Cameron McAdoo will miss Glendale with shoulder injury, further depleting Pro Circuit Kawasaki


Pro Circuit Kawasaki rider Cameron McAdoo will miss the Glendale Monster Energy Triple Crown race this weekend with a shoulder injury.

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Cameron McAdoo scored his fourth podium of 2023 in Seattle. – Feld Motor Sports

“Not the news I wanted to share with you guys today,” McAdoo posted on Instagram earlier this week. “On Monday, due to circumstances out of all of our control, I crashed and hurt my shoulder resulting in a dislocation and torn Labrum. I am going in for surgery this morning.

“I’m extremely bummed not to be able to do battle with my team for the next few months. I’ll be right back to work getting ready for more as soon as I can – and of course, I’ll keep you guys updated on my progress.”

Currently third in the 250 West points’ standings, McAdoo trails Jett Lawrence by 26 but is only three behind RJ Hampshire in second. No timeline has been set for his return, but even missing one of the final four rounds should effectively end his hopes for the championship.

McAdoo weathered a hard crash in Anaheim 2 earlier this season, but he was able to remount and ultimately claim the sixth in the overall standings. The other four races for McAdoo in 2023 have been third-place showings.

In his most recent race in Seattle, McAdoo crashed with Lawrence.

McAdoo’s practice accident that leaves him sidelined is the latest in a string of injuries that has decimated Pro Circuit Kawasaki in 2023. Widely considered to be one of Lawrence’s main challengers in the 250 West series, Austin Forkner crashed in the 250 West season opener in Anaheim, suffering a knee injury that forced him to withdraw from the 2023 season.

Prior to the 250 East opener, Seth Hammaker injured his wrist and was forced to the sidelines. Two days later, Jo Shimoda also crashed in practice, injured his shoulder and underwent surgery. He has not returned.

Pro Circuit Kawasaki’s Jett Reynolds failed to start the season because of injury and Ryder DiFrancesco, scheduled to ride in Supercross Futures, had his start delayed with surgery to his thumb. DiFrancesco is scheduled to make his first Futures race this weekend in Glendale.

Carson Mumford was announced as the replacement rider for Forkner, but has made only one start this season after recovering from an injury. He finished eighth in Seattle.

In the 450 class, Adam Cianciarulo missed two weeks with wrist injury.

Beta Motorcycles joins SuperMotocross in 2024, Benny Bloss named first factory rider

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Benny Bloss will race for the factory Beta Motorcycles team in 2024 as that manufacturer joins SuperMotocross as the ninth brand to compete in the series. Beta Motorcycles will make their debut in the Monster Energy Supercross opener at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, California in January.

Benny Bloss finished among the top 10 twice in Pro Motocross, in 2016 and 2018. – Beta Motorcycles

“The wait is over and we can finally share everything we have been working towards,” said Carlen Gardner, Race Team Manager in a press release. “It has been a great experience being a part of this development and seeing the progression. The only missing part was finding a rider that would mesh well with our Beta Family.

“After a one phone call with Benny, we knew it would be a good fit for him, and for us. We are happy to have him on board for the next two years and can’t wait to see everyone at Anaheim in January.”

Bloss debuted in the 450 class in 2015 with a 15th-place finish overall at Ironman Raceway in Crawfordsville, Indiana.

Bloss has a pair of top-10 rankings in the division with a sixth-place finish in the Pro Motocross Championship in 2016 and a seventh in 2018. His best Supercross season ended 15th in the standings in 2018.

“I’m extremely excited to join the Beta Factory Racing team,” Bloss said. “It’s cool to see a brand with such a rich history in off-road racing to come into the US Supercross and Motocross space. I know this team will be capable of great things as we build and go racing in 2024.”

Bloss is currently 22nd in the SuperMotocross rankings and has not raced in the first two rounds of the Motocross season.

Testing for Beta Motorcycles is scheduled to begin in August and the team expects to announce a second rider at that time.

The family-owned brand adds to the international flare of the sport. The company was founded in Florence, Italy in 1905 as Società Giuseppe Bianchi as they built handmade bicycles, The transition to motorcycle production in the late 1940s.

Beta Motorcycles competed and won in motocross competition in the late 1970s and early 1980s with Jim Pomeroy and other riders.

Beta will join Triumph Motorcycles as a second historic brand to join the sport in 2024. First established in 1902, Triumph has won in nearly every division they have competed in, dating back to their first victory in the 1908 Isle of Man TT. Triumph will debut in the 250 class in 2024 and plans to expand into 450s in 2025.