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Images from day one / stage 1 at the 2021 Dakar Rally in Saudi Arabia

Off Road Athlete

Andrew Short

United States United States

BIOGRAPHY

Andrew Short is one of the world’s most versatile and successful off-road motorcycle racers. The 38 year old Texan has enjoyed quite the rollercoaster ride since diving headfirst into the world of elite rally raid at the end of 2017. Short started riding at the age of five, and turned pro at 17, and has enjoyed 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 off-road racing at the 2017 Sonora Rally in Mexico, he decided to go all-in with the 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 headed 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. Having left Husqvarna and signed a two-year deal with the Monster Energy Yamaha Rally team, Short was immediately on the pace, however mechanical issues forced his hand once again. One thing is for sure Short will be back to fight another day next year...

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