When Kailub Russell announced he would retire from Grand National Cross Country racing, potentially on top, it seemed shocking. I’d watched this happen before, when Ryan Villopoto attempted to quit after collecting four straight Monster Energy Supercross Championships. RV would lead all 20 laps of a supercross main, even while hating it. One time in Houston, after he had dominated again, I tried to get Ryan to name one thing that still kept him motivated. He couldn’t really find an answer. He told me he’d appreciate me not really sharing that. He at least understood that no one else could understand his situation.
Fans were rooting for him and putting the entire off-road world on his shoulders. That added pressure at the exact time when he was trying to get away from it.
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