MPG / DAILY BREAD / JANUARY 17, 2017
Words / Image: Lake Kilpatrick
Cameron McAdoo wrapped up his Road to Supercross journey in Grand Rapids this past weekend by way of two fifth place finishes in the AX class. The MotoConcepts rookie showed his speed and racecraft during the first two rounds of the 2017 AMSOIL AX series as he finished inside the top ten in all four of the main events that he contested. The Iowa native will be making his Monster Energy SX debut when the series heads east in return to Minneapolis, a stateline away from his homeland. McAdoo has been on a killer run of form since Loretta Lynn’s last year. He showed up to the Ranch shortly after breaking his humorous and fracturing a couple of ribs, but he managed to ride through the pain as he took a third overall in the overly competitive 250A class. The Club MX trained rider continued to turn heads at the Monster Energy Cup last October as he ripped both holeshots - winning himself a brand new truck - as well as taking the overall victory. He has shown his speed in practically every discipline of dirt bike racing and will be a force to be reckoned with when he moves up to the professional ranks in the 2017 season. We caught up with Cameron just before racing got underway at the Grand Rapids AX to talk about his expectations for 2017, how he’s liking his new Toyota Tundra, and what it’s like being the rookie on a team full of veterans.
So, you've got one full week under your belt in the AMSOIL AX series, what's your impression of the whole thing so far?
Umm, I think it’s pretty cool honestly. My first impression was that it was pretty wild, there was about eighty guys in each of my classes in Cincinnati. I didn’t really know what to expect comin’ in, but it’s been pretty fun. It’s intense. There’s really fast guys and these guys are definitely no joke at what they’re doing here, especially the top guys in the AX class; they’re the real deal, y’know.
Did the intensity kind of take some getting used to?
Y’know, not really. I obviously know a lot of people that have come through AX and stuff like that I ride with and what not...and I’ve watched it. I knew it was gonna be intense. It’s exciting, it’s really fun to race and it keeps you on your toes for sure.
You had a big win in the Amateur All Star class at the Monster Energy C in October, do you feel like that puts a target on your back coming into AX?
Yeah, it was awesome to win Monster Cup! I dunno if I necessarily have a target on my back, but I think some of the AX guys definitely wanna make it a little bit of a struggle for us amateur kids, or whoever, coming through to get their SX points. They kind of want to bully us around, but you can’t let it happen, y’know.
Not only did you win the overall, you grabbed both hole shots and won a brand new truck. Been putting that thing to good use?
Yeah, I’ve actually been putting a lot of miles on it, because I’ve been taking it to these AX’s. My Mom and I drove thirteen hours here this weekend. Yeah, she killed it! She drives the whole way, so it’s awesome. The things already got like five thousand miles on it, I think, so it’s ready for an oil change, haha.
It was a bit of an upgrade from the vehicle you had before…?
Yeah, I was driving a little old Ford Escape, just kind of beatin’ it around. I live at Club MX and we live on a sand road, so I saw no reason to really buy something brand new, but obviously I’m not gonna turn down a brand new truck, so it’s been awesome.
Obviously you don't want to put too much focus on AX since you're planning on racing East Coast SX, how do you balance prepping for the two? They're similar disciplines, but there's also a lot of big differences.
Yeah, I’ve been honestly kind of training mostly SX through it...y’know, on the weekdays and stuff, because that’s really what our main focus is. But, I’m definitely not here to just get my points, I wanna do well, too. I’m a racer and that’s how we do it. But, it’s completely different. Fifteen laps sounds like a lot, but in the snap of a finger you’re done with twenty to twenty-two second lap times; it’s go-go-go for maybe five to ten minutes and that’s it.
What sort of goals do you have set for yourself come Minnesota SX?
Honestly, my goals are to go in there and learn the most that I possibly can from it and make the least amount of mistakes. I want to get a good qualifying time, start my night off good, and just have a solid night all the way through. I’ve got really good people around me that are very experienced that I think I can take a lot from. I just wanna have a good, full series under my belt for my rookie season.
What's it like being the rookie on a team with so many experienced riders?
Yeah, it’s awesome! I’ve been training at Club for three years now and Brayton has been down there most of the time. Y’know, about a year and a half ago, even before the MotoConcepts thing came about for me - Brayton’s from Iowa and so am I - so he almost took me under his wing a little bit and took a liking to me. He’s been awesome to me with mentoring, and do’s and don’ts, helping with sponsors, and just anything he could before I even had a ride. I’m a rookie, y’know, so I’ve got so much to learn and he’s been doing it for fifteen years, I think, or something like that; he’s been awesome. It’s also great to have Mike Alessi out there, he’s training at Club as well and he helps a lot, too. So, it’s great having guys with a lot of experience.