And while most American fans are still reveling in the astonishing 2005 season recorded by Ricky Carmichael in the 250 class and Ivan Tedesco in the 125 division, let’s not forget another very impressive achievement that was capped off this weekend in Paris.
For the second year in a row, Team Honda’s Andrew Short dominated the Bercy SX, sweeping all three main events. That put his name among riders like Rick Johnson, Johnny O’Mara, Jean-Michel Bayle, and Jeremy McGrath as multi-time winners of this race. So while RC and Ivan both have their “triple crowns” of winning the MX, SX, and des Nations championships (plus Ricky’s World Supercross and U.S. Open victories), let’s look at Shorty’s scaled-down triple crown in 2005.
And it wouldn’t be his last. The AMA outdoor national season rolled around, and although it took nine races and 18 motos, Short finally got that first 125 National Motocross victory under his belt with an awesome 1-1 performance at the brutally rough Spring Creek MX Park in Millville, Minnesota, on August 14.
After all was said and done, Short finished third overall in supercross and second overall in the 125 Nationals and had a win in AMA Motocross, AMA Supercross, and this past weekend’s Paris-Bercy SX. Not too bad for his first year as a factory rider with Team Honda.