Big weekend for Brembo on Belle Isle

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It’s a busy weekend for Brembo brakes this weekend in Detroit. See release below:

Brembo, the world leader and acknowledged innovator of brake technology for automotive vehicles, will be featured at every turn on Detroit’s Belle Isle Grand Prix Circuit this weekend. At the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix, Brembo will be represented in the Verizon IndyCar Series, Pirelli World Challenge and TUDOR United SportsCar Championship.

Brembo will also display several brake systems on Belle Isle as Cadillac will show its all-new ATS-V and CTS-V with Brembo brakes. The Chevrolet Corvette Z06 with Brembo carbon ceramic brakes and the 2015 Camaro with a Brembo braking system are on display in the IndyCar paddock.

Brembo enters its fourth consecutive season as the exclusive brake supplier of the Verizon IndyCar Series and will be fitted on the entire 23 car field. In the Pirelli World Challenge series, Brembo brakes will be stopping 22 of the 28 GT cars. In addition, Brembo brakes and calipers will also help to pace the big events on the Chevrolet Corvette Z06 as well as the Cadillac ATS-V.

“The Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix is a home event for Brembo,” Dan Sandberg, president and chief executive officer, Brembo North America said. “Our brake systems will help stop every IndyCar as well as 88 percent of the Pirelli World Challenge field. Out front you will see the Corvette Z06 with Brembo brakes pacing the IndyCars and the all-new Cadillac ATS-V pacing the World Challenge race with Brembo brakes as well.”

The 2015 season marks the 40th Anniversary of Brembo’s first entry into motorsports. Brembo supplied its first racing brake system to Ferrari in 1975, in the Formula One World Championship. Since then, the Italian company has invested heavily in research and development of highly innovative and technological products.

In 40 years of motorsports, Brembo-equipped teams have won championships in F1 (20 Drivers’ and 24 Manufacturers’), 24 Hours of Le  Mans (23 of 26 years), MotoGP (24 of 27) and three in IndyCar since returning to the series in 2012. Brembo’s history with open-wheel racing in America dates back to the 1989 CART Indy Car Championship.

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

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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.