Kailub Russell To Red Bull KTM For Last Three Rounds Of 2018 Motocross Series
Red Bull KTM has announced that multi-time GNCC champion and current XC1 Open Pro points leader Kailub Russell will join the factory motocross team for the final three rounds of the 2018 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship. This news comes as the GNCC series is on a summer break between rounds and the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship winds down. For Red Bull KTM, this will be the first time that the team has two bikes on the track in the 450 class, as they have left the second spot on the team vacant since Broc Tickle’s termination.
Russell has connections to the motocross side of KTM as he trains under Aldon Baker in Florida and spends lots of time alongside the team. Russell will be aboard a full factory KTM 450 SX-F race bike for all three rounds and will have Jade Dungey as a mechanic.
The press release on Russell’s move is posted in full below and includes quotes from MX Team Manager Roger DeCoster and Off-Road Team Manager Antti Kallonen.
KTM Motorsports announced today that FMF KTM Factory Racing's Kailub Russell will join the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing Team as a fill-in rider for the last three rounds of the 2018 AMA Pro Motocross Championship. The five-time GNCC National Champion will compete in the 450MX class aboard a KTM 450 SX-F FACTORY EDITION, beginning on Aug. 11 with the Unadilla National in New Berlin, New York and racing through the Ironman National season finale on Aug. 25.
Russell, who currently leads the GNCC XC1 Open Pro Championship by 54 points, will continue to vie for his sixth-consecutive title this fall when the cross-country racing series resumes from a two-month summer break on Sept. 16. In the meantime, Russell has been hard at work training and riding in Florida at the Baker's Factory with some of the world's most elite motocross athletes. With a break in the offroad schedule, Russell jumped at the well-timed opportunity to try his hand in the Pro Motocross Championship with full support from the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing Team. Russell's mechanic will be Jade Dungey for the last three rounds.
Kailub Russell: "I’m really excited to have an opportunity to ride under Roger De Coster's team. It’s been a goal of mine to compete in AMA Pro Motocross for a long time and I hope I can put in some solid performances!"
Roger De Coster: "As a multi-time offroad champion, I have a lot of respect for Kailub and his racing accomplishments. It's been his dream to race a professional motocross event and it just so happens that we have an extra race bike prepared so it makes sense to take advantage of his open schedule and see what he can do at the last three rounds."
Antti Kallonen, FMF KTM Factory Racing Team Manager: "Our expectation for Kailub is just to have fun, qualify for the motos and gain experience. Obviously, the main focus is going after his sixth GNCC National Championship but we're excited for him to have the opportunity to do something that he's been wanting to do for many years."
Aldon Baker: "Kailub is a very talented athlete and his skills on the motorcycle are very diverse. He's been putting in a lot of work with the guys at here at the Baker's Factory and obviously showing great speed and fitness so we're looking forward to seeing him out there for the last three rounds."