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.

Five-time GNCC National Champion Kailub Russell will compete in the 450MX class for the last three rounds of the 2018 AMA Pro Motocross Championship beginning on Aug 11 with the Unadilla National in New Berlin, New York.

Russell, who currently leads the GNCC XC1 Open Pro Championship by 54 points, will continue to vie for his sixth-consecutive title when the cross-country racing series resumes from a two-month American 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.

“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!” Russell said.

Roger DeCoster added, “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.”

The 2018 AMA Pro Motocross Championship resumes next Saturday, Aug. 11, with the Unadilla National in New Berlin, New York.