Cameron McAdoo has just announced today on Instagram that he has signed a deal with Geico Honda for the rest of 2017 and 2018. McAdoo was a relatively unknown in amateurs and came out of nowhere and won the Amateur All Stars at the Monster Cup. He was planning on racing Supercross this year on Smartop/Motoconcepts. The team gracefully let him leave mid-season to gain an opportunity with the factory Honda team. He had gone 15-13-9 before injuring his hand and was forced to miss Daytona. It seems like he will make his debut with Geico Honda at Detroit.
My Opinion: This is a great opportunity for this rookie. It doesn’t surprise me that McAdoo is getting a factory ride in the 250 class, but it is surprising that this move came so early on in his professional career. Especially with him being under a contract for Supercross with the Motoconcepts team. It definitely is nice to see Mike Genova (team owner) gracefully let McAdoo go and get this chance of a lifetime.
Now the interesting part about this all is that Geico Honda already has 5 riders signed on. (Martin, Decotis, Craig, Hampshire and Sexton). The latter two are currently injured and so it makes sense for Geico to find a fill in rider, but this isn’t a fill in ride as he signed with the team for the remainder of 2017 and 2018. It seems to me that one of these riders will be left without a spot either in MX or at least 2018. Considering that Sexton is still super young and hasn’t even raced a single professional race, I am left wondering if Hampshire will have a ride for outdoors.
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