MURRIETA, CA – July 21, 2021 – (Motor Sports NewsWire) – Multi-time offroad champion, Kailub Russell, has announced his decision to step away from the AMA Pro Motocross Championship after four rounds of racing with the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing Team.
Fulfilling a lifelong dream of racing motocross, the recently retired eight-time GNCC National Champion enlisted with the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing Team in 2021 with plans to compete in the full 250MX series aboard the KTM 250 SX-F before suffering a broken jaw in a pre-season practice crash. Delaying his debut until Round 3, Russell came out strong with a season-best moto-finish of 15th at the High Point National and from there he fought through a host of challenges that ultimately brought him to the tough decision to step away.
With his head held high, the highly decorated and very versatile offroad champion is closing the next chapter in his professional racing career with yet another impressive accomplishment of racing alongside the best in the sport of AMA Pro Motocross. KTM North America, Inc. would like to congratulate Kailub on an incredible all-around racing career and thank him for more than a decade of thrilling race moments.
Kailub Russell: “This isn’t being forced upon me, it’s my ultimate decision here. I’m really thankful for this opportunity but I’ve had a tough year going – I broke my jaw at the beginning of the year and I just don’t have it anymore. Mentally, I’m not defeated but I thought I could come back and be that same racer I was a few years ago, but I’m just riding timid and scared. I’m just struggling every weekend and that’s not what the fans deserve to see of me or what the team deserves to get out of me. It’s a tough go, but the professional career has come to a close.”
Ian Harrison, Red Bull KTM Factory Racing Team Manager: “The entire Red Bull KTM Team has the utmost respect for Kailub and everything that he has accomplished throughout his successful offroad racing career. It’s unfortunate that he had a bit of a rough start to the motocross season but it’s been 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 U.S.”
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Source: KTM North America, Inc.