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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