WATCH LIVE: FP2 for the Belgian Grand Prix on NBCSN and Live Extra from 8am ET

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Nico Rosberg bounced back from an early problem on his Mercedes car to finish as the fastest driver in FP1 on Friday morning, beating teammate and championship rival Lewis Hamilton by two-tenths of a second.

Hamilton and Rosberg are set to renew their battle for the second half of the 2015 season following a month-long summer break that has given the F1 paddock a chance to detox and debrief.

From here on in though, a relentless run of nine races in 15 weeks will following, all starting in Belgium this weekend.

Following on from FP1, FP2 takes place this afternoon at the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps as the pecking order becomes increasingly clear ahead of this weekend’s race.

You can watch FP2 for the Belgian Grand Prix live on NBCSN and Live Extra from 8am ET on Friday. CLICK HERE to watch via live stream.

Hamilton and Rosberg may remain each other’s biggest rival, but both Mercedes drivers have been forced to keep one eye on their mirrors in recent races following the emergence of Ferrari and Williams.

Both teams have upset Mercedes in the past six weeks, with Ferrari taking a particularly big scalp by dominating the Hungarian Grand Prix.

Quite whether anyone can mount a serious challenge to the Silver Arrows this weekend remains to be seen, but there is still everything to play for at Spa.

You can watch FP2 for the Belgian Grand Prix live on NBCSN and Live Extra from 8am ET on Friday. CLICK HERE to watch via live stream.

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.