MotoGP: Marquez claims pole for German GP


Marc Marquez will start tomorrow’s MotoGP German Grand Prix from pole position after edging out Honda teammate Dani Pedrosa in qualifying at the Sachsenring on Saturday.

Marquez posted a fastest lap time of 1:20.336 to break his own lap record and claim his sixth consecutive pole position at the German circuit.

The two-time MotoGP world champion has a sequence of pole and wins stretching all the way back to 2010 when he was racing in the 125cc class, now known as Moto3.

“We will try for six wins, the most important thing is the confidence with the bike is really high,” Marquez said after the session.

“At this circuit I always get good results but this weekend I feel good and I’m constant. I was also fast over one lap so I’m happy, also happy with the work that we have done. Tomorrow is the most important so we have to keep on like this.”

Pedrosa did put up a fight for pole on the sister Honda bike, only to fall two-tenths of a second short and end in second place. Yamaha’s Jorge Lorenzo will start the race from third on the grid.

After securing pole position at the Dutch TT two weeks ago, championship leader Valentino Rossi struggled in qualifying at the Sachsenring, finishing sixth behind Andrea Iannone and Yonny Hernandez.

Rossi has managed to fight his way through the field on a number of occasions in 2015, but with Marquez looking more comfortable on his 2014-spec bike, the Spaniard will head into tomorrow’s race with a golden opportunity to score his second win of the season.

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.