Three-stop strategy made no sense to Ricciardo, calls it ‘hard to take’

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Daniel Ricciardo was downbeat after Red Bull’s decision to switch him to a three-stop strategy cost him the chance to win Sunday’s Spanish Grand Prix.

Ricciardo led the early part of the race after Mercedes teammates Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg took each other out on the first lap.

However, the Australian was moved onto a three-stop strategy in the middle stint of the race, costing him the lead and leaving him to make up a number of positions in the closing stages.

The decision left Ricciardo toiling to pass Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel for third in the final few laps before suffering a puncture that resigned him to fourth at the flag.

Meanwhile, Red Bull teammate Max Verstappen claimed his first Formula 1 victory on a two-stop strategy, becoming the youngest winner in the history of the sport.

Speaking to NBCSN after the race, Ricciardo admitted that he did not agree with Red Bull’s decision to three-stop him, saying it made little sense to do so when leading.

“If you’re in the group, try three stops,” Ricciardo said.

“But to three-stop from the lead and put yourself behind cars on a track that’s tough to overtake at doesn’t make much sense.

“We were controlling the lead. We weren’t as quick as I would have liked, but to throw yourself back is a hard one to take and doesn’t really add up.”

When asked if he was sacrificed to allow Verstappen to win, Ricciardo said: “No, in terms of that stuff, no. It worked out as it worked out.

“The leader should normally get the better strategy. Three stop wasn’t fine. I’m not even on the podium. Even without puncture we weren’t on the podium.”

Ricciardo tried a number of opportunistic moves on Vettel in the closing stages, causing the German to complain to his Ferrari team over the radio at one point.

“Seb was slower than me,” Ricciardo said. “I got close and nearly pulled it off.

“Seb said I was too aggressive… I’m not sure what he wants.”

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.