Following his first career podium finish as a professional, at the double-stacked-with-talent Dave Coombs Sr. East-West Showdown in Las Vegas, Cameron McAdoo finally got a job. As a bus driver. For Christian Craig. McAdoo was out of work as a racer, his GEICO Honda deal expiring after supercross. The team let McAdoo keep a bike so he could continue riding during the week and do training motos with Craig. They were essentially helping him prepare to race against them, because surely McAdoo would get a replacement call from someone else. The beleaguered Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull KTM team made that call, put him on a bike for High Point, and he delivered seventh overall.
The next week, the heat got the best of McAdoo in Florida, Craig was embroiled in anti-doping test drama, TLD moved an amateur up to the pros early while watching its top riders gaze longingly at other teams, and one of the few riders with a multi-year deal was racing through the Epstein-Barr virus to keep his job secure.
Welcome to the 250s.