October 06, 2010

Red Bull drops American Honda, keeps Andrew Short

Okay, that may not be entirely true, but it sounds funny so I went with it.  Here's the actual KTM press release, courtesy Vital MX.  Suddenly, KTM appears to be flexing for 2011:

Andrew (Shorty) Short will ride for KTM in the SX and MX Open class competition in the USA and will be a factory teammate to KTM’s Mike Alessi and MX2 World Champion Marvin Musquin in the National MX competition. In addition, Ken Roczen, also new to the Red Bull KTM factory team in 2011, will, like Musquin, compete in the AMA Supercross Lites class. After the SX, the young German rider will return to Europe to ride for the KTM factory team in the World Championship GP series.

 Andrew Short is a great motocross racer, a legitimate fast guy indoors and out.  He has not yet managed to win any national championships, but he has come damn close for the past 4 seasons.  He has scored a lot of podiums while earning valuable air time and visibility for his sponsors. No wonder Red Bull likes him.

Now he's on a team featuring the two fastest 250cc racers from Europe, managed by living legend and man-on-a-new-mission Roger DeCoster.  Red Bull KTM is looking pretty strong; Musquin and Roczen could conceivably win every 250 motocross title on the planet next year, and Short and Alessi will represent well on the 450s.  Well played, gentlemen!

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