Alonso: My future is not Ferrari’s decision


Fernando Alonso has said that his future is not Ferrari’s decision as he looks increasingly likely to return to McLaren for the 2015 season.

The Spaniard’s next move has been speculated for some time, but he is poised to leave Maranello after five years of unfulfilled potential to make room for four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel.

Vettel has already confirmed that he will be leaving Red Bull at the end of the year, and although Alonso’s future is not yet publicly known, his path does appear to be set.

In 18 races this year, Alonso has outqualified Ferrari teammate Kimi Raikkonen on 16 occasions, prompting NBCSN’s Will Buxton to ask Alonso if Ferrari was getting rid of the wrong driver.

“I think it is not Ferrari’s decision,” Alonso replied.

In qualifying for the Brazilian Grand Prix today, Alonso finished the session in eighth place, but feels that this is all Ferrari was able to manage. His time was just 0.05 seconds shy of fifth place on the grid, though.

“We didn’t have any expectations to be honest,” he said. “We were seventh and eighth this morning in free practice, we are eighth and tenth now. We are more or less around those positions.

“We arrived with just one set of tires in Q3 so we just tried to maximize the set. The lap was good. Obviously with one-tenth you can be fifth or tenth, we are eighth and tenth so we could be a little bit more lucky there, but I think we are where we deserve to be.”

You can watch the Brazilian Grand Prix live on CNBC from 10:30a ET tomorrow.

Beta Motorcycles joins SuperMotocross in 2024, Benny Bloss named first factory rider

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Beta Motorcycles

Benny Bloss will race for the factory Beta Motorcycles team in 2024 as that manufacturer joins SuperMotocross as the ninth brand to compete in the series. Beta Motorcycles will make their debut in the Monster Energy Supercross opener at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, California in January.

Benny Bloss finished among the top 10 twice in Pro Motocross, in 2016 and 2018. – Beta Motorcycles

“The wait is over and we can finally share everything we have been working towards,” said Carlen Gardner, Race Team Manager in a press release. “It has been a great experience being a part of this development and seeing the progression. The only missing part was finding a rider that would mesh well with our Beta Family.

“After a one phone call with Benny, we knew it would be a good fit for him, and for us. We are happy to have him on board for the next two years and can’t wait to see everyone at Anaheim in January.”

Bloss debuted in the 450 class in 2015 with a 15th-place finish overall at Ironman Raceway in Crawfordsville, Indiana.

Bloss has a pair of top-10 rankings in the division with a sixth-place finish in the Pro Motocross Championship in 2016 and a seventh in 2018. His best Supercross season ended 15th in the standings in 2018.

“I’m extremely excited to join the Beta Factory Racing team,” Bloss said. “It’s cool to see a brand with such a rich history in off-road racing to come into the US Supercross and Motocross space. I know this team will be capable of great things as we build and go racing in 2024.”

Bloss is currently 22nd in the SuperMotocross rankings and has not raced in the first two rounds of the Motocross season.

Testing for Beta Motorcycles is scheduled to begin in August and the team expects to announce a second rider at that time.

The family-owned brand adds to the international flare of the sport. The company was founded in Florence, Italy in 1905 as Società Giuseppe Bianchi as they built handmade bicycles, The transition to motorcycle production in the late 1940s.

Beta Motorcycles competed and won in motocross competition in the late 1970s and early 1980s with Jim Pomeroy and other riders.

Beta will join Triumph Motorcycles as a second historic brand to join the sport in 2024. First established in 1902, Triumph has won in nearly every division they have competed in, dating back to their first victory in the 1908 Isle of Man TT. Triumph will debut in the 250 class in 2024 and plans to expand into 450s in 2025.