KTM: Andrew Short San Diego SX Report
Andrew Short put his 2011 KTM 350 SX-F motorcycle inside the top ten for the second week in a row this time at the 7th round of the AMA Supercross series in San Diego, Calif. at Qualcomm Stadium.
Rain leading up to the Supercross main event created a muddy race course for the 350 and 450 riders as they headed to the first SX practice session.
Short finished the first SX practice turning the 4th fastest time in his session on his 350cc motorcycle. At the end of the second session Short remained in the top ten fastest times qualifying 9th overall.
AMA Supercross fans everywhere were on their feet for the start of the Supercross main event as Andrew Short came around the first corner in 2nd position, showing the power of 350cc machine.
It was Chad Reed on his Honda CRF450R and Short on the KTM 350 SX-F who competed for the hole shot while Mike Alessi cut inside at the end to put two KTM 350 motorcycles into the top three before he dropped back
A few laps into the race Short was sitting 3rd. Short worked hard to maintain his pace out front while trying to hold off both James Stewart (Yamaha YZ 450 F) and reigning Champion Ryan Dungey (Suzuki RM-Z 450).
Both the Yamaha and Honda 450 SX riders were able to move around Short and by the fifth lap he was 5th with his teammate Mike Alessi directly behind him.
Short ran 5th for the majority of the race and went on to finish the night in 6th overall after a last lap battle with Davi Millsaps on his 2011 Honda CRF450R got the best of it.
Andrew Short (2011 KTM 350 SX-F) says: "I don’t consider myself a decent mud rider so I was a little worried about this race.
"This track was also pretty tricky and there were a few sections that I struggled with tonight. Overall, I am glad to be in the top ten but I really would have liked to finish in the top five."
The KTM 350cc rider will now head to Atlanta for the next round of the AMA Supercross Series next Saturday night to conintue his battle with the 450cc machines.
2011 San Diego Supercross Results
1. Chad Reed
2. Ryan Dungey
3. James Stewart
4. Trey Canard
5. Davi Millsaps
6. Andrew Short
7. Ryan Villopoto
8. Brett Metcalfe
9. Mike Alessi
10. Justin Brayton
11. Nick Wey
12. Kyle Regal
13. Fabien Izoird
14. Chris Blose
15. Ivan Tedesco
16. Michael Byrne
17. Maxime Lesage
18. Austin Stroupe
19. Weston Peick
20. Kevin Windham