Beta USA has confirmed seven riders to its factory team for 2016.
Beta USA has announced that it will provide full factory support to seven riders across the nation for the 2016 racing season.
Beta’s factory effort will give the brand representation in the AMSOIL Grand National Cross Country Series (GNCC), the AMA National Enduro Series, the GEICO AMA EnduroCross Series, the AMA West Coast Hare Scrambles Championship Series and the NATC/AMA National Trials series. The off-road team will be managed by Zack Huberty while 10-time NATC/AMA National Trials Champion Ray Peters will manage the trials team.
“[The year] 2016 is going to be an exciting year for Beta with strong talent in all of the major National series,” Huberty said. “Entering my second year with Beta certainly makes things a little easier. We have the best companies sponsoring our team and great personnel backing us all with the ultimate goal of winning championships.”
New Jersey native Jesse Groemm remains with Beta for 2016, and he will be gunning for his first career title in both the AMA National Enduro Series and in the XC2 class in GNCC. Groemm will race a specially prepared Beta 300 RR in the National Enduros and a Beta 250 RR in the GNCCs. Groemm is 100 percent healthy and ready for 2016.
New to the Beta USA factory effort is Groemm’s teammate, Tegan Temple from West Chester, Pennsylvania. Temple earned two GNCC XC2 podium finishes in 2015, and he hopes to be able to improve on his results with Beta factory support. Temple will compete aboard a Beta 250 RR in both the GNCC and AMA National Enduro series.
In the West, Kyle Redmond and Max Gerston will remain with Beta, riding factory 300 RRs built specifically for the GEICO AMA EnduroCross Series. Redmond will also contest the highly competitive AMA West Coast Hare Scrambles Championship Series while Gerston will do battle in the AMA National Enduro Series. Both riders may also compete in a few International extreme endure/hard enduro events as well.
Morgan Tanke and Ty Cullins are also returning to the Beta factory team for 2016, and will race in the West. Tanke finished fifth in the Women’s pro points standings in the GEICO AMA National EnduroCross Series last year, and she will return this year on her specially prepared Beta Xtrainer.
“My first year with Beta has been great and I look forward to another,” Tanke said. “I jumped on the Xtrainer mid-season and have been loving the new bike. I broke my arm two rounds into the season and have been working hard to get my results back where they need to be. Next year I will be racing the Xtrainer for the whole endurocross series and can’t wait to get it back on top of the box!”
Riverside, Callifornia’s Ty Cullins, 17, had a solid rookie year in the 2015 GEICO AMA National EnduroCross Series, making three main events and winning a heat race, and he, too, is looking for improved results in 2016. Cullins has sort of a dual role within the Beta factory team as he competes in the EnduroCross series and in the NATC/AMA National Trial Series, the latter aboard a Beta 300 EVO. Cullins will make the swtich from a Beta 300 RR to a Beta 250 RR for EnduroCross.
“This will be my fourth year riding the NATC National Trials Series for Beta and my second year on the factory EnduroCross team,” Cullins said. “I can’t thank everyone at Beta enough for all their support as I move through the ranks and I’m glad to be on the team again next year. I’m very excited for the 2016 season and for the changes that I’m making for next year.”
Rounding out the factory team, Andreas Niederer, an Austrian native who now calls Florida home, will compete in the 2016 NATC/AMA National Trial Series in the Expert class aboard a Beta Evo 300. Niederer finished fourth in the 2015 series points and plans to battle for the championship in 2016. Niederer will join teammate Ty Cullins in an all-out Expert Championship battle.
For more information on Beta motorcycles, visit www.betausa.com.