Video By Pete Peterson
Just a few days before the 2012 Budd’s Creek race, I got an invite out to Andrew Short’s private motocross track that sits on his farm in Smithville, TX (just outside of Austin). I brought along a video camera and shot while Andrew was spinning a few easy laps. This was not a real ride day for him, he was just putting in a little memory time on the bike. Then I asked him to tell me about this “Field of Dreams” backyard track.
After the interview, I took my super-novice skills out to the track to have some fun. I’d describe the track as narrow, maybe ten feet wide in most places, which works fine since it’s a practice track not a race course. The corners are mostly all very fun. The dirt on the top section (where the video starts, and the shot I used when Andrew describes the good Texas dirt), was primo, and still perfect and loamy late in the day. The dirt in the sections in the trees was great but harderpacked. Some of the bumps dropping down were big, not huge, but their face angle was pretty fierce. And since they are on a downhill, a real test of how your fork is working. My Factory Connection re-valve has been impressing meevery time I ride, and these bumps were more evidence I have a great set up on my CR125. Some of the corners in this section are preceded by a fun drop, and I’msure at Andrew’s speed the braking gets pretty challenging. There is a section, just before the big double I shot from theside, where the course snakes out into some soft sand. There are a few corners out there and a section of rolling whoops.
It’s a great track and I will report back with more videos of Andrew on it, and on his own supercross track right next to it once the indoor season comes rolling back around. For a bunch more videos until then, check out www.andrewshort.com, and if you like what you see, go buy something from one of Andrew’s sponsors: Fly Racing, Chaparral, Scott, Alpinestars, and Leatt.