SAVE THE DATE - PRESENTATION OF THE 2023 DAKAR

THURSDAY 1 DECEMBER AT 11.30 AM (PARIS TIME)

N°29 Bike MONSTER ENERGY YAMAHA RALLY TEAM
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ANDREW SHORT

(usa) 1.78m / 71kg

Hobbies

Riding bikes (in the Colorado mountains)

Sponsors

Monster Energy, Yamaha, FLY racing

2021: Ab. Stage 2
2020: 10th
2019: 6th
2018: 17th

2021: Sonora Rally (Ab.), Rally Kazakhstan (5th), Silk Way Rally (8th), Morocco Rally (9th), Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge (13th)
2020: Andalucia Rally (13th)
2019: Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge (5th), Silk Way Rally (2nd), Atacama Rally (8th), Morocco Rally (1st), WORCS Series USA
2018: Merzouga Rally (10th), Atacama Rally (10th), Desafio Inca (3rd), Morocco Rally (7th)
2017: Sonora Rally (3rd), Morocco Rally (16th)
World Supercross: 2nd overall in 2006
American Supercross: 3rd overall in 2008 and 2009
American Motocross: 2nd in 2009
Motocross of Nations: 1st in 2010 (with Team USA)
Seattle Supercross: 1st in 2012
Paris-Bercy Supercross: 1st in 2004 and 2005

Interview

“You have to be on your game”

Like most of the Monster Energy Yamaha Rally Team, Andrew Short endured a frustrating Dakar 2021. On the second stage, the American was forced to abandon through no fault of his own, after being given the wrong kind of fuel and ending up with eight litres of water in his gas tank. As the rally wore on, his factory teammates Jamie McCanney, Franco Caimi, Ross Branch and Adrien Van Beveren all succumbed to engine failure, meaning none of them made it to the finish line in Jeddah. Short, who turned 39 at the end of November, is determined to enjoy a more successful run at Dakar 2022. After all, this is a man who managed to come 17th on his debut in 2018, despite fracturing his ankle with two days remaining. The following year, he showed he could rip it up with the big boys as he flew to sixth place, only three minutes behind the current reigning champion Kevin Benavides in fifth. Andrew then enjoyed a fantastic 2019 campaign, finishing second in the FIM Cross-Country Rallies World Championship after second place at the Silk Way Rally and victory in Morocco. He went to Dakar 2020 with hopes of fighting for the crown, but a series of crashes and mechanicals meant he had to be content with 10th overall. Andrew has been riding bikes practically his entire life, starting out on two wheels at the age of five and turning professional at 17. He enjoyed a successful 16-year career in motocross and supercross before switching to rally raid in 2017, and taking to the discipline like a duck to water. He lined up for his first Dakar with only two rallies under his belt, but still finished inside the top 20 for the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna team. He moved to Yamaha in March 2020, and is now quietly confident that the WR450F Rally bike is in a good place ahead of Dakar 2022. Andrew was a little off the pace at the recent Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge -admitting he wasn't comfortable taking big risks in the dunes so close to Dakar- but he is relishing the prospect of another spin around Saudi Arabia.

“I'm looking forward to Dakar. It's a long race and a lot can happen, you have to adapt. This year's race will be really challenging. I think we saw pretty much everyone in Morocco, and you could see how quickly the tables can turn. When there's more people in the field, there's more opportunity to make moves, but you can also lose more time. So you have to be on your game.
I'm back home in Texas now, we live out on a farm. My son never really cared for bikes until Covid happened, but now he loves to ride. It's something we can do together, to share time together, it's great for both of us. What happened at Dakar 2021 wasn't my fault. It was out of my hands. I did the best I could, it's unfortunate the way it was handled. After the event it actually helped, because I don't know if I would have finished anyway. Hopefully at Dakar 2022, we Yamaha riders can come out and have a good performance individually. It's also a chance to rebound and show that the team put a lot of work in on the bike this year. It has come a long way. You never know until the race happens, but our goal is to be as competitive as possible and just make it to the end.”

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MONSTER ENERGY YAMAHA RALLY TEAM

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MONSTER ENERGY YAMAHA RALLY TEAM

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