When the 2019 season begins, it will appear like Cameron McAdoo never left the GEICO Honda team, because he's back on the squad he rode for in 2018, filling in for the now-injured Chase Sexton.
Sexton hurt his collarbone in a mountain bike crash and will now switch from 250SX West Region to 250SX East Region, giving him time to recover. McAdoo will join RJ Hampshire on a GEICO Honda CRF250R in the West.
GEICO Honda will have Sexton, Christian Craig, and Hunter Lawrence racing 250SX East.
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East coast baby!!! Pumped to be racing in the rutted and soft conditions with I think will suit me! Yes, I had a little accident on my mountain bike while training but it’s not going to hiccup my training/ preparation for east coast at all so don’t worry!! I’ll be ready to win come time to race ? @fchonda @cudby photo ?
"It's awesome," said McAdoo when we called him this morning. "That's always been the goal for my career, to get to and stay at the factory level."
McAdoo was planning to race 250SX East, and was rumored to be working with ClubMX/Traders Racing, but he says he's ready to race come January.
"Honesty I feel so ready right now," he said. "We've been pounding out long motos all November and December, and I've done all of these international races also. It won't be a problem racing West."
McAdoo does want to send out thanks to the Trader's Team and all the work they put in with him down at ClubMX. He also rode a Trader's Yamaha in Geneva and said the team helped him a bunch with suspension and such.
"I want to thank those guys for the help they gave me," he said of Trader's Yamaha. "It's a good group of people and we were definitely putting in the work."
McAdoo had just completed his week of training at ClubMX in South Carolina and was headed to the airport to visit his Iowa home for Christmas when he got a call from the GEICO Honda team. He'll head to California after the holiday to test the Honda. His GEICO deal is for supercross only.
"I raced Hondas at most of the international races and I was really only not on one for about three weeks, so it won't be too tough of an adjustment," he said. "The team still has my settings from last year, and Chase [Sexton] and Christian [Craig] are pretty similar to me in their build and setups and things like that."
Sexton will return to competition when 250SX East kicks off February 9 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.