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Cycle News 2020 Issue 15 April 14

Cycle News is a weekly magazine that covers all aspects of motorcycling including Supercross, Motocross and MotoGP as well as new motorcycles

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MOTOCROSSER-TURNED-RALLY-RACER ANDREW SHORT P46 Interview A ndrew Short enjoyed a 16-year career as a professional mo- tocross and supercross racer. During that time, the Colorado native earned over 50 podium finishes and nine wins. One of his highlights was be- ing part of the American team that won the 2010 Motocross of Nations held in his home state. His friendly personality and passion for riding has made him a fan favorite and popular among his teammates and fellow riders. After he retired from professional motocross at the end of 2016, Short worked as a team advisor and brand ambassador for Honda before making a big transition to compete in rally racing, including the Dakar. After a steep learn- ing curve, he was able to become com- petitive in rally and even took his first win at the 2019 Rallye du Maroc, a leadup to the 2020 Dakar. He appeared to be ready to compete for the podium, but he had a rough event and eventually fin- ished 10th overall after 12 days of racing in Saudi Arabia. Just a few weeks ago, Short announced that he will be racing for the Monster Energy Yamaha Rally team for the next two seasons with the goal of earning his first Dakar podium. We spoke with Andrew as he was sit- ting on his porch on his ranch in Texas waiting out the Coronavirus quarantine. You had a 16-year career as a professional motocross racer. You re- tired at the end of 2016 and for 2017 you took a position with Honda. What was your role there with Honda? Mostly I worked with the race team and helped with Kenny [Roczen] and Cole [Seely]. I did a lot of things. I helped primarily with the race team with testing, but also with the riders at the races. I did a little bit of production testing, but a lot of media events for new products coming out. That's where the brand ambassador came in. I spent a lot of time at the building, the race shop, and at the races for those guys. I had a great relationship with them. ANDREW SHORT TALKS ABOUT HIS TRANSITION FROM PROFESSIONAL MOTOCROSS RACING TO RALLY RACING AND NOW HIS TRANSITION FROM THE ROCKSTAR HUSQVARNA RALLY TEAM TO THE MONSTER ENERGY YAMAHA RALLY TEAM A Change of Heart BY SEAN FINLEY I PHOTOGRAPHY BY YAMAHA, HUSQVARNA, HOPPENWORLD.COM AND KIT PALMER

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