larger bike classes and other manufacturers, another chapter in the legacy of the “Cobra Generation” was closed. Names like Sexton, Cianciarulo and Bailey – and before that Millsaps, Canard and Alessi - all look back fondly on their constructive Cobra years … years highly likely to be unsurpassed in terms of race wins and titles by any other brand they choose to ride. Yet as one chapter closes on Cobra’s industry-standard race heritage, another opens – with marquee names likeMashburn, Turpin, Brown and Rogers for 2011. And with that we’d like to introduce this year’s Cobra-backed race team:

2011 Cobra Riders

Name                                                    Hometown                                         Cobra Bike(s)

Parker Mashburn                                Stephenville, Texas                            CX65
Jackson Turpin                                   Locust Grove, Ga.                               CX65
Pierce Brown                                      Sandy, Utah                                        CX50SR/CX65
Jack Rogers                                        Brookville, Md.                                   CX50SR/CX65
Cade Britt                                           Highlands Ranch, Colo.                      CX50SR/CX65
Brayden Bruce                                    Upton, Wyo.                                       CX50SR/CX65
Steel Gately                                        Ft. Pierce, Fla.                                    CX50SR/CX65
Robert Hailey III                                  Las Vegas, Nev.                                 CX50SR/CX65
Michael Hicks                                     Sandy, Utah                                       CX65
Logan Lietzel                                      Dillsburg, Pa.                                    CX65
Kruz Sampson                                    Lebanon, Tenn.                                 CX65
Jaiden Taylor                                      Grand Ledge, Mich.                           CX50SR/CX65
Guage Keith                                        Frederick, Md.                                  CX50SR/CX65
Seth Milam                                          DeBerry, Texas                                 CX50JR
Daniel McCullon                                  Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.                  CX50SR/CX65
Tyler Archambault                               Mancelona, Mich.                             CX65
(Miss) Jordan Jarvis                              Maple Shade, N.J.                             CX65
Vance Stiers                                        Alexandria, Ohio                              CX50SR
Chase Yentzer                                     Carlisle, Pa.                                     CX50SR/CX65
Tommy “TJ” Rios                                  Mexico                                           CX65
Nicholas Cryer                                     Canada                                           CX65
Tanner Ward                                        Canada                                           CX65

“This makes the racing around we’ve done in Washington D.C. to keep the sport of mini bike racing alive all worth while,” said Cobra President Sean Hilbert, wrenching today on a customer’s Cobra King 50 in mud-covered boots at Alabama’s Mill Creek MX Park, site of this week’s 2011 amateur national season opener. “So we’re here with the Cobra factory rig to support all the Mill Creek amateur national Cobra racers, thankful that – up to this point - our efforts have helped save the sport of mini bike racing in general.”

Despite a trying economic climate and an overzealous U.S. government approach to protect kids from ingesting lead, Michigan-based Cobra Motorcycles’ hard-working staff of just over 30 people did everything in their power in 2010 to keep the dreams of young motocross racers alive throughout the United States and rest of the free world.

“Two-thousand and ten will go down as a turning point year for Cobra – and a turning point for the better,” added Hilbert. “We saw great advances for the Cobra King 50 and, especially, the Cobra CX65, continued our industry standard successes at national-caliber competitions here and overseas and continued to expand upon the great heritage of the Cobra motorcycles.

“That said, we wish all the Cobra-sponsored kids the best of luck this weekend in Alabama. But watch out for the other kids on Cobras as their bikes are just as fast!”

Next week Cobra heads to Oak Hill, Texas, for the second 2011 GNC final.

Cobra, founded in 1993, produces the most successful line of competition mini cycles and mini quads in the United States with more than 300 national titles in the last decade. 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 www.cobramotorcycle.com.

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