As he stands on the brink of clinching his third World Championship, Mercedes AMG Petronas driver Lewis Hamilton will be doing a majority of his pre-United States Grand Prix media commitments on Wednesday in Austin.
Included among them is a stop on “Under Center” with Mark Malone and James Lofton on NBC Sports Radio, scheduled for 3:35 p.m. ET. It’s available on the NBC Sports Radio app, on Sirius 213 / XM 202, and NBCSportsRadio.com.
Hamilton will be on for a roughly eight-to-10-minute hit discussing a variety of F1 topics, as well as his love for North America and the U.S. in particular.
It should be a busy day for the Englishman, who’s won three of the last four U.S. Grands Prix (2007 in Indianapolis, then the 2012 and 2014 races in Austin).
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.
“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 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.