Beta Announces 2012 Race Team
American Beta is proud to announce their race team plans for the 2012 season. 2011 proved to be very rewarding for the Italian-based manufacturer and this year is looking to be even more exciting.
Returning to the team for 2012 are both Chris Bach and Cody Webb. Bach will be riding a 450 RR Factory edition in the GNCC XC1 Pro class with extra support from WMR Competition Performance and will also be contesting in the AMA/Rekluse National Enduro series for 2012. Cody Webb will compete in the AMA/Geico Endurocross series including the ESPN X Games. Webb will also contest in select extreme enduros including Hell’s Gate and the 2012 Tennessee Knockout.
A new addition to the Beta Endurocross team is current Open Amateur Champion Max Gerston from Scottsdale, Arizona. Gerston will be riding a 350 RR. Also returning to the Beta squad is 17 year old Justin Sode racing the A class in all GNCC events as well as the National Enduros. Rounding out the team is Clay Davies from Fillmore, Utah competing in the AMA National Hare & Hound series aboard his 450 RR.
New to the American race program is the addition of Stillwell Performance. Alan Stillwell will manage Beta’s Endurocross team as well as help in the development of the Beta Amateur team for off road including GNCC, Enduro, Hare & Hound, Hare Scrambles, and Endurocross events. Amateur racers can email their resumes to [email protected] . Stillwell Performance has put together special support packages for racers.
Alan Stillwell explains, “I’m very excited to be managing the Beta Factory Racing program for X Games and EnduroCross this season. Beta is aggressively expanding their racing efforts and the 350RR has incredible off road potential. I watched the bike closely this past season and was very impressed. We will be testing extensively with Cody Webb in preparation for the season opener on May 4th in Las Vegas. Cody set the fastest hot lap time at the final race and finished the season with a strong 5th overall in points. Together we are looking forward to putting the Beta 350RR on the top of the podium this year! The Beta Amateur Support Program is a great way for aspiring riders to race a fully dialed in RR model and take advantage of the Factory Team’s testing and setup. Support riders will be able to purchase bikes and parts at a discount and also buy Factory Team motor and suspension setups. Through the company’s unique “Build Your Own Beta” program riders can pre select their options and have suspension dialed in for their specifics-all prior to delivery. It’s the closest thing to a factory bike you can get!”
Beta’s 2012 World Enduro team has signed Finnish rider Marko Tarkkala to team up with current Beta rider Oscar Balletti. Both riders will compete in the World Enduro Championship in the E3 and E2 class respectively. The team will be managed by Fabrizio Dini. Also continuing is the Boano Team of Deny Philippaerts on a 450 RR.
In Mototrial, (formerly known as Observed Trials) Cody Webb returns to the team ready to earn the title back that eluded him in 2011. Webb will be contesting the AMA Mototrial series aboard his factory-prepped Evo 300 in the elite Pro class. Also returning to the team is 7-time Expert champion Ray Peters riding the Beta Evo 300 4-stroke. Rounding out the factory supported team is 2011 High School class champion Nick Fonzi. “The Fonz” will move up to the ultra competitive Expert class for 2012.
Team Manager Ron Lee of RL Racing explains, “2012 looks to be another exciting year for Team Beta at the Moto Trials Nationals! Cody Webb in Pro and Ray Peters in Expert class going after the #1 plates that slipped away last year. Nick Fonzi, after winning the High School class in 2011, is moving up to the Expert class- another contender for Team Beta. I’m looking forward to another awesome year of supporting all the Beta riders at the Nationals. I would like to thank our trial team sponsors Dunlop, Kal-Gard, Jitsie, and Matrix Concepts for their support.”
For the World Trail indoor and outdoor championships, Beta has brought back Spanish trial ace Jeroni Fajardo. Riding a factory Evo 300 2 stroke, Fajardo could be a serious threat for 5-time champion Toni Bou. Also returning to the team is James Dabill from England who finished the 2011 outdoor season in 8th place. The team will be managed by former world trial competitor Donato Miglio. English rider Jack Challoner will ride for the Top Trial Team in all World Championship events as well, making for a very strong team in 2012.
2012 Beta Team (USA):
- Chris Bach – 450 RR – GNCC and AMA National Enduro (Pro)
- Cody Webb – 350 RR & Evo 300 Factory – Geico Endurocross and AMA Mototrial (Pro)
- Justin Sode – 350 RR – GNCC and AMA National Enduro (Open A Class)
- Clay Davies – 450 RR – AMA National Hare and Hound (Pro)
- Max Gerston – 350 RR – Geico Endurocross (Open Amateur)
- Ray Peters – Evo 300 4-Stroke – AMA Mototrial (Expert)
- Nick Fonzi – Evo 250 – AMA Mototrial (Expert)
2012 Beta Team (Europe):
- Marko Tarkkala – 498 RR – World Enduro Championship
- OIscar Balletti – 450 RR – World Enduro Championship
- Deny Philippaerts – 450 RR – World Enduro Championship (Boano Team)
- Jeroni Fajardo – Evo 300 Factory – World Trial Championship
- James Dabill – Evo 300 Factory – World Trial Championship
- Jack Challoner – Evo 300 Factory – World Trial Championship (Top Trial Team)
American Beta is the sole US importer of high quality Beta motorcycles. Beta motorcycles are handcrafted in Florence, Italy offering a complete range of Off Road competition, Dual Sport as well as class-leading Mototrial motorcycles.
For more information go to www.americanbeta.com