Eight-Time GNCC Champion Kailub Russell Set to Race Pro Motocross with Red Bull KTM

Another day and more breaking news coming across Slaw’s piping hot stove desk. Slaw ain’t breaking anything here, but the news is still rather big.

It’s been rumored for a long time that eight-time GNCC Champion Kailub Russell had his eyes set on racing a full season of Lucas Oil Pro Motocross after retiring from the woods after last year, in which his won his eighth title.

You may or may not remember, but Russell raced Unadilla in 2018 in the 450 Class and under insane rainy conditions finished sixth in the first moto. He was running inside the top five in moto two when Justin Barcia got out of shape and careened into Russell, knocking him down and busting his brake lever. Later, Russell crashed out of the race altogether.

Anyway, that’s old news, doggies. Yesterday, Racer X broke the news that Russell will be joining the Red Bull Factory KTM 250 team alongside Max Vohland for the entire Pro Motocross season.

“He was with the KTM group, he talked to his team manager Anti [Kallonen] about racing the nationals. They came and talked to us and we’re like, “Hey, it’s 12 rounds,” and John said, “Hey, this guy has been so special to our company, he’s done so much for us, it would be awesome to give back.” So that’s what we ended up doing and we’ll see how it goes! It’s going to be exciting,” team manager Ian Harrison told Racer X.

Go read the entire interview over there, it’s good.

With a full season of preparation, it will be interesting to see how Russell will do. What you think, doggies? Leave a comment below.

Main image: KTM Images/Simon Cudby

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