N°7 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

2020: 10th
2019: 6th
2018: 17th

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

“This race is something you have to respect”

Andrew Short has enjoyed quite the rollercoaster ride since diving headfirst into the world of elite rally raid at the end of 2017. The American started riding at the age of five, turned pro at 17, and enjoying a glittering 16-year career in motocross and supercross, earning nine wins and over 50 podium finishes before retiring in late 2016. After getting a first taste of offroad racing at the 2017 Sonora Rally in Mexico, he decided to go all-in with the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna team, enjoying a baptism of fire at the Morocco Rally and taking part in his maiden Dakar with only a few months' worth of preparation. "Way off the pace", in his own words, Andrew ended up going beyond his limits and fracturing his ankle with two days to go, yet he gritted his teeth and still made it to the finish line in a respectable 17th place overall. A fast learner, he returned with a bang at Dakar 2019, flying to sixth place in the bikes and proving that he could mix it up with the big guns. After an excellent 2019 season -in which he ranked second at the FIM Cross-Country Rallies world championship, came second at the Silk Way Rally and won in Morocco- the 38-year-old went into Dakar 2020 with quiet ambitions of fighting for overall victory, but a series of crashes and mechanicals forced him to settle for 10th place, and came as a timely reminder that this rally is an incredibly tough nut to crack. He heads to Dakar 2021 with more modest aspirations, given that his preparations have been disrupted by Covid-19 and that he will be riding for a new team. In March, he left Husqvarna and signed a two-year deal with the Monster Energy Yamaha Rally team, switching places with Xavier de Soultrait and joining an impressive line-up that also features Adrien van Beveren, Franco Caimi, Jamie McCanney and another new recruit, Ross Branch. The Colorado native has only made one outing with his new outfit, at the Andalucia Rally (13th), but he will no doubt play a key role in trying to help them land a first Dakar crown since 1998, when Stéphane Peterhansel claimed the last of his six wins in the bikes. Before travelling to Saudi Arabia, Andrew will join reigning Dakar champion Ricky Brabec for some desert training in Arizona, before embarking on his fourth tilt at the world's toughest rally.

“Going into the Dakar last year I thought I had a good opportunity to win. I had won in Morocco, come second in the world championship, I felt very optimistic. This year I have a much more humble approach. I haven't been able to race much. It's been a strange year for everybody, but that’s the world we're living in, and I'm just happy Dakar is going ahead. The switch to Yamaha was a good opportunity. Yamaha were starting to push, putting a lot of emphasis on a new structure, with a lot of new people, and just on the bike itself. The programme is getting better, it's a place I wanted to be. For me it's been really nice, the camaraderie within the team is really positive. Andalucia was the only rally I participated in this year, and that was important for me, being involved with a new team. I wanted to meet the crew and technicians, understand how they work and how they communicate. The results weren’t very positive, I really struggled with the terrain, but the desert should be more forgiving in Saudi Arabia. Dakar 2020 was different because it was the first time in Saudi, nobody really knew what the terrain was going to be like. The way Ricky played his cards was really smart. He's someone I used to ride with quite often, so I know what he does to prepare, his strengths and weaknesses. I haven't always been consistent at Dakar. It's hard for me to say what it takes to win Dakar. I hope to master this, get better and have a good year. Things can only get better in 2021, because the organisers have greater experience laying out the course. It gives riders and participants a lot to look forward to. I started doing rally raid in September-October 2017 and took part in my first Dakar a few months later. I thought I would do much better, I underestimated how fast they would be! Then I fractured my ankle with two days to go, so I was really happy to reach the finish line. At that point I didn’t know if I would come back again so I was happy to cross it off my list. I expected it to come a bit easier. This race is something you have to respect. It's not something you can force, you have to be patient, work at it. If opportunities arise you have to be ready to capitalise. From my experience it's better to be humble. Push, do your best, and see how the cards are played.”

Vehicle

MONSTER ENERGY YAMAHA RALLY TEAM

  • Mark : YAMAHA
  • Model : WR450F RALLY
  • Performance tuner : Monster Energy Yamaha Rally Team
  • Assistance : Monster Energy Yamaha Rally Team
  • Class : G1.1 A.S.O. Elites

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