Just in time to start those engines revving for the 2013 season!
AURORA, Ill. (April 27, 2012) – Feld Motor Sports® announced today that Andrew Short, of Smithville, Texas, will make his Monster Energy Cup debut at Las Vegas’ Sam Boyd Stadium on October 20 aboard his Chaparral Honda.
AURORA, Ill. (April 24, 2012) – Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship returns to Salt Lake City’s Rice-Eccles Stadium this Saturday night as JGRMX/Toyota/Yamaha’s Davi Millsaps and Muscle Milk Honda’s Justin Brayton showcase their hotly contested points in the Supercross Class.
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Andrew Short, in my opinion, is one of the most under rated riders out there. He's got great style on the bike and, unless he's been out injured, he's a constant in the top 10, but coming back from his latest injuries in New Orleans no one thought he'd be taking home the win in the very next race, except maybe him and buddy Ken Roczen, the unsuspecting Lites rider who threw his leg over a SX 350 and rode the wheels off it for a 2nd place over all in his first big bike main!
The two were so excited, for themselves and each other, that soon as the race was done there were hugs all around. It's nice to see such a great show of sportsmanship, of good sportsmanship, especially when so often we focus on bad behaviour. It doesn't need to be a bro-hug; a hand shake or a high five between the top three riders shows the fans that while they can be fierce competitors on the track, that is where it is left.
Often times we focus on the poor behaviour of a few riders, who shall remain nameless. This season, however, we've seen some great instances of riders riding aggressively, but letting it stay on the course. No one could argue that Roczen wasn't trying to pull every extra ounce of speed from that 350. Right out of the gate the German was charging, and when his good friend Short got in front, well, he wasn't going to stop pushing to win his Supercross class debut.
You can be aggressive without crossing the line into what is unacceptable behaviour (dirty block passes, purposely taking out riders, "team tactics" and the like). These riders, especially on the highest levels, are seen as heroes, role models, for the younger generation. When they act badly, and win, and nothing comes of it because they win, it sets a bad example. When the AMA fined Justin Barcia for his poor behaviour after the Huston event, it was a start. These riders are heroes for the younger generation of riders; it is very important the example the set.
Here's to Andrew Short, and Ken Roczen, and to all of the other fantastic models of good sportsmanship! Congrats on a well deserved win for Short and an amazing Supercross debut for German transplant, Roczen. Gute Arbeit, Ken!
SEATTLE (April 21, 2012) – Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship’s return to the West Coast was greeted by 52,731 fans inside CenturyLink Field on Saturday night, for the 15th race of the 2012 season. After nearly six seasons of racing in the Supercross Class, L&MC Racing Honda’s Andrew Short, of Smithville, Texas, captured his first career win in the premier division, leading every lap. Following a two-month break from Western Regional Supercross Lites Class competition, Star/Valli Yamaha’s Ryan Sipes, of Ekron, Ky., grabbed his first win of the season.