Buemi laments lost points in Formula E title fight


e.dams driver Sebastien Buemi has made no secret of his frustration over the points that he has lost so far in the inaugural FIA Formula E season, believing that he would otherwise be fighting championship leader Lucas di Grassi at the top of the standings.

Buemi currently ranks third in the drivers’ championship, 15 points behind di Grassi. The Frenchman won the third race of the year at Punta del Este in Uruguay, but retirements in Beijing and Buenos Aires have prevented him from posing a stiffer challenge at the top.

Reflecting on the season so far in an interview with the series’ website, Buemi said that he could not be happy with his performance due to these missed opportunities and mistakes he has made.

“I think I cannot really be happy with my season so far as we could have achieved a lot more,” Buemi said. “We have a good car and I have lost too many points.

“You can always look back and blame the driver or the team but I have made some driving errors and that is something quite easy to do in these cars. I could have done better but we are still in the chasing group to win the championship.

However, Buemi remains hopeful of getting in the title fight in the remaining six races, with the next event taking place in Miami on March 14th.

“Lucas is slightly in front but we have a competitive package and if we don’t make mistakes we can have a great chance to fight for the title,” Buemi said. “Right now we need to make sure we do the basics right and we can have a realistic chance.”

In spite of Buemi’s retirements, e.dams does lead the teams’ championship by 11 points thanks to a strong start to the year. In the sister car, Nicolas Prost ranks fourth for in the drivers’ standings, just one point behind his teammate.

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.