Dylan Ferrandis to skip final four Supercross rounds to prepare for Motocross season

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Dylan Ferrandis will skip the final four rounds of the 2022 Monster Energy Supercross season so he can prepare to defend his 2021 Lucas Oil Motocross championship.

Ferrandis has already missed three races since injuring his wrist in a crash at Detroit on March 12 in Round 10 and the injury has not healed sufficiently to be competitive.

In the first 10 races of 2022, Ferrandis earned only one podium finish, which was a third in San Diego. He came close to repeating that feat twice, including on the Daytona International Speedway infield course that is perhaps the closest comparison to the conditions he races in Motocross.

“Looking at the bigger picture, we made the decision as a team that it was best for Dylan to focus on getting back to feeling 100 percent for the outdoor season,” said team manager Jeremy Coker in a press release. “It’s a tough sport, and we have a lot of racing ahead of us, so it’s more important at this point of the Supercross season to focus on defending his title in the Pro Motocross Championship.”

Ferrandis earned the 2021 Motocross title by a massive 73-point margin over Eli Tomac. Ferrandis’ 2021 effort included six wins and a perfect record of podium finishes in overall results. His wins bookended the season with a triumph in the opener at Fox Raceway in Pala, California and the closer at Hangtown in Rancho Cordova, California.

“Together with the team, we decided to not go back to racing for the remaining rounds of Supercross,” Ferrandis said. “I just returned to riding Motocross and I felt that my wrist was not fully ready to support the load of Supercross.

“It’s a bummer for sure. I will focus on getting my wrist back to 100 percent and be ready for the outdoor season.”

The Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship will once again get underway at the Fox Raceway on May 28.

Beta Motorcycles joins SuperMotocross in 2024, Benny Bloss named first factory rider

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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.