Tony Kanaan and Robert Wickens posted identical times in Friday’s practice session for the DXC Technology 600 at Texas Motor Speedway with a lap of 220.014 mph.
Kanaan sat on top of the leaderboard until the final minute of practice, when he was joined by Wickens.
Sebastian Bourdais (219.619 mph), Alexander Rossi (219.355) and Gabby Chaves (219.064) rounded out the top five.
Last week’s winner of race one at Detroit’s Belle Isle Raceway Will Power was 15th fastest (217.214), while the winner of race two Ryan Hunter-Reay was 18th (215.958).
The first 30 minutes of Friday’s one-and-a-half hour practice session used primarily to scuff tires, but it was not without incident.
After posting the second fastest lap of 208.904 mph to that point, Zachary Claman De Melo stalled on track with an electronic throttle issue while there was still one hour remaining in practice. He brought out the yellow flag. De Melo eventually settled into 19th on the speed chart with a 215.009 mph lap.
Max Chilton also had a throttle issue early in practice while scrubbing tires. He reported that there were no issues with his engine. Chilton landed 22nd on the grid with a speed of 211.746 mph.
Beta Motorcycles joins SuperMotocross in 2024, Benny Bloss named first factory rider
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.