Around 600 riders came out to the eighth edition of the MX Masters Kids–a minibike version of the Motocross of Nations–on July 10-11 at Commercy in Lorraine, France, and Team USA and American-made Cobra motorcycles were center stage, dominating both the 50cc and 65cc Senior classes, with the Missouri tandem of Austin Forkner and "Lightning" Lance Kobush bringing home top honors in the Senior 65cc and Senior 50cc, respectively.Beginning with Forkner (pictured below on the left), who piloted the revolutionary Cobra CARD CX65 big wheel in the 65cc Senior class, the Cobra factory racer won four-straight motos to take the overall victory. Kobush (pictured below on the right) was equally impressive on his Cobra King 50, leading every lap of all four of his motos for the 50cc Senior-class win.
"The MX Masters Kids is such an important race–really sets the foundation for which nations have the strongest up-and-coming motocross programs, and, above all, is a heck of an educational experience for the kids that represent Team USA," said Sean Hilbert, president of Cobra Motorcycles. "Congrats to Austin and Lance and the legions of kids at the event running Cobras for other countries. Everyone at Cobra is very proud of your efforts."
On the podium in the 65cc Junior class–and just missing the top spot by a couple corners–was Cobra's Michael Hicks. America's Hicks led the final "Winner Takes All" moto through the final lap, but was unexpectedly passed when he ran into some lapped traffic, and had to settle for second place overall on his CX65. And just missing the podium by a notch (landing in fourth place) in the 50cc Senior class was another Cobra-backed American, TJ Rios, who qualified in second place, but suffered a front flat tire in the final moto.
Internationally, Cobra's Meico Viettik from Estonia won the little guy (4-6) 50cc class, and Belgium's Florent Devalck made the podium in the third spot in the 7-8 50cc class on his King 50. Briton Scott James and Charlie Burt also placed in the top 10, in fifth and eight, respectively. And in the 7-9 65cc class the UK's Christopher Mills placed ninth on his CX65.
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