Ex Supercross rider Andrew Short has placed third overall after stage 2 of the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge. Short’s rally skills continue to grow as shown by his 6th place overall finish at the 2019 rendition of the Dakar Rally.
Short was just the second rider to start the stage and essentially used his own navigation skills to find his way through the sandy and featureless Liwa desert.
Ultimately, the Husqvarna mounted Short was able to catch the first starter 20 kilometers before the stage. However, he still finished three minutes down from day two winner Honda mounted Jose Ignacio Cornejo. The finish would have been closer, but Short incurred a 1 minute time penalty for speeding during the stage.
At the finish of stage 2, Short had this to say:
“Today’s stage was very similar to yesterday, but I was riding by myself for the majority of the day. I was able to use the tracks in the sand to my advantage and managed to keep to a good pace. It was a bit tough out there battling against the wind once again but I’m happy with how I rode. It seems I got my first speed penalty today since I started rally, which isn’t good. Hopefully as the days continue, I can push the tracks and gain more positions.”
Stage 3 of the Desert Challenge will be held tomorrow with a total of 520 kilometers. 297 kilometers of that stage will be a timed special stage in the Liwa dunes.
With only 3 stages left, Short will have to gain a little over 4 minutes on 2nd place Joan Barreda (Honda) and leader Sam Sunderland (KTM).
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