News 7 Oct 2010

AMA SX: Short signs with Red Bull KTM for 2011 season

KTM has revealed that Andrew Short will join the Red Bull KTM factory team to compete in the AMA Supercross and Motocross Championships for 2011.

Short, who raced with the winning team to secure the MX of Nations title for the USA this month at Thunder Valley in Colorado, will be part of the team lineup under the guiding hand of one of the sports most distinguished team managers, Roger DeCoster.

DeCoster was also the man behind the USA’s successful title at the MXoN.

“I have known Andrew for many years and of course we had closer contact this year when preparing and racing for the MXoN,” DeCoster said. “I am looking forward to working with him and the other KTM riders as we begin testing and preparing for the coming season. We now have a strong team and one with real potential.”

While selection for Team USA was an obvious highlight for Andrew in 2010, he also finished third overall in the AMA Nationals and came back after injury to finish strongly in the Supercross competition, including being on the podium a number of times.

Short will ride for KTM in the Open class and will be a factory teammate to KTM’s Mike Alessi and MX2 world champion Marvin Musquin in the outdoors. In addition, Ken Roczen, also new to the Red Bull KTM factory team in 2011, will compete in Supercross alongside Musquin.

After Supercross, the young German rider Roczen will return to Europe to ride for the KTM factory team in the World Championship GP series.

Pit Beirer, head of KTM Racing, is pleased to secure Short for next season.

“With Andrew, Mike, Marvin and Ken we have a solid lineup for our first year as a full factory racing team in USA competition,” Beirer said. “Under the guiding hand of Roger DeCoster, one of the most experienced and respected figures in the sport, we expect that this team will lay the groundwork for emulating the success we now enjoy in Europe.”

Short will switch to KTM after several successful seasons with the Honda Red Bull Racing team.