Aspiring open-wheel driver Jack Aitken delivers scathing critique of new FIA points system


If you’re not that well-known in the grand scheme of the motorsports arena, one way you can stand out is by making your mark on social media.

Another way to do so is to offer a scathing critique of something, especially if the take is on point and well-reasoned.

Both of the above points brings us to Jack Aitken, a 19-year-old half English, half South Korean open-wheel prospect, who may have offered the most damning critique of the day on the new points system needed to earn an F1 Superlicense as outlined by the FIA.

Aitken raced this year in the Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 series, where he finished seventh in the 30-driver field and top ranked British driver. He also finished ninth and fourth in a one weekend, two race cameo driving for Team Pelfrey’s Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires team in that series finale at Sonoma in August, on his debut weekend in the series.

So that’s who he is, and here’s what he posted on Twitter on Tuesday:

If you can’t read the small print in full, here’s the full transcript beyond the immediate boom of the FIA/FIFA conspiracy comparison as the tweet intro:

The FIA want us to believe a champion of WSR 3.5 is simply not qualified for F1, whereas the champion of F3, with less than half the power is. Right. As for the Renault 2.0 series, the champion of the Eurocup series is awarded all of 5 of the necessary 40 points, whereas National F4 championships award double that. Not only is the Eurocup widely accepted as an extremely competitive training ground for F1, it is definitely not half as useful preparation for F1 as a championship with cars nearly 7 seconds a lap slower than it. As if this wasn’t enough of a statement of intent, they have reserved the most points for a ‘Future FIA F2’ series, of which there are no real plans whatsoever at the moment. Button, Raikkonen, Ricciardo, Schumacher? Wouldn’t qualify. How much further will the FIA go to stamp out rival series to pave the way for their own? They should be focusing on solving the real problems of motorsport, rather than shamelessly promoting themselves.

It’s quite a bold statement to make, considering that as an up-and-coming driver Aitken doesn’t necessarily carry the clout of say, a World Series by Renault or Japanese Super Formula driver who is more established and would have more of a legitimate gripe over the system as outlined, if he or she wasn’t eligible for a Superlicense.

However, consider nearly all the points in this rant are well-reasoned, were picked up throughout the day by drivers and individuals who do carry a certain amount of clout, and you understand that Aitken almost has nothing to lose by saying what he did.

This is an important statement, and it will be interesting to see where Aitken’s career goes on his own and whether he might face any repercussions for his personal taking the FIA to task.

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.