by JohnNicholas on 04/19/2010
Led by California’s Robertson, Georgia’s Linville and Missouri’s Forkner, Cobra’s again the top mini factory @ NMA GP event
HILLSDALE, Mich., (April 19, 2010) – In sweeping both the 50cc PW Through 6 and PW 7-8 stock and modified podiums, along with placing a rider on the podium in the 9-11 Jr. Cycle (65cc) modified and Open Through 11 classes and atop the podium in the 6-9 Super Pee Wee class, the American-made Cobra Motorcycles again laid claim to the top mini cycle manufacturer at the NMA’s Mini World Grand Prix held this past weekend in Mesquite, Nev. (formerly the Vegas Mini GPs).
Led by California’s Stilez Robertson with championships in the PW 7-8 classes (stock & modified) and 6-9 Super Pee Wee class, along with Georgia’s Gage Linville winning both the PW Through 6 classes, Cobra-mounted racers swept not only every 50cc championship trophy at the long-running event, but also captured all the podium spots in the aforementioned classes.
Here’s a fun interview with Gage earlier this year: http://www.motoplayground.com/main/mpg-todays-everyone-lake-whitney/thursday-3-11/51-4-6-stk
“The NMA’s Mini GPs was another opportunity for Cobra racers to make a statement versus our competition on a national stage – and our kids did just that,” said Sean Hilbert, President of Cobra Motorcycles. “We’re all really proud of Stilez, Gage and the rest of the gang in the 50cc classes, along with Austin (Forkner) and Brandon (Smith) on the Cobra CX65s. Great going guys!”
As Hilbert mentioned, both Missouri’s Forkner and New Mexico’s Smith were again solid on their CX65s with Forkner locking down a 2nd place finish in the Open Through 11 class and a 3rd place podium finish in the 9-11 Jr. Cycle modified class. Smith, only a nine-year-old in the 9-11 Jr. Cycle class, scored top ten finishes in all three classes (stock, modified and Open). Note: Smith was the highest-placing nine-year-old in the class.
Joining Robertson and Linville on the box in the 50cc classes were:
PW Through 6 stock PW Through 6 modified
2 – Robert Hailey III, Nev. 2 – Hailey
3 – Tyler Nicholson, Calif. 3 – Luke Kalaitzian, Calif.
PW 7-8 stock PW 7-8 modified
2 – Carson Mumford, Calif. 2 – Mumford
3 – Chris Nunes, Calif. 3 – Pierce Brown, Utah
Next up on the amateur national level for Cobra is the July 26-31 Ponca City (Okla.) MX National.
Cobra, founded in 1993, produces the most successful line of competition mini cycles and mini quads in the United States with more than 200 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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Photos of Gage Linville (#402) & Brandon Smith (#117) courtesy of Motoplayground