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The open plains of South America will be a far cry from the confines of a supercross stadium when Andrew Short makes his Dakar Rally debut in January.
While his former teammates and rivals are embroiled in the AMA SuperCross Championship, Short will be embroiled in a new adventure on a different continent.
Teammate to Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Pablo Quintanilla, Short will begin his rally career in anger when he rolls off one of the biggest starting ramps in motorsport on January 6th.
“I’m really excited to be heading towards my first Dakar,” Short. “The team gave me an awesome opportunity to take a step forward in my career and I can’t thank them enough for that.”
Short’s decision to step into rally did come as a surprise following his recent retirement from motocross and supercross.
Committing to gravel tracks and desert plains full-bore, with just GPS navigation to guide you, is naturally not for everyone — it can be very unforgiving.
But for Short it’s becoming his second calling, he admits to kinda liking it a lot…
“It’s a good feeling and something I’m addicted to now.
“You’re in the zone the whole time. You never know what’s around the next turn, so the whole experience turns into one big adventure.”
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The Rally of Morocco was a jump into the deep end for the rally rookie but a valuable lesson in learning how to swim and not sink. He’s hoping that test will leave him in good stead come January.
“The Morocco Rally was a big learning experience for me and since then I’ve not stopped working.
“We’ve also had some good days of testing and navigation training with Pablo and it was a blast.
“For my first Dakar in January the main goal is to avoid mistakes and continue improving my skills in navigation.
“I want to take little steps and get better with the goal to continue improving my speed and finish my first Dakar without any issues.”
Robert LynnEnduro21 Editorrobert@future7media.com