Here’s news we didn’t expect to see. SmarTop/MotoConcepts/Honda has announced that Cameron McAdoo, a rookie in the 2017 Monster Energy Supercross Series, will leave the team on good terms to join GEICO Honda for the remainder of the 2017 race season and all of 2018. McAdoo’s signing to MCR was big news last season, as he completed his amateur career with Mike Genova’s privately owned squad and claimed the Amateur All-Stars overall victory at the 2016 Monster Energy Cup.
McAdoo has ridden well through the first rounds of the 2017 season with a fifteenth place finish at Minneapolis, a thirteenth place finish in Atlanta, and a ninth place finish in Toronto, but sat out Daytona due to a severely cut hand. Per the press release from MotoConcepts, McAdoo will sit out this weekend’s event at Indianapolis and will begin testing with the GEICO Honda team for a debut at the 2017 Detroit SX.
GEICO Honda’s lineup has been slammed with injuries through the 2017 season, as East Coast contenders RJ Hampshire is out with a broken arm and Chase Sexton will miss an undetermined amount of time due to a broken femur.
The press release from MotoConcepts is posted in full below…
Spokane, Wash (Mar. 15, 2017) – Team Smartop MotoConcepts Racing is pleased to announce the release of Monster Energy Cup 250cc Amateur All-Stars winner and Eastern Regional 250SX rider Cameron McAdoo to team Factory Connection/GEICO Honda for the remainder of the 2017 SX series, 2017 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross series as well as the 2018 season for both series.
"While we would have loved to have had Cameron finish out the series with MCR, the opportunity to secure a ride for the upcoming motocross series as well as a guaranteed spot on the Factory Connection/GEICO Honda team for the 2018 Supercross and motocross series was an opportunity for Cameron that was too great for us to stand in the way of," said MCR team owner Mike Genova. "MCR is proud of what we've done to help Cameron get to this point in his career and are honored to structure a deal that allowed Cameron to be part of the elite Factory Connection/GEICO Honda team."
“Factory Connection Racing is very pleased we were able to work this out with MotoConcepts Racing. It’s definitely unusual for a contracted rider to switch teams within a series. However, MotoConcepts placed Cameron’s best interests first and made it happen. Our team is looking forward to Cameron’s debut at Detroit,” said Factory Connection Racing team owner Jeff Majkrzak.
McAdoo's pro debut netted a 15th place finish followed by a 13th place finish in Atlanta and 9th place finish in Toronto. Heading into the Daytona race McAdoo was ranked 12th but was forced to sit out due to an injury sustained during a practice session the week prior to the event.
McAdoo is scheduled to begin testing on his Factory Connection/GEICO Honda CRF250 early next week to prepare for his return in Detroit.