American Rider Andrew Short was welcomed by the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Rally team with immediate effect. The former US SX and MX racer is said to start Husqvarna’s FR 450 Rally machine all throughout seasons 2018 and 2019. The Husqvarna Motorcycles were very excited to announce the big news.
Being one of the most high profile dirt bike riders in the recent US competitions, some of his big achievements were his 16-year-long career in both professional motocross and supercross racing. He had a total of nine wins and 49 podium results. Not to be taken light with, he had finished the AMA Pro Motocross championship with positions consistent in the top three for no less than five times. Since the announcement of his retirement from rofessional motocross competition during the end of the year 2016, he had been a mentor to the younger generations. You might as well call him as a dirt bike coach. He had been an experienced official test and development rider. He had also been a spokesperson for several occasions. Surely, Andrew Short does possess a vast amount of experience.
On 2017, he changed into rally racing, does proving that he is still on the groove and is passionate about off-road riding. He had taken part in the Sonora Rally this year, round one of the 2017 Dakar Challenge. He claimed the third place in the overall ranking at the event.
It is said that on October 4 to 10 at the 2017 OiLibya Morocco Rally will be the racing debut of Short. He was expected to give his best shot by the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing team for the upcoming Dakar Rally in January.
“We are really excited to have Andrew join the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Rally team,” exclaimed Diego Clement – Head of Motorsport at Husqvarna Motorcycles.”An accomplished racer with a very long and distinguished career in motocross and supercross racing, Andrew is now highly motivated to succeed in rally racing.
“Taking advantage of his wealth of experience and knowledge we strongly believe he will further strengthen our rally team. With his speed never in doubt, our goal is to provide him with all the necessary tools so that he can learn and further improve his navigational skills. Andrew will make his debut at this week’s OiLibya Rally in Morocco. It will be a perfect chance for him to gain some racing miles on the FR 450 Rally machine ahead of the Dakar Rally.”
“I’m really excited to be part of Rockstar Energy Husqvarna,” told Andrew Short “It’s an awesome opportunity to take a new step forward in my career as a racer. Rally racing is something I’ve always been interested in. I love riding and racing and to me it seems like rally is the ultimate adventure you can have on a dirt bike.
“After retiring as a pro motocross racer at the end of 2016 I started riding my bike in the mountains of Colorado and fell in love with it. I took some navigation training lessons and then had a blast at the Sonora Rally. The biggest challenge for me now is to get some more experience and improve my skills in navigation and that’s exactly what I’ll be focusing on this week in Morocco.”