Justin Barcia (collarbone, shoulder), Jason Anderson (vertebrae) injury updates


Round 15 from Nashville proved costly for multiple riders including Justin Barcia and Jason Anderson, who took to Instagram during the week to update fans on their injury.

“It’s been a tough few days,” Barcia said on Instagram. “I had surgery on Monday on my collarbone. That’s feeling a lot better today. I ended up breaking two ribs and broke my right shoulder. The shoulder doesn’t need any surgery, so that’s great.

“I’m feeling a lot better today and the next few days are just going to get better and better and better. Hopefully I can start training again soon. Obviously, I’m off a dirt bike for a little bit, but I wanted to give a shout out to everyone this season. It was definitely for me my best mentally and physical Supercross season. Really enjoyed it; had a lot of fun. Definitely a bummer to go out this way. Things happen though; it’s motorcycles and I can’t wait to get back racing hard and stronger than ever.”

Barcia was not being hyperbolic about his great season. Heading into Nashville, he led the NBC Power Rankings on the strength of seven consecutive top-fives. He became the fourth different winner of the Supercross season the week previous at New Jersey and had expectations of contending again in Nashville. With Cooper Webb’s early departure after an accident in his heat in that round, Barcia also had a great opportunity to climb to third in the points’ standings.

Barcia was riding fourth at the time of his accident.

While the Supercross season has ended and it is uncertain when he will mount up for his first Lucas Oil Pro Motocross races, he is more than 200 points above 20th in SuperMotocross points and still has a great opportunity to qualify for the World Championships this fall.

Jason Anderson crashed hard in his heat at Nashville and was forced to make his way into the main by winning the Last Chance Qualifier. He finished sixth in the main, but once he got home, he realized something was wrong.

“So last weekend I had a crash in practice that I didn’t think it was too bad,” Anderson wrote. “After racing then practicing this week I felt like something was wrong. So after a CT scan it showed I have a non-displaced fracture at C5-C6 in my neck. Obviously that’s one of the things we fear the most as racers is a[n] injury in that area, but luckily where the fracture is my season is not over and I can come back to the races relatively soon.”

Anderson left Nashville sixth in the points’ standings on the strength of seven top-fives.

Injury to Barcia and Anderson thins the top of the running order, changing the complexion of the final two rounds in which Eli Tomac leads Chase Sexton by 18 points. Without these riders and their potential to place between themselves Sexton and the leader, should Tomac actually struggle at Denver or Salt Lake City, Tomac’s path to the championship has fewer potholes.

Other 2023 Injury News

450 riders
Cooper Webb, concussion
Aaron Plessinger
, hip
Christian Craig, elbow
Dylan Ferrandis, concussion | Will not return until Motocross
Marvin Musquin, wrist
Malcolm Stewart, knee

250 riders
Stilez Robertson, leg
Cameron McAdoo, shoulder
Jalek Swoll, arm
Seth Hammaker, arm and wrist
Austin Forkner, knee | Injury isn’t the hardest part
Jo Shimoda, collarbone | returned at Atlanta

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.