Ricky Brabec in a passenger car and rolling towards the airport and airplane that will deliver the defending Dakar Rally Champion to Saudi Arabia where he’ll put his fists up, have his fangs out and climb into the ring and prepare to defend his 2020 title.
‘It’s always good, I believe, to train with another Dakar Rally racer, so that way you can get some experience gauging speed and time and when you go to the line at Dakar on Day One,” said the Californian. “Andrew Short is great. Andrew is, in my opinion, a really good asset. He is smart. He’s full of information, whether it’s supercross, motocross, parts preferences, bike preferences. He’s been around a very long time and he’s not an airhead.”
Smack before one Andrew Short and the Monster Energy Yamaha Rally Official Team WR450F with his name and race number on it, looms the 2021 version of the Dakar Rally, And that blue bike with the green Monster Energy decals on it? Think of it as a quarter million dollar two-wheel version F1 car poised to roll out and wreak havoc on the 12-stage, 3,000-mile Saharan Odyssey known simply as “Dakar.” Short, a 16-year Monster Energy AMA Supercross and Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship challenger here in the U.S. and contesting the 5,000-mile, two-week Dakar Rally.
Just ask Andrew Short. Short, of Colorado, is also a Motocross of Nations champion with Team USA who won nine AMA races and hit the podium 55 different times) and the competitive flame still burns blue for him. Having put the work in and plotted and schemed for the task at hand, Short now wants nothing more than to win the Dakar Rally and while glancing over his blue, green and black Yamaha WR450F, we stuck a recorder in his face and got the untold story of the who, where, what and why of the 2021 Dakar Rally.