Cobra Moto racers sweep all 50cc MX/SX titles at Florida’s Thor Winter Olympics!

American-made bikes and kids dominate the last big amateur national of the ’17 season, six different 50cc Cobra Championships blanket the week of racing!

cobra_-kade-johnsonHILLSDALE, Mich., (Dec. 2, 2016) – All-American kids on best American-made competition mini cycles around. Six championships in six classes. The incredible racing heritage of Cobra Moto continued this past week/weekend with a thorough 50cc podium-dominating effort at the legendary Thor Winter Olympics held at Gatorback MX Park in Gainesville, Fla.

Kids on Cobras had such a strong showing at Gatorback, winning not only all six 50cc divisions, all six 1st & 2nd place efforts, but also taking an incredible 17 of 18 possible podium spots – including an unprecedented six class victories from five different kids. It was, to say the least, a Cobra Moto podium festival @ Gatorback!

“Wow. What a week. Congrats from everyone at the Cobra Moto factory to all the Cobra Kids that participated, and a big high-five to all that raced to podium finishes,” said Cobra Moto President Sean Hilbert. “From launching our new CX65 to helping everyone on Cobras at the Mini Os with our factory support rig, Gatorback is always a huge event for us. And to come away with the entire class victories was just incredible.”

Cobra Moto’s top performer on the weekend in the 50cc junior classes was local Floridian Seth Dennis. The Cobra CX50JR pilot, who earlier in the year won the Loretta’s 4-6 championship, was undefeated in MX and SX competition at Gatorback – going 1st/1st/1st/1st in four motos. Illinois racer Mikah Carpenter, kept Dennis honest, racing to a well-deserved runner-up position to Dennis in both the 51cc 4-6 Limited SX and MX classes.

On the Cobra Moto CX50SR bikes it’d be a couple Johnsons – Florida’s Bradyn Johnson (MX) and Utah’s Kade Johnson (SX) – that would sweep the 51cc 4-8 Limited classes, with Kade Johnson podiuming (3rd) in the MX class as well. And in the premier 51cc 7-8 Limited class MX division, Tennessee’s Drew Adams would race to the win over 2nd place Kade Johnson, while Pennsylvania’s Luke Fauser raced his CX50SR to victory over runner-up (again) Kade Johnson in the 51cc 7-8 Limited SX class.

Cobra Moto 2016 Mini Os 51cc results

Motocross

51cc 4-6 Limited                      51cc 4-8 Limited                       51cc 7-8 Limited

1st – Seth Dennis, Fla.              1st – Bradyn Johnson, Fla.         1st – Drew Adams, Tenn.

2nd – Mikah Carpenter, Ill.     2nd – Landen Gordon, Calif.      2nd – Kade Johnson, Utah

3rd – Jesse Shedden, Calif.      3rd – Kade Johnson, Utah          3rd – Landen Gordon, Calif.

Supercross

51cc 4-6 Limited                      51cc 4-8 Limited                      51cc 7-8 Limited

1st – Seth Dennis, Fla.              1st – Kade Johnson, Utah           1st – Luke Fauser, Pa.

2nd – Mikah Carpenter, Ill.     2nd – Tyler Mollet, Fla.               2nd – Kade Johnson, Utah

3rd – Mason Raynos, N.C.       3rd – Tyler Cole, Fla.

On the 65s at the Mini Os Cobra Moto was led by California’s Parker Ross and Arizona’s Julien Beaumer. Ross would grab a podium finish in the 65’s premier SX division class, the 7-11, and also podium in the MX division’s 65 10-11 class. Ross added a respectable 5th in the 65 SX 10-11 Limited class. Beaumer would lock down an impressive three 3rd place overall podium finishes, two in the SX 7-9 and 7-9 Limited classes, along with the MX 65 7-9 Limited class. And racing right with Beaumer for most of the competition was Georgia’s Casey Cochran, topping Beaumer with a 4th place finish in the 65 7-9 MX class, then right behind Beaumer in the MX 7-9 Limited class and 65 7-11 class, as well as the SX 7-9 and 7-9 Limited classes.

Cobra 2016 Moto Mini Os 65cc results

Motocross

65cc 10-11                                   65cc 10-11 Limited                         65cc 7-9

3rd – Parker Ross, Calif.           6th – Parker Ross, Calif.                4th – Casey Cochran, Ga.

                                                     7thJett Burgess-Stevens, Ill.    5thJulien Beaumer, Ariz.

65cc 7-9 Limited                      65cc 7-11             

3rd – Julien Beaumer, Ariz.      3rd – Julien Beaumer, Ariz.

5th – Casey Cochran, Ga.           4th – Casey Cochran, Ga.

       

Supercross

65cc 10-11 Limited                    65cc 7-9                                               65cc 7-9 Limited

5th – Parker Ross, Calif.            3rdJulien Beaumer, Ariz.                3rd – Julien Beaumer, Ariz.

5th – Casey Cochran, Ga.           6th – Casey Cochran, Ga.                                  

65cc 7-11            

3rd – Julien Beaumer, Ariz.

4th – Casey Cochran, Ga.

Cobra Moto would like to thank all of the companies it partners with to bring the finest minicycles in the world to market including Bel-Ray, SKF, CARD, Dunlop, Answer/Pro Taper and Aeromod International.

Photo courtesy of: Cobra Moto

About Cobra Moto

Cobra Moto, founded in 1993, produces the most successful line of competition mini cycles in the United States with more than 300 national titles in the last decade. Based out of Hillsdale, Mich., Cobra Moto’s mission is to build premium products for the serious racer. For more information on Cobra products, please visit our website at http://www.cobramoto.com/ and like us on Cobra Nation on Facebook.

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Cobra Moto’s new CX65 debuts @ Mini Os, along w/ full Cobra support for racers

Cobra Moto’s factory support big rig’s nearing Florida, manned with a full crew of engineering & tech support and packed to the ceiling with Cobra parts

cobra-moto-haulerHILLSDALE, Mich., (Nov. 18, 2016) – One of America’s longest-running amateur motocross events, the 2017 Thor Winter Olympics, presented by Pro Circuit, at Gainesville’s (Fla.) Gatorback Cycle Park, is the destination for all things Cobra Moto next week (Nov. 21-26). Cobra’s factory support rig hit the road today, full of every Cobra CX part imaginable, along with an engineering and tech staff available to every kid there that’s racing the legendary American-made Cobra mini cycles.

Also along for the ride, and making its debut on the national amateur motocross circuit, is the highly anticipated 2017 Cobra Moto CX65.

“Thanksgiving with the Cobra Moto families from all over the USA – doesn’t get much better than that for Cobra’s factory support staff,” said Cobra Moto President Sean Hilbert. “The Mini Os is an event Cobra Moto looks forward to every year, acts as a highly important gauge for our engineering team and allows us to make a big splash with new product – this year being the debut of our all-new CX65.”

Packed full of American Made parts, the “radically re-designed” CX65, according to Hilbert, features an array of improvements, including:

  • All-new top end, exhaust, transmission and brakes.
  • Improved clutch, featuring a re-designed hydraulic actuator that’s more reliable and requires less maintenance.
  • The most horsepower in its class, “not just in peak, but also the broadest and smoothest power delivery,” according to Hilbert.
  • All-new computer controlled electronic power valve.
  • Only bike in its class with a full cartridge fork.
  • Answer/Pro Taper bars.
  • Dunlop MX51s.
  • Topped off with Bel-Ray’s industry-leading brake, shock, fork & air filter oil, transmission fluid and bearing grease.
  • Bullet-proof wheels made in Cobra’s factory and exclusive to the CX65.
  • Appointed billet goodies everywhere.

Along with the new CX65 under the Cobra Moto factory rig canopy, those attending the Mini Os can watch the action as it happens, “Live,” with racing, timing and scoring on multiple large high definition monitors. Cobra Moto’s engineering and tech crew – the guys who actually designed the parts and build the bikes – knowing them beyond inside and out – are there to assist all Cobra Moto racers and families, featuring a truckload of parts and accessories at their fingertips.

“Good luck next week from everybody at the Cobra Moto factory here in Michigan,” added Hilbert.

Cobra Moto would like to thank all of the companies it partners with to bring the finest minicycles in the world to market including Bel-Ray, SKF, CARD, Dunlop, Answer/Pro Taper and Aeromod International.

Photos courtesy of: Cobra Moto

Cobra Moto, founded in 1993, produces the most successful line of competition mini cycles in the United States with more than 300 national titles in the last decade. Based out of Hillsdale, Mich., Cobra Moto’s mission is to build premium products for the serious racer. For more information on Cobra products, please visit our website at http://www.cobramoto.com/ and like us on Cobra Nation on Facebook.

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Cobra Moto offers trackside support to all Cobra Kids competing at Florida’s Mini Os this week!

Cobra Moto’s factory hauler makes the trek down from Michigan to provide trackside support at the last major amateur MX national of 2015

Cobra Moto's trackside support @ 2015 Mini OsHILLSDALE, Mich., (Nov. 23, 2015) – For 25 years now the American made Cobra competition mini cycles have been tearing it up at the Thor Winter Olympics, aka the Mini Os, at the legendary Gatorback MX Park in Gainesville, Fla. – capturing an unprecedented amount of titles, podiums and awards at the longstanding Thanksgiving week event.

And once again Cobra Moto is providing its racers – from the team kids to all the up-and-comers racing Cobra Moto bikes – a professional level of factory support that legions of racers and their dads (and moms) have come to know as the industry standard as we approach three decades of Cobra Moto racing at the Mini Os!

“Along with Bel-Ray, Dunlop, CARD, Haas, Liquid Performance, SKF and Pro Circuit, Cobra Moto congratulates all its racers on a great season and wishes everyone the best of luck this week at the Mini Os,” said Cobra Moto President Sean Hilbert. “Please make sure you stop by the Cobra Moto hauler and let us know how you’re doing and, more importantly, if there’s anything we can do for you.”

Action at the Mini Os gets underway today with Supercross practice and qualifying. Stay tuned to Cobra Moto’s Facebook page for updates from Gainesville throughout the week.

Photo courtesy of: Cobra Moto

About Cobra Moto

Cobra Moto, founded in 1993, produces the most successful line of competition mini cycles in the United States with more than 300 national titles in the last decade. Based out of Hillsdale, Mich., Cobra Moto’s mission is to build premium products for the serious racer. For more information on Cobra products, please visit our website at www.cobramoto.com and like us on Cobra Nation on Facebook.

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Cobra Moto dominates the 51cc classes at Gatorback’s 43rd annual Thor Winter Olympics

California’s Ryder DiFrancesco captures three overall 50cc MX & SX titles and Canada’s Ryder McNabb, Pa.’s Kyle Born & N.M.’s Evan Woody add three more! Cobra Moto Ryders, DiFrancesco, left, & McNabb @ 2014 Mini Os HILLSDALE, Mich. (Dec. 4, 2014) – The final major amateur national of the 2014 competition season wrapped up this past week/weekend with the 43rd running of Thor Winter Olympics, presented by Pro Circuit, at Florida’s famed Gatorback Cycle Park. And American-made Cobra Moto bikes were again the class of the 51cc races, capturing the majority of the MX and SX titles on the week, including podium sweeps in the premier MX and SX 7-8 Limited classes on the industry-leading CX50SR. Wrapping up his illustrious career on Cobra Moto bikes, with three class wins (2 MX, 1 SX) at Gatorback, was California’s Ryder DiFrancesco. Certainly one of the all-time greats coming out of the legendary champion-producing Cobra Moto factory program, DiFrancesco captured the 51cc 4-8 Limited and 51cc 7-8 Limited MX titles, along with the 51cc 4-8 Limited SX title. “We can’t say enough about what a pleasure it was to work with Ryder and his family over the years – he’s definitely one of the few riders to come out of Cobra Moto with an impeccable competition record during his tenure here,” said Sean Hilbert, President of Cobra Moto. “We wish Ryder the best with his racing in the years to come, and look forward to closely following what should prove to be a very successful pro racing career.” Also coming up big at Gatorback for Cobra Moto was Canada’s Ryder McNabb. With a 51cc 7-8 Limited title in SX and podium finishes behind DiFrancesco in 51cc 4-8 Limited SX (2nd) and 51cc 7-8 Limited MX (3rd), McNabb was Cobra Moto’s second-highest scoring racer at the Mini Os. And joining McNabb with a 1st place podium finish in the 51cc 4-6 Limited SX class aboard Cobra Moto’s CX50JR was Pennsylvania’s Kyle Born, who was joined on the podium in an all-Cobra Moto/Pennsylvania sweep by Will Canaguier (2nd) and Luke Fauser (3rd)! New Mexico’s Evan Woody added the 51cc 4-6 Limited MX title for Cobra Moto, with Cobra CX50JR racer Danilo Pinheiro (Mass.) in the runner-up spot. And on the 65s Cobra Moto was led by New York’s Reed Cooper, who placed a solid 5th in the 7-9 SX class. Cobra Moto podium results from the 2014 Thor Winter Olympics   MX SX 51cc 4-6 Limited                                                         51cc 4-6 Limited                                                                     1st – Evan Woody, N.M.                                                  1st – Kyle Born, Pa. 2nd – Danilo Pinheiro, Mass.                                        2nd – Will Canaguier, Pa. 3rd – Luke Fauser, Pa. 51cc 4-8 Limited                                                         51cc 4-8 Limited                                             1st – Ryder DiFrancesco, Calif.                                     1st – Ryder DiFrancesco, Calif. 2nd – Krystian Janik, Ill.                                                   2nd – Ryder McNabb, Canada   51cc 7-8 Limited 51cc 7-8 Limited 1st – Ryder DiFrancesco, Calif.                                     1st – Ryder McNabb, Canada 2nd – Noah Geyer, Va.                                                     2nd – Jay Covert, Pa. 3rd – Ryder McNabb, Canada                                       3rd – Jett Burgess, Ill. Up next for Cobra Moto: Christmas! Photos: From the Cobra Nation Facebook page Cobra Moto, founded in 1993, produces the most successful line of competition mini cycles in the United States with more than 300 national titles in the last decade. Based out of Hillsdale, Mich., Cobra Moto’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 and like us on Cobra Nation on Facebook. Aysling is a multi-faceted communications agency specializing in strategic media relations and promotions for the powersports and action sports communities. Dialed in with all forms of power and action sports, its participants, manufacturers and live event promoters, Aysling’s Pat Schutte can be reached at patschutte@aysling.com

Cobra completes yet another sweep of the Mini Os’ 50cc championships!

Jett Reynolds wins the 50cc Sr. SX + MX Open titles, crowned 50cc Sr. Olympiad Champion; Nicholas Romano is the 50cc overall Jr. Olympiad

 

Check this out … Kids on Cobras won EVERY 50cc moto @ the Mini Os this year!!!

 

Cobra's Jett Reynolds Mini Os action HILLSDALE, Mich., (Nov. 29, 2012) – The most successful competition 50cc mini cycles in the history of the sport continued its impressive reign on the Mini Os as Cobra Moto again swept top honors across the board in the Jr. & Sr. classes, with two Cobra racers earning the coveted “Olympiad” honors for their efforts in the MX, SX and Open races.

Beginning with the Sr. 50cc class at the 41st running of the Thor Winter National Olympics, presented by Pro Circuit at Gatorback Cycle Park (Fla.), Cobra’s King 50 – the bike that changed the course of minicycle racing here in the States nearly 20 years ago – was raced to championships in the SX class by California’s Jett Reynolds and in the MX class by Georgia’s Gage Linville. In addition, Virginia’s Nathan Merricks would race to a 1st place finish in the 50cc Open SX class, while Reynolds dazzled everybody with is speed & style in winning the 50cc Sr. MX Open class. And with that effort Reynolds was crowd this year’s 50cc Sr. Olympiad title winner!

“Jett had a spectacular weekend at Gatorback,” said Sean Hilbert, President of Cobra Moto. “He’s the real deal.”Cobra's Jett Reynolds Mini Os podium

Some other new names putting up solid numbers at the 41st Mini Os for Cobra Moto include: Tommy Leclere, Thomas Welch, Mason Naecker and Brock Bennett.

The little guys on the Cobra 50JR bikes were led by New York’s Nicholas Romano, who swept both the Mini Os’ SX and MX titles and was awarded the coveted Olympiad title in his division. Fans also got to see a number of Cobra racers move up from the Jr. division to race in the Sr. division. Those kids included: Ryder Di Francesco, Romano, Johnny Weber and Gregory Stewart.

Finally, in the 65cc division – where the new 2013 Cobra CX65 was getting rave reviews at the race – Cobra got an outstanding performance from local Floridian Tommy “TJ” Rios who placed 2nd overall in both the 10-11 65cc MX and SX divisions. Georgia’s Jeremy Seabolt also raced well in the SX Modified division, placing 5th overall.

“Tommy was easily our most improved racer of the year,” said Hilbert of the longtime Cobra rider Rios. “He rode brilliantly all week and everyone at Cobra wishes him the best of luck as he now moves up to the 85cc class.”

Up now for Cobra: This concludes the 2012 competition season for Cobra Moto. We look forward to seeing everyone in March for the opening of the 2013 amateur national MX season. Enjoy the holidays and hit the school books just as hard as your practice track!

Cobra photos courtesy of Brandon Butler

Cobra motos into the Mini Os for an all-out assault on the 50 & 65 podiums!

Cobra’s Gage Linville wraps up his 50cc career with Cobra this week in Gainesville, Ryder Di Francesco’s last ride on the Cobra 50JR bike

 

This just in … Cobra will debut the brand new 2013 CX65 @ the Mini Os!

 

Cobras at the gate HILLSDALE, Mich., (Nov. 20, 2012) – For 41 years now the Thanksgiving MX right-of-passage has been going down in Gainesville, Fla., featuring some of the nation’s best amateur motocross prospects in a unique Supercross/Motocross format known formally as the Thor Winter National Olympics, presented by Pro Circuit at Gatorback Cycle Park.

Or you can just call them the “Mini Os.”

Since the American-made mini bike company’s inception in 1993, Cobras have been a fixture on the Mini Os’ 50cc class podiums. With more than 300-plus major amateur national MX titles – many of which were earned at Gatorback Cycle Park – Cobra riders return to Gainesville this week, Nov. 19-24, in hopes of writing another amazingly successful chapter in the heritage of Michigan’s Cobra Motorcycles.

Beginning Monday and running through Saturday, the week-long racing festival celebrating amateur motocross will undoubtedly be highlighted – yet again – by some stellar performances by Cobra Moto kids. In 2011 Cobra’s Georgia Rocket, Gage Linville (7-8 class), and New York’s Reed Cooper (4-6 class) – names certainly destine to be reckoned with in the future (see Cobra’s: Millsaps, Alessi, Canard, Bowers, Stroupe, Izzi & Cianciarulo) – raced to overall combined class victories on one of America’s key proving grounds for competition mini cycle brands.

In addition, the overall 2011 Loretta Lynn’s 50cc class 7-8 podium, including Reed and two of Cobra’s Bakersfield (Calif.) Boyz – Ryder Di Francesco and Jett Reynolds – making up the entire 4-6 50cc class Olympiad podium at the Mini Os, the first time in memory that that’s occurred.

For 2012 here Cobra is again favored to dominate the 50cc class, while continuing to raise the CX65’s marque in the 65cc classes. Favored to top the Mini Os’ 50cc 7-8 class, in his last major race on a Cobra King 50, is Linville. And though 2011 Mini Os Cobra star Cooper can’t make it (still digging out in N.Y. after Hurricane Sandy), Di Francesco will make a run at Linville in his first national competition on the King 50, while Reynolds will certainly wick up the action as he makes the trip to Florida from California to race, along with seven-year-old Brock Bennett (Bakersfield, Calif.) who’s making his first trip to the Mini Os.

On the 65s look for some quality motos out of Michigan’s Jaiden Taylor, along with local Floridian racer Tommy Rios on his Cobra CX65.

With Cobra providing full factory support with its team of engineers, make sure to stop by the Cobra hauler and check out the new 2013 “Works” CX65 featuring its revolutionary full A-Kit 37mm CARD front forks.

Up now for Cobra: 41st annual Thor Winter National Olympics, presented by Pro Circuit, Gatorback Cycle Park, Gainesville, Fla. (Nov. 19-24).

Cobra starting line photo courtesy of Rodney Webb

New Cobra 2013 Product Reveal Video

Extensive look at the redesigned 2013 Cobra CX65 as well as insights on the new 50cc models!

 

HILLSDALE, Mich., (Oct. 8, 2012) – For the very first time in Cobra Moto’s storied history the reveal of the upcoming product line is captured in stunning full-color HD video, showcasing the newly redesigned Loretta’s-winning Cobra CX65 from top-to-bottom for Cobra customers and retailers alike.

Narrated by Cobra Moto President Sean Hilbert and photographed and edited by Matt Wozney of MXPTV.com (Moto Xposure TV), the new Cobra Moto 2013 reveal video covers the newly designed CX65’s American made and industry-leading front forks, custom wheels, twin spar tubular frame, extended swing arm and improved suspension, high output 65cc engine and braking that allows junior racers to stop on a dime.

“Cobra Moto is pumped to ratchet up the launch of our 2013 line to include, for the very first time, video of the new bikes and components – plus putting them all in action,” said Hilbert. “Matt Wozney did a great job pulling this all together at Loretta’s and we’re confident the MX industry is going to like what they see in the new Cobra bikes for 2013.”

Filmed entirely at Loretta Lynn’s Ranch in Hurricane Mills, Tenn. during the 2012 Red Bull Amateur National Motocross Championship, presented by AMSOIL, Cobra Moto’s 2013 reveal video features clips from the historic ride of Utah’s Pierce Brown to the first-ever 65cc Loretta’s title won on an America made dirt bike. The reveal video also features California’s Ryder Di Francesco, who became the first-ever racer to win back-to-back 51cc (4-6) AMA 1 class title since the class’ inception in 1997. Di Francesco, racing the Cobra JR50, flat out dominated his class, going 1st/1st/1st in the three moto overall format. 2013 Cobra reveal footage also includes 51cc 7-8 AMA 2 class champ Jaiden Taylor (Michigan), Georgia’s Gage Linville and California’s Jett Reynolds.

Up next for Cobra: 41st annual Thor Winter National Olympics, presented by Pro Circuit, Gatorback Cycle Park, Gainesville, Fla. (Nov. 19-24).

Cobra Nation cleans up on top podium spots at the 40th annual Thor Mini Os in Florida

Championships & podiums abound in the 50cc SX & MX classes, while the CX65 continues to expand upon Cobra’s winning heritage in the 65cc classes

 

2011 Mini Os Cobra's Branden Walther HILLSDALE, Mich., (Dec. 2, 2011) – The annual Thanksgiving trek down to Gainesville, Fla., for the nation’s top amateur motocross racers again paid big-time dividends for the world’s leading manufacturer of podium-driven competition mini cycles – Michigan-based Cobra Motorcycles.

The 40th annual Thor Winter National Olympics, presented by Pro Circuit – better known as the “Mini Os” – crowned two 50cc class Cobra Nation riders with the coveted “Olympiad” title for their combined MX/SX efforts at Gatorback Cycle Park. Georgia’s Gage Linville (7-8 class) and Nevada’s Reed Cooper (4-6 class), names certainly destine to be reckoned with in the future (see Cobra’s: Millsaps, Alessi, Canard, Bowers, Stroupe, Izzi & Cianciarulo), raced to overall combined class victories on one of America’s key proving grounds for competition mini cycle brands.

In addition, the overall 2011 Loretta Lynn’s 50cc class 7-8 podium, including Reed and two of Cobra’s Bakersfield (Calif.) Boyz – Ryder Di Francesco and Jett Reynolds – made up the entire 7-8 50cc class Olympiad podium at the Mini Os, the first time in memory that that’s occurred.

2011 Mini Os Cobra's Pierce Brown “Just a great competition week down in Florida. Cobra kids showed up in full force and again had a decided impact on the 50cc class championships, while Cobra Nation racers continued to make successful inroads into the 65cc class’ top five overall results with our American-made CX65,” said Sean Hilbert, President of Cobra Motorcycles. “Congrats to Gage and ‘Reedy’ on their Olympiad titles, and to all the other Cobra Nation members that made the trip this year to Gatorback.”

Standing out amongst the usual titles for Cobra at the Mini Os was the fact that a high number of Cobra-backed riders will return to contest their same class for 2012. Linville, Di Francesco and 65cc class chargers Pierce Brown (Utah) and Tommy Rios (Florida) will all return as favorites in their respective classes beginning with the Amateur MX Nationals’ season-openers this March.

Also noteworthy from Cobra at the Mini Os …

· Maryland’s Jack Rogers was on it in the 65cc 7-9 class, piloting his Cobra CX 65 to a 2nd place podium finish in the SX division.

· Both Brown & Rogers raced pre-production 2012 CX65s with Cobra’s new, industry-exclusive electronic power valve. And how’d it perform? “Really, really – REALLY – well,” beamed Hilbert.

· Other Cobra Nation podium performances at the Mini Os were scored by: Pennsylvania’s Cameron Davis (2nd, 50cc SX 4-8 Stock) and Ohio’s Tanner Kemp (3rd, 50cc SX 4-8 Stock).

· 50cc class racer Branden Walther (Texas) won his first-ever major Amateur MX National overall, taking the 4-8 MX class championship at Gainesville.

· The UK’s Dylan Woodcock won the opening moto in the 10-11 65cc Stock class – and was poised for an overall podium finish – when he slowed up a bit to remove a tear-off and was plowed into by another racer, costing him that probable podium.

2011 Cobra Mini Os photos by Rodney Webb

2011 Mini Os Cobra's Gage Linville