The Unadilla National ended up being the best and worst scenario for five-time and defending Amsoil Grand National Cross Country Champion Kailub Russell. His Lucas Oil Pro Motocross debut included highs like running third for a few laps of the first moto, getting a good start in moto two, and getting right in the mix with the lead group. Then it turned sour—first when he got hit by Justin Barcia, which resulted in a crash and a broken brake pedal. Later in the race, Russell crashed out altogether. Today, in a text message, Russell told us he's too banged up and sore to get his normal laps in during the week, so he will not ride either this weekend at Budds Creek or at next weekend's Ironman National.
Kailub said the injury is not that serious, and if he had to race a GNCC this weekend, he'd on the starting line. Because he's relatively new to the motocross game, he only wants to race if he has the proper preparation. He also said that hanging onto a factory 450 motocross bike takes a whole lot of strength.
"Don't want to go out there on a factory bike and not ride to my potential," he added in his text.
Russell will return to GNCC Racing at the Parts Unlimited Black Sky GNCC in New York on September 16. He holds a 54-point lead over Thad Duvall with four races remaining.
For Russell's post-race thoughts from Unadilla, check out our 450 Words feature from earlier this week.