Fresh off of his breakthrough performance at the High Point National in Pennsylvania two weekends ago, Honda Red Bull Racing’s Andrew Short continued to impress at round number four of the 2010 AMA Pro Motocross Championship at Budds Creek on Saturday, taking a much-needed moto win en route to second overall for the event.
In moto number one, Short narrowly missed collecting the coveted holeshot bonus check but quickly put a move on Brett Metcalfe to take over the lead early on lap one. From there, Short motored on to a very impressive win, leading every lap of the race!
Behind the likeable Honda rider, fellow Red Bull teammate Mike Alessi also put in a solid effort, chasing Short around the challenging Budds Creek circuit from the second spot for the entire moto, holding off series points leader Ryan Dungey all the way to the checkers.
When the gates dropped for moto number two, Shorty once again looked like the man to beat as he rocketed down the Budds Creek start straight to capture the all-important holeshot.
"This gives me really good confidence heading into Colorado next weekend." -Andrew Short
Looking to be in great form, Andrew led the first three laps of the moto but was eventually displaced by a hard-charging Dungey midway through lap four. A couple key mistakes cost Short a few more positions as the moto progressed, but he held strong for a fifth place moto finish, earning second overall on the day.
“I really needed that moto win,” Andrew commented after the race. “I wish I could have backed it up with another podium in moto two, but all-in-all I’m really happy with the way my day went.
“I picked up a few more points on the guys ahead of me in the standings, and this gives me really good confidence heading into Colorado next weekend. I’m really looking forward to my hometown race!”
Alessi suffered from a bent front brake rotor early in moto two but held strong for a solid fifth overall despite the misfortune.
With confidence and momentum now on his side, Shorty looks to take his first-ever 450 overall victory as the series rolls into Lakewood, Colorado next weekend for the Thunder Valley National.