Dylan Ferrandis injury update, may return before end of Supercross season


Dylan Ferrandis and Yamaha Star Racing have provided an injury update. The rider may return to action before the end of the Monster Energy Supercross season if his rehabilitation from accidents in Houston and Daytona Beach, Florida continues as planned.

Dylan Ferrandis intended to return at Daytona, but another hard crash on Press Day delayed his recovery. – Feld Motor Sports

Ferrandis has entered a three-week rehabilitation program, but believes it may take an additional three weeks before he feels 100 percent to ride again.

If the timeline holds, he could race as early as Nashville in late April, but a firm date has not been provided.

Two laps into the Houston Main, Ferrandis was involved in an accident with Ken Roczen as they battled for eighth place. Ferrandis landed on the back Roczen’s bike and was thrown, landing headfirst on the track. Ferrandis momentarily lost consciousness and the race was red flagged so he could be attended to by the Alpinestars medical team. He regained consciousness and he was able to stand and walk to the cart under his own power.

Ferrandis attempted to return at Daytona three weeks later, but another hard crash in the second session of Friday’s Media Day practice kept him from riding on Saturday.

“Although he was hoping to return sooner, Dylan needed further evaluation and treatment for the injuries he sustained during his crash in Houston,” said Jeremy Coker, Star Racing Yamaha team manager, in a press release. “He has started a program to get back to feeling 100 percent and hopes to be back for the final rounds of the Supercross season.”

The final three rounds of the Supercross season will be held April 29 in Nashville, May 6 in Denver and May 13 in Salt Lake City. The Lucas Oil Pro Motocross season begins two weeks after the conclusion of Supercross and both series combine points for inclusion in the inaugural SuperMotocross Championship. To be eligible for an automatic berth in the Main Events of that three-race championship, riders must be in the top 20.

Even after missing six rounds so far, Ferrandis currently sits 17th in the championship standings with 20-point cushion above the bubble. He was 15th in the points when he attempted to return in Daytona after missing three rounds.

Earning any points in the final few Supercross races could prove critical to ensuring he is part of the top 20, but Ferrandis also has the full motocross calendar to move up the combined standings. He won that title as a 450 rookie in 2021.

“After my crash at Houston and Daytona, I needed further evaluation,” Ferrandis said. “I just started a three-week rehab to make sure everything is okay and with the goal to come back in around six weeks.”

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.