BRANDON HARTRANFT TO TLD KTM
Brandon Hartranft posted via instagram: “So happy to announce that I will be racing for @tld_raceteam in 2020! I’m beyond blessed for this opportunity and ready to kick things off this weekend @redbullstraightrhythym”
Brandon Hartranft came out of the amateur ranks as an underdog in 2018 when he turned Pro under the Cycle Trader Rock River Yamaha tent. Brandon was able to earn a spot on the team again for 2019 and he was able to finish 6th in the 250 East Coast Supercross series and 12th in the 250 AMA Outdoor National Championship. After earning impressive results in 2019 Brandon has earned a spot on the factory Troy Lee Designs Red Bull KTM team for 2020.
RJ HAMPSHIRE SIGNS TWO-YEAR DEAL WITH ROCKSTAR HUSQVARNA
Rj Hampshire signs a two-year deal with the Rockstar Husqvarna team. Click here to read our latest interview with Rj.
Rj Hampshire signed with the Geico Honda team in 2014 and joined the factory team for the final three rounds of the Pro Motocross series after the Loretta Lynn’s amateur national. Hampshire has spent his entire five and a half year professional MX/SX career with the Geico Honda team and going back even further he has ridden on a Honda for the last 10 years. Now for 2020 Rj has changed everything in hopes to advance his racing career to the next level. Not only will Rj have a completely new bike, new teammates and new mechanic but he has also sold his house and moved an hour away to live in Clermont, Florida to train with Aldon Baker and his Rockstar Husqvarna teammates at the Baker’s Factory. Rj has told MXA that he actually took a pay cut to switch from Geico Honda to Rockstar Husqvarna, but he is excited about the opportunity.
Here is Rj Hampshire during his first day on the Husqvarna FC250. Rj is pictured with no numbers here, but after earning a career number in the 2019 season, Rj has chosen to run the number 24 for the remainder of his professional career.
Rj Hampshire in his new team shirt.
Rj Hampshire’s Rockstar Husqvarna fit with his new career number.
SHANE MCELRATH JOINS STAR RACING YAMAHA
Star Racing Yamaha posted on Instagram: “We’re excited to announce that @shanemcelrath_ has joined the Monster Energy/Star Racing/Yamaha Team for 2020 and beyond. With multiple Supercross and National wins to his credit, McElrath is hoping to earn his first championship on blue!”
After seven years with the Troy Lee Designs Red Bull KTM team, Shane McElrath has announced his departure. Here Shane is pictured with Troy Lee himself.
Shane McElrath posted via Instagram: “Ask any wise man the importance of influence on the late teen and early 20’s age group. 7 years I’ve been alongside TLD as a team and as a brand, and the impact that all the people I’ve got to work alongside with leaves me forever grateful for that time. There are too many people to tag, and too many photos to choose from, but everyone on the team, everyone who works at TLD HQ as well as TLD global, man I love you guys. God has been so good to us and to get to work alongside you guys has shaped me as a young man, has shaped my career, as well as my future. There will always be a place in my heart for all of you guys and thank you for being a brand that never settles and always wants to provide “For the world’s fastest racers.” Peace and wheelies”
JORDON SMITH TO PRO CIRCUIT KAWASAKI
Jordon Smith posted via instagram: “I would like to take this opportunity to thank Troy, Tyler and everyone else involved with the Troy Lee Designs Red Bull KTM Race Team for their support the past three years. The Team took a chance on me three years ago and were behind me from the start. We put in countless hours testing, training and striving to succeed, but always having a good time. If it wasn’t making golf bets it was pulling crazy pranks on each other. They believed in me from day one and we worked well together! We were close to winning a championship in 2017 and finished a close 2nd in 2018. Things didn’t go our way in 2019, as I was plagued with injuries. I will never forget the great memories I’ve made with this crew, from my first Supercross win in 2017, backing it up the next weekend for my second Supercross win. We followed that up in 2018 with a win at the prestigious Daytona Supercross, and really thought we were on the way to the 2018 championship. It’s been a great three years and I wouldn’t trade it for anything. THANKS TEAM—and good luck in the future.”
MONSTER ENERGY PRO CIRCUIT KAWASAKI ANNOUNCES 2020 LINE UP
The Pro Circuit Kawasaki team announced their 2020 line up on instagram: “Take a look at @PCRaceTeam for 2020! @AustinForkner and @Gmarchbanks36 return with newcomers @cameronmcadoo and Jordon Smith @smitty__54 joining the crew! It’s going to be a good year!”
CAMERON MCADOO ANNOUNCES HIS NEW DEAL WITH PRO CIRCUIT
Cameron McAdoo signs with the Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki team.
Cameron said via instagram: “Proud to announce that I will be racing for @pcraceteam during the 2020 SX/MX season! Super stoked to get to work with this group of people. Let’s go!!! #29”
Coming into the 2019 season Cameron McAdoo didn’t have a ride. After riding for the Gieco Honda team in previously, Cameron was left out of the 2019 roster when Hunter Lawrence joined the team. Then after multiple Geico riders were injured coming into the 2019 Supercross season, Cameron got a call from his old team to fill in. He ended up finishing out the 250 West Coast series with the team but he was back to square one when the Outdoor season started. Although he finished on the podium at the Las Vegas East/West shootout, the Geico Honda tent was full again and they wouldn’t have room for McAdoo to race the Pro Motocross series. After missing the first three rounds, Cameron found another fill-in ride with the Troy Lee Designs Red Bull KTM team. After scoring impressive results during Outdoors many thought that McAdoo would earn a ride with the KTM team for 2020, but instead he has made the switch to the Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki team.
Cameron McAdoo’s new ride for 2020.
Mitchell Oldenburg announced via instagram that he will not be with the Star Racing Yamaha team in 2020 and that he is headed to Australia to ride for the Penrite Honda team in the Australian Supercross season which begins October 12th in Brisbane.
The 2019 Australian Supercross season is only five rounds long and it ends November 30th in at the Aus X Open in Melbourne. So Mitchell will have plenty of time to come back to the States and get ready for the American Supercross season. At this moment Mitchell hasn’t announced his plans for 2020.
Mitchell posted on instagram his gratitude for the time he spent at Star Racing Yamaha:“Extremely grateful for the opportunity I was given at @starracingyamaha. Unfortunately I won’t be riding for the team next year but I am truly thankful for the whole entire teams hard work and belief in me! It wasn’t the best 2 years, but the team never gave up on me and gave me every opportunity to do my best! THANK YOU! @brad81mx @wilhahn_@whosaidbeer @swanie387@dhoppanonomous @coker_j”