Cobra Racers Ramp Up For Next Week's Mini Olympics - News - Dirt Rider Magazine

Led by racers on the Cobra brand "King Cobra" minicycle, world's top young racers will descend upon Gatorback Cycle Park in Alachua, Fla., next week for the 34th running of the AMA Winter National Olympics - aka the Mini O's.With the 'supercross' racing format of the event beginning on Monday, Nov. 21st and culminating with the final 'motocross' format races on Saturday, Nov. 25th, Cobra plans on being well-represented on the 50cc class podiums through out the week - just as they have since the company's inception in 1993."Not since the Amateur Nationals at Loretta's has an event of this magnitude been held for the up-and-coming stars of motocross here in the United States," said Cobra President Sean Hilbert. "The kids are hungry, our American-made bikes are ready and we're confident that Cobra will again be the most talked about bike in its class come next Saturday's awards ceremony at Gatorback Cycle Park."Leading the way for Cobra - in his last national racer ever on the Cobra brand minicycle - will be the all-time most winningest 50cc class racer, Florida's own Adam Cianciarulo. The nine-year-old from Port Orange will cap off the most impressive season ever by a 50cc racer this next week at him home state track at Gatorback, hoping to add to his list of titles this summer that run from Lake Whitney through Loretta's - and all stops in between, including the World Mini Trophy in Belgium where Cianciarulo helped Team USA dominate the 50cc class."We're looking forward to being with Adam and his family next week for his final race with us," said Hilbert. "He's had a storybook racing career on Cobras and we're hoping, as his stardom rises, that he doesn't forget us - because we most certainly won't forget him."Joining Cobra's Cianciarulo in a quest for Mini O gold will be defending Olympiad (SX/MX combined) champion in the 50cc 7-8 class, Connor Mitchell (Oregon City, Ore.). Another big name aboard a Cobra King 50 next week will be Thomas Covington (Oshkosh, Wisc.). Covington was on the Mini O's podium last year in the 50cc 7-8 Supercross Division.Other 7-8 age class Cobra racers vying for podium spots include: Blake Green (recent top Mini O performer, National title at Branson in '05), Matt Burkeen (top three finishes at every National this year) and Coleman Martin (member of the winning Mini Trophy team). And making the jump early to the senior class are the top 2005 junior Cobra riders - Michael Young (2005 Oak Hill National title), Carter Stephenson (2nd at Loretta's this year) and Bradley Esper ('05 Loretta's podium finisher).In the 4-6 age class, keep an eye on Cobra's Hayden Justice, Jacob Edison and Rookie White - all of who have put up some excellent results through out the summer.Cobra, founded in 1993, produces the most successful line of competition minicycles and quadcycles in the United States with more than 100 national titles in the last decade. Cobra's mission is to build premium products for the serious racer. For more information on Cobra products, please visit our website at Profile Public Relations (HPPR), LLC, is a multi-faceted communications agency specializing in strategic media relations - both industry and mainstream - for the powersports and action sports communities. Dialed in with all forms of power and action sports, its participants, manufacturers and live event promoters, HPPR's Pat Schutte can be reached at (734) 369-2170 and