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ATTENTION - IMPORTANT INFORMATION: DUE TO THE STRIKE MOVEMENT EXPECTED ON DECEMBER 5th IN FRANCE, THE SCRUTINEERING AND THE BOARDING WILL TAKE PLACE ON DECEMBER 3rd AND 4th.
N°6 Bike ROCKSTAR ENERGY HUSQVARNA FACTORY RACING
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ANDREW SHORT

(usa) Born on 28/11/1982 1.78m / 71kg

Sponsors

Rockstar, Husqvarna, WP, BelRay

2019: 6th
2018: 17th

2019: Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge (5th), Silk Way Rally (2nd), Atacama Rally (8th), Morocco Rally (1st), WORCS RACING 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 SX: 3rd overall in 2008 and 2009
American Motocross: 2nd in 2009
Winner of Paris-Bercy Supercross 2004 and 2005 (1st), Seattle Supercross 2012 (1st)

Interview

“I’m in the mix with the best…”

Long gone are the days when Andrew Short was a mega star in American Supercross and Motocross. His career and his life actually drastically changed when he decided to take on a whole new challenge, far from the dirt tracks and SX stadiums that he was used to. Despite being “blown away” by the Dakar, its terrain, its bivouacs, its dunes, the American learned rally racing the hard way. His first attempt was a tough one. He heroically reached the finish in a promising 17th position despite breaking his ankle with two days to go. But as expected, the rider born in Colorado has learned the discipline quickly. He reached his goal of finishing in the Top 10 of the last Dakar (6th) and captured his first win at the Morocco Rally in October, earning himself second spot of the 2019 FIM cross-country rally World Championships. Extremely happy to see the Dakar move to unknown territory in Saudi Arabia, the 37-year-old feels it’ll be less of a disadvantage for him compared to South America. However, well aware that he still has to learn, Short wants to take it step by step and aims at the podium… for the time being.

“I started riding when I was 5 and turned pro at the age of 17. At 18, I packed my bag and decided to race for a living. I enjoyed an amazing career. I fell in love with off-road racing when I came to see the Sonora Rally and I decided to follow my heart. Riding is a passion. It was a dream to be on the Dakar. I was blown away. It was like being on a honeymoon. I had no pressure but I was far from the best at the beginning. My sixth place last year showed that I was much better, more competitive and it makes it a lot more fun for me. The learning process is continuing. Overall, I’m in the mix with the best riders and that’s a big improvement. I’m actually racing. Winning in Morocco was great for my confidence. All the best riders were there and I could see where I stand. And the fact the Dakar is going to Saudi Arabia is a great opportunity for me. I feel I’ll be less at a disadvantage than in South America where everyone knew the terrain. It’s new and fresh for everyone now. In terms of navigation, I love David Castera’s (Dakar director) vision. The new rules will slow the riders down. It’s more of an adventure. Riders have to adapt and it’s funnier for the racers. My goal is to carry on going one step at a time. After first finishing and then reaching the Top 10, my goal is the podium. Everyone dreams of winning of course and quite a few can win, but I don’t want to be greedy.”

Vehicle

ROCKSTAR ENERGY HUSQVARNA FACTORY RACING

  • Mark : HUSQVARNA
  • Model : FR 450 RALLY
  • Performance tuner : Rockstar Energy Husqvarna factory Racing
  • Assistance : Rockstar Energy Husqvarna factory Racing
  • Class : M_G1.1 : ELITE

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