Davey Coombs evaluates the Supercross season and looks forward to Pro Motocross


With six rounds remaining in the Monster Energy Supercross (SX) season and the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross (MX) seven weeks away, Davey Coombs sat down with SMX Insiders Jason Weigandt and Daniel Blair to evaluate the dramatic SX campaign and predict how it will carry over into the summer series.

The Lucas Oil Pro Motocross season gets underway May 27 at Fox Raceway. – Align Media

For most of the first 11 rounds of the 2023 Supercross championship, the title battle has been a three-man race between last year’s Motocross champion Eli Tomac, Cooper Webb and Chase Sexton. As that series heads into the homestretch, Tomac and Webb are separating themselves from the pack, but that does not discount Sexton’s speed.

“Who would have thought at this point in the season we would have Eli and Cooper tied in points,” Coombs, President of MX Sports Pro Racing, said in the interview above. “Your No. 1 and No. 2 both with red plates and arguably the fastest guy has been Chase Sexton, who just has not been fast at the right time, which is at the end of the race when they give out the results.”

Coombs had ample opportunity to evaluate Sexton last year as he won four Motocross rounds, including the season opener at Fox Raceway in Pala, California, and stood on the podium in all but one overall race. He pursued Tomac until the very end of the season before ultimately coming up only seven points shy of the lead.

Points have added importance this year. Sexton currently sits 22 behind Tomac and Webb and will continue to tally points during the final six rounds of Supercross and throughout the Motocross season. Combined points will seed the final three-race SuperMotocross World Championship that gets underway September 9 at zMax Dragway in Charlotte, NC and Sexton can still be No. 1.

Looking forward to Pro Motocross, Coombs sees a lot of value in several riders. Notable among them will be Justin Cooper, who has the opportunity to compete in the 250 class in that series after being required to move into 450s this year by Supercross rules. (Cooper won the 2021 250 West championship and had one season to defend his title.)

“I don’t count Cooper as having even done Supercross [this season] even though he’s had three or four really good 450 rides,” Coombs said. “I think that Justin Cooper is the guy I’d be thinking of as my favorite for that opener at Fox Raceway.

“And as for Jett moving up, we watched the Motocross of Nations last September and saw him go straight up against Sexton, straight up against [Dylan] Ferrandis – I feel like he goes to the starting gate as a top-five guy, maybe even a podium guy.”

Lawrence moves from the 250 to 450 class for the Motocross season and earlier in the year he said once he moves into this class, he intends to remain there for the inaugural SuperMotocross World Championship.

The SuperMotocross World Championship is not the only new feature this year. NBC Sports announced earlier they will air all 31 rounds of the three combined series on Peacock, NBC, USA Network, CNBC, and NBC Sports digital platforms, providing seamless coverage.

The Lucas Oil Pro Motocross season kicks off May 27 at Fox Raceway.

The 2023 Pro Motocross Championship broadcast and streaming schedule:

Date Race Location Platform/Network Time (ET)
Sat., May 27 Fox Raceway National Peacock 4 p.m.
Sat., June 3 Hangtown Classic Peacock 4 p.m.
Sat., June 10 Thunder Valley National Peacock 3 p.m.
Sat., June 17 High Point National Peacock 1 p.m.
Sat., July 1 RedBud National Peacock 1 p.m.
Sat., July 8 Southwick National Peacock, NBC 1 p.m.
Sat., July 15 Spring Creek National Peacock 2 p.m.
Sun., July 16 Spring Creek National USA Network* Noon
Sat., July 22 Washougal National Peacock 4 p.m.
Sat., Aug. 12 Unadilla National Peacock 1 p.m.
Sat., Aug. 12 Unadilla National Peacock, NBC 3 p.m.
Sat., Aug. 19 Budds Creek National Peacock 1 p.m.
Sun., Aug. 20 Budds Creek National USA Network* Noon
Sat., Aug. 26 Ironman National Peacock 1 p.m.

*Encore presentation

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.