Enzo Lopes, Phil Nicoletti are Club MX’s dynamic duo


Mentor and mentee, brothers-in-law or just plain friends, the relationship between Enzo Lopes and Phil Nicoletti has grown through the years as the two Club MX riders have become close during Lopes’ five years on a 250 Monster Energy Supercross bike.

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Enzo Lopes earned his first of two fourth-place finishes in San Diego. – Feld Motor Sports

Their banter is immediately apparent in an interview with NBC Sports that ran as part of the Raceday live coverage on PeacockTv.com.

“It was one of the first few days I was riding with him, I kind of cut the track,” Enzo Lopes said, with a lilt to his voice in the interview above. “He got super mad, like he usually does.”

“I yelled at him,” Nicoletti replied. “He probably didn’t understand what I was saying.”

“He’s grumpy always,” Enzo continued. “At the beginning I didn’t know how to deal with it, but now I think it’s super funny.”

Lopes joined the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross series in 2018. Coming from Brazil, there were no opportunities to race in the tight confines of a stadium and the outdoor season created a bridge, so Lopes successfully debuted in Supercross the following season. He earned his first top-10 in his fifth start in Seattle. It took only one more week to earn a second at Denver. The next year, Lopes earned six top-10s in eight starts in a season interrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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“More than being grumpy, he’s kind of like my mentor,” Lopes said. “He guides me through my decisions and helps me with what I’m doing, not only on the track, but off track so he’s really good in that part for me.”

The guidance has worked. So far in 2023, Lopes sits fifth in the standings, just one point behind Mitchell Oldenburg. He’s achieved that on the strength of a pair of top-fives and two sixth-place results in five rounds. His one bad weekend came in the Anaheim Triple Crown format race when he finished 13th overall with an 11-9-18.

“[Phil] is not only a friend, a teammate now, but he also dates my sister so he’s my brother-in-law, so there’s that,” Lopes said. “We’re kind of the dynamic duo.”

Lopes, 23, has found a role model in Nicoletti, 34 at Club MX.

“I yell at him too,” Nicoletti said. “I think he kind of gets mad because I remind him of his dad sometimes, but I think Enzo can be a championship guy, a one in three guy, but until he gets that mentality to where he wants to really dig for it and suffer for it – if you don’t grind now and put in the next six years, all that sacrifice you did as a kid is kind of worthless.”

The next accomplishment for Lopes is to stand on the podium. He’s come close in two races this year with fourth-place finishes in San Diego in Week 2 and in the most recent round at Seattle. With three races in Glendale under the Triple Crown format, he has a great opportunity this week.

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.