Big news took the industry by storm today–as KTM North America’s full factory racing team (Factory Red Bull KTM) announced the signing of current GNCC points leader and champion Kailub Russell to compete in the final three rounds of the 2018 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship starting next weekend Saturday, Aug. 11, with the Unadilla National in New Berlin, New York.

This was posted on Kailub’s Instagram late this afternoon.

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 DeCoster: “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.”