Russian driver Sergey Sirotkin will race for ART Grand Prix in the 2016 GP2 season after leaving Rapax.
Sirotkin finished as the top rookie in GP2 last season, ending the year third in the standings behind champion Stoffel Vandoorne and American driver Alexander Rossi.
The 20-year-old confirmed at the end of last year that he would be remaining in GP2 for 2016 with the hope of balancing his racing commitments with a test role in Formula 1.
On Friday, it was confirmed that Sirotkin would be joining ART in place of Vandoorne who is prohibited from returning to GP2 as a champion.
“I am very excited to be joining ART Grand Prix because it is a big family which has the culture of motorsport,” Sirotkin said.
“They are a winning team wherever they have competed so far, like in the GP2 history, with a unbelievable 2015 season.
“This is a great opportunity for me, because ART Grand Prix has shown many times that it is the best place for a young driver to be and I intend to make the most of this opportunity, while doing the best possible job for the team.
“I would like to thanks ART Grand Prix, SMP Racing and my partners for this opportunity and I’m sure it will be an amazing season for both me and the team.”
Sirotkin first came to attention in 2013 when he joined Sauber as a development driver at the age of 17, with a view to racing in F1 for the Swiss team.
After taking part in practice for the Russian Grand Prix, Sirotkin parted company with Sauber at the end of 2014 before turning his attention to GP2.
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.