Ben Watson to Beta Confirmed

The MRT Racing team, which made its debut in the Motocross World Championship ten years ago, led by Elio Marchetti, a former racing driver already known in the world of two wheels for having managed the 747 Motorsport Team in the Supermoto World Championship, will participate in the FIM Motocross World Championship in the MXGP class.

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It is with all-Italian pride that we can announce that our MRT Racing team from next year, 2023, will wear the colours of the manufacturer Betamotor SpA, bringing the Beta RX 450 to the race in the MXGP World Championship.

Betamotor, born in 1905 and always a protagonist in competitions, multi-champion in enduro and trial, returned to motocross in 2021 reviving a past that is part of its DNA, and facing the challenge of the major world manufacturers in the top category, the MXGP. Always present at the Motocross World Championship for eleven years, the team led by Elio Marchetti has grown as a satellite-KTM team, with particular attention to young talents to grow, and has made its debut in the World Championship with riders such as Tim Gajser, Pauls Jonass and Valerio Lata.

The 85cc World titles arrived with Lata himself (in 2019), European EMX125 in 2021, and again in 2021 with Alessandro Lupino (in the blue team with Antonio Cairoli and Mattia Guadagnini) in Italy’s memorable victory in the Motocross of Nations. 

Next season, with the new Beta RX 450, the Italian Alessandro Lupino and the Englishman Ben Watson will take to the track in the top category of the Italian Motocross Internationals (debut on February 12 in Ponte a Egola in Tuscany) and in the MXGP World Championship which will start in Argentina on the weekend of March 12th. 

“Becoming part of the BETA ‘world’ is a source of great satisfaction for us – the words of Elio Marchetti – but above all a further boost to our passion for motocross. Not an arrival point but a starting point: a large Italian company, an Italian team for a difficult and demanding challenge that we are ready to face with the utmost determination and absolute dedication.”

MX Vice | Editor