Short Finishes 6th at Atlanta Supercross

February 28, 2011 10:05am
Red Bull/KTM rider Andrew Short put together another solid performance finishing 6th at the eighth round of the AMA Supercross Series at the Georgia Dome.

Short had a decent day turning the 10th fastest lap time in the afternoon qualifying. His teammate, Mike Alessi, was able to qualify 12th fastest. As a result both KTM riders were placed in the first heat.

In the heat both riders got a decent start near the top five. Alessi just edged out Short off the start and the two teammates battled throughout the 8 lap heat. Near the final lap Short was able to put a pass on Alessi and take over 4th position. Short would go on to finish 4th while Alessi finished 5th.

In the main event, Short got off to an okay start rounding the first turn in 8th. Alessi didn’t have as good of a jump and came around the first corner around 15th. Short had a great first few laps moving from 8th place quickly up to 6th. When Trey Canard crashed early in the race, Short was able to capitalize on the crash and move into 5th place.

Once in 5th, Short remained consistent and maintained his position throughout the majority of the race. Meanwhile, Alessi had some problems as he was trying to come up through the pack. Midway into the race, Alessi suffered a crash that put him at the back of the pack. He would eventually finish the night in 18th.

On the final lap, Canard had caught back up to Short. The Red Bull/KTM rider tried as he could to hold off the hard-charging Canard as they completed the final lap. Unfortunately, Canard was able to make the pass with a few turns to go and grabbed the 5th spot while Short went on to finish 6th.

“Overall I was happy with my ride tonight. My first five laps were really good and I was able to move into the top five. I’m bummed Trey got around me at the end but I am still happy to be close to the top five. We are continuing to make great progress every week,” commented Short after the race.

Next Race: Daytona Supercross – March 5, 2011

Overall Results

  1. Ryan Villopoto
  2. Ryan Dungey
  3. Chad Reed
  4. James Stewart
  5. Trey Canard
  6. Andrew Short – KTM
  7. Justin Brayton
  8. Kevin Windham
  9. Ivan Tedesco
  10. Brett Metcalfe
  11. Davi Millsaps
  12. Nick Wey
  13. Kyle Regal
  14. Chris Blose
  15. Tye Simmonds – KTM
  16. Matt Boni
  17. Fabien Izoird
  18. Mike Alessi – KTM
  19. Antonio Balbi
  20. Kyle Partridge


Overall Point Standings –

  1. Ryan Villopoto – 171
  2. James Stewart – 161
  3. Chad Reed – 150
  4. Trey Canard – 146
  5. Ryan Dungey – 145
  6. Andrew Short – 110
  7. Brett Metcalfe – 104
  8. Justin Brayton – 90
  9. David Millsaps – 88
  10. Ivan Tedesco – 78