The 2011 AMA Supercross Series is upon us, and Red Bull KTM’s Andrew Short has happily settled into his new home under the orange tent, prepped and ready for the kickoff of the series on January 8th.
After a stellar 2010 season, including a Red Bull Motocross of Nations championship as a member of Team USA, Shorty is looking forward to rolling out his brand-new Red Bull-backed KTM 350 SX-F to kick off his eleventh season as a professional.
We caught up with the always-friendly Colorado native during a recent testing session in Southern California to chat about his new ride and the upcoming Supercross series.
Andrew Short Quick Facts
- Born November 28, 1982 in Tulsa, Oklahoma
- Began riding motocross at age 5, turned pro in 2000
- Has finished Top 3 in the AMA Motocross Series 4 years running
- Helped lead the U.S. Team to the 2010 Motocross of Nations title
- Lives in Texas with his wife Jacki and their daughter Emma
Andrew Short Q&A
After six successful years at Honda, you’ve made a big change to your program for 2011. How has the switch over to the Red Bull KTM squad been treating you?
Honestly, this has been a big change for me personally after six great years with Honda, but luckily Red Bull is a part of the KTM team as well, so that has been a big positive for me. I still feel like the same guy since I’ve been fortunate enough to bring a lot of my personal sponsors over from the last couple years.
Outside of that, it’s great to be around change and to work with new people. I feel like I’ve put myself in a position to continue growing as a racer, and hopefully my results this coming year will show that.
How has it been working with a legend like Roger DeCoster [KTM Team Manager]?
It’s been great! Working with Roger and learning so much about the new bike has been an awesome experience so far. He is so smart when it comes to the technical side of things, so his presence alone inspires a lot of confidence. Wherever Roger goes there will always be talented people following, so I’m fortunate to have a great mechanic and an amazing group of technicians to work with.
I have never won a race as a professional, and I’m ready.
Over the course of your career you’ve switched bike manufacturers a couple of times. How difficult has it been adapting to the KTM in comparison to some of the others?
Coming into it I was actually pretty worried because I’ve been on Japanese bikes my entire life, and with KTM being a European brand, I thought it would be quite a bit more difficult to adjust to. It’s been far from that, though... The KTM has two wheels and a throttle just like every other bike I’ve ridden, and it’s actually been a lot of fun getting it all set up.
How are you feeling heading into round one at Anaheim?
Every off-season you’re fit and prepared – ready for the gate to drop – but it’s not until the end of the night at A1 that you truly know where you’re at. I feel like I’m ready to go racing right now, though, and really excited to see what I can do on my new bike. Any time you make a change like this it can be a radical one for the good or bad, so I’m ready to see where I stand when the gates drop.
What are your goals for 2011?
My honest goal is to win a race; I have never won a race as a professional, and I’m ready. I’ve finished runner-up numerous times, so there’s only one spot left for me to go, and that’s all I really care about.
Like any other season, I want to continue having fun. Racing is a profession, and we’re paid to do a job, but you have to keep it fun to do well. I’m really excited about this season, and can’t wait for Anaheim!
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