American Flat Track announces 2023 schedule

American Flat Track Schedule
American Flat Track

The American Flat Track announced an 18-race schedule for 2023 that begins with a two-race stand at Daytona International Speedway and ends with a pair of races at the Springfield (Ill.) Mile at the Illinois Fairgrounds.

This year’s schedule features the return of traditional tracks, some returning favorites and new courses.

Additionally, the schedule is well balanced with five one-mile tracks, five half-miles, five half-miles, four short tracks and four tourist trophy (TT) races featuring a mix of road and oval dirt racing.

Highlighting new and returning courses are iconic dirt tracks like Senoia (Ga.) Speedway, Devil’s Bowl Speedway in Mesquite, Texas and West Virginia Motor Speedway in Mineral Wells.

The TT track Daytona, the Sacramento Mile ant the California Expo and DuQuoin State Fairgrounds mile well represent the traditional tracks.

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The Arizona Super TT returns after debuting in 2019. It has been scheduled to coincide with the 29th annual Arizona Bike Week on April 1. The course at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park outside of Phoenix features a variety of left- and right-hand turns.

American Flat Track 2023 Schedule

March 9 -10, 2023 – Daytona Short Track I, Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach, FL
March 25, 2023 – Senoia Short Track, Senoia Raceway, Senoia, GA
April 1, 2023 – Arizona Super TT, Chandler, AZ
April 22, 2023 – Dallas Half-Mile, Devil’s Bowl Speedway, Mesquite, TX
May 6, 2023 – Ventura Short Track, Ventura Raceway, Ventura, CA
May 13, 2023 – Sacramento Mile, Cal Expo, Sacramento, CA
May 27, 2023 – Red Mile, The Red Mile, Lexington, KY
June 17, 2023 – DuQuoin Mile, Du Quoin State Fairgrounds, Du Quoin, IL
June 24, 2023 – Lima Half-Mile, Allen County Fairgrounds, Lima, OH
July 1, 2023 – West Virginia Half-Mile, West Virginia Motor Speedway, Mineral Wells, WV
July 8, 2023 – Orange County Half-Mile, Orange County Fair Speedway, Middletown, NY
July 22, 2023 – Bridgeport Half-Mile, Bridgeport Speedway, Swedesboro, NJ
July 30, 2023 – Peoria TT, Peoria Motorcycle Club, Peoria, IL
August 6, 2023 – Buffalo Chip TT, Sturgis Buffalo Chip, Sturgis, SD
August 12, 2023 – Castle Rock TT, Castle Rock Race Park, Castle Rock, WA
September 2-3, 2023 – Springfield Mile I, Illinois State Fairgrounds, Springfield, IL

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

Beta Motorcycles 2024 Bloss
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.