ANDREW SHORT FINISHING WELL IN VEGAS
Also finishing well in Vegas was Red Bull/KTM Team rider Andrew Short.
After getting a flat tire in his heat race Short had to get in the main event through the LCQ. Short easily won the LCQ and headed toward the main event where he lined up with his teammate, Mike Alessi, who qualified 5th into the main from his heat.
At the start of the Supercross main event, it was Alessi with the holeshot on his KTM 350 SX-F. Alessi remained inside the top five until a crash a few laps into the race sent him over the bars. Alessi tweaked his knee slightly and hit his head and decided to return to the pits to recover and was unable to finish the race.
Short did not have as decent of a start and began the race in almost last position. He quickly climbed through the pack and had moved into 11th by the fifth lap. In an amazing charge through the pack Short was able to remain smooth and pass a few more riders while also capitalizing on the mistakes of others as many riders hit the ground. At the end of the twenty lap main event Short had moved up to 5th overall. He remained in that position to finish the race in 5th place.
“I had no idea I was in 5th place. I knew that I had a bad start and thought that I was still so far back. I couldn’t believe when I crossed the finish line and saw my number on the top five board. I was really stoked to walk away with a 5th place result after the start I had at the beginning of the race,” remarked Short.
The team will now begin to prepare for the outdoor season. Alessi and Roczen will head to the Glen Helen MXGP next weekend while Short will prepare for the start of the Outdoor Motocross Series to be held on May 21, 2011 at Hangtown Raceway.
Overall Supercross Results –
Andrew Short – KTM
Tye Simmonds – KTM