KTM’s Kailub Russell Wins Round 3 of OMA Nationals

FMF/KTM's Kailub Russell
FMF/KTM's Kailub Russell
FMF/KTM’s Kailub Russell

2013 OMA Nationals

When the OMA Nationals got underway this past February in Tuscumbia, Ala., the battle between Factory FMF/KTM’s Kailub Russell and Factory Husaberg’s Russell Bobbitt came down to the wire.

But Bobbitt would take the win, just as he did at round two in April at Dawson Creek in Kentucky.

Things changed at round three of the series this past weekend in Bedford, Indiana. Bobbitt would have to settle for third, finishing behind Yamaha’s Paul Whibley and the winner, Russell.

It was a tough win for Russell, who was dead last heading into the first corner. But as the race became more technical, Russell jumped to the front, eventually settling into second place after a hill climb section.

Kailub Russell (Factory FMF/KTM) says: “In one way, I guess I was lucky I was in last place as we got to the hillside because I could see where everyone had crashed. I was then able to take a better line up the hill which allowed me to move up to second position by the top of the hill.”

“Once there were some good lines in the course it became easier to not make mistakes and those of us in the top three were able to pull away.”

Near the halfway point then-leader Whibley stopped for fuel, giving Russell the lead. He would go on to win the race by over 40 seconds ahead of Whibley, with Bobbitt taking third.

The next round of the 2013 OMA Nationals will occur May 26 in Fort Smith, Ark.

2013 Indian OMA Nationals, Round 3 Results:

  1. Kailub Russell – KTM
  2. Paul Whibley – Yamaha
  3. Russell Bobbitt – Husaberg
  4. Jordan Ashburn – Yamaha
  5. Nick Fahringer – Husaberg