Nitro Rallycross becomes Nitrocross, releases 2023-2024 calendar

Nitrocross 2023-2024 calendar

Travis Pastrana’s Nitro Rallycross has rebranded to become Nitrocross with the release of a 2023-2024 calendar featuring 10 rounds.

Nitrocross will head north of the border to Calgary once more in 2024. –

“I love rallycross, with its action-packed sprint racing and door-to-door action,” series creator Pastrana said in a press release. “That core hasn’t changed. But we can’t be relegated to the rules historically in place for rallycross. The Nitro Circus full-send mentality is also a big part of our DNA. We wanted to make sure that attitude came through loud and clear.”

The 10-round schedule will include six locations with doubleheaders in four of the venues.

The series begins at MidAmerica Outdoors in Jay, Oklahoma on June 16-17, marking the first time the series will visit that motorsports park. This track features 150-feet elevation changes, tight S turns and a series of jumps reminiscent of a roller coaster.

From there, the series heads to Salt Lake City, Utah on August 18-19 at Utah Motorsports Campus for Rounds 2 and 3. The series debuted on this track for a one-off event five years ago. Drivers will be challenged there by a gap-jump of more than 100 feet.

Rounds 4 and 5 will be held at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park in Phoenix, Arizona on November 10-11. Pastrana and series champion Robin Larsson won there last year.

Glen Helen Raceway in San Bernadino, California will host Rounds 6 and 7. The series will race on this iconic track December 9-10, but even though they will be able to avoid the snow and ice covering much of the country, they will not be able to get away from it entirely.

Round 8 is scheduled for a return to Calgary, Alberta and the Stampede Park on February 2-3, 2024.

Last year, attendance at both Wild Horse Pass and Glen Helen surged by more than 30 percent from Nitro’s 2021 inaugural visits as Calgary welcomed more than 20,000 fans.

Rounds 9 and 10 will close out the schedule at a location that will be announced later either late February or early March.

“We are looking for nothing less than to raise the bar of our events,” Pastrana said. “We need custom-built tracks and better entertainment at the venues. We want Nitrocross to be exciting for the competitors and for fans around the world. We are going to have the highest-flying series on earth, and I can’t wait to see what happens.”

Nitrocross expects to draw elite drivers from other sports, just as they have in past seasons. Last year Chase Elliott, Austin Cindric and Jenson Button made guest appearances in the series.

Six drivers stood on the top box of the podium last season in a championship battle that was not decided until the final day. In the end, Larsson beat Andreas Bakkerud by winning the season finale.

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.