Press release | July 20, 2021
Kailub Russell walks away from the AMA Pro Motocross Championship. Kailub Russell says he’s ending his run in Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross. The eight-time GNCC champion, who recently announced his retirement from off-road racing, wanted to fulfill his dream of riding motocross at the highest level at this year’s Outdoor Pro Motocross Championship. KTM gave the long-time member of the Orange squad the chance, but an injury during training for the start of the series ultimately derailed that dream. He missed the first few heats, but mostly struggled since joining the championship in the three-race 250MX class. After another tough race at Spring Creek, Russell says he’s stepping away from the MX.
“It’s not forced upon me, it’s my ultimate decision here,” said Russell. “I’m really grateful for this opportunity, but I’ve had a tough year – I broke my jaw at the start of the year, and I just don’t have it anymore. Mentally, I’m not defeated, but thought I could come back and be the same runner I was a few years ago, but I’m just riding shy and scared. I just fight every weekend and that’s not what the fans deserve to see from me or what the team deserve to take away from me. It is a difficult task, but the professional career is over.
Ian Harrison, Red Bull KTM Factory Racing Team Manager, said: “The entire Red Bull KTM team have the utmost respect for Kailub and everything he has accomplished throughout his distinguished career. off-road racing. It’s unfortunate that he had a somewhat difficult start to the motocross season, but it was a pleasure to be able to give Kailub this opportunity to live out his childhood dream and race at the highest level of professional motocross in the States. United »CN
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