Andrew got his first win of the 2005 season at the Houston Supercross
Another year is quickly coming to a close as another Paris-Bercy
supercross is etched into the record books—the 22nd running of this
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.
It took nine races for Andrew to get his first outdoor national win at Millville
photo: Simon Cudby
After winning the ‘04 Paris-Bercy Supercross—his first major race for
Team Honda—many thought 2005 would be Short’s year. But seven races
into the 125cc West Region Supercross Series, he was sitting third in
points and winless as far as individual races go. It wasn’t until the
last-round Houston Supercross that it all came together for Andrew, as
he led every lap and survived a dramatic last-lap battle with Broc
Hepler to take his first win of the ‘05 season.
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.