Andrew Short's Day At Ironman Motocross | MX 2016

Andrew Short went 13-35 for 16th overall at round 12.

Andrew Short closed out his 17 year career as an MX racer at Ironman Raceway this past weekend. Andrew, known as one of the nicest guys in the pits, had a farewell kind of day. We will take you through the highs and lows of Andrew's day at Ironman Raceway.

Andrew Short, Ironman Motocross 2016
Andrew's retirement day started at the riders meeting as he was honored by the AMA and the staff of MX Sports. Andrew had a few words for the MX community and thanked them for all the fun and support they gave him over the years.Photo by Rob Koy
Andrew Short, Ironman Motocross 2016
Before the first timed practice Andrew was overwhelmed with friends and supporters who wanted to wish him well and grab a last picture with him on his retirement day.Photo by Rob Koy
Andrew Short, Ironman Motocross 2016
In the first timed practice Andrew was able to turn a lap of 2:38.083 for the 11th fastest lap of the session. The track was still wet and muddy from the rains on Friday morning and the rain that fell just minutes before the first group went out for practice.Photo by Rob Koy
Andrew Short, Ironman Motocross 2016
In the second timed practice Andrew turned a lap of 2:40.684 for the 9th fastest time of time session. The track was much slower as the ruts were deep and the section, especially before the finish line where it was soft and hard to flow through.Photo by Rob Koy
Andrew Short, Ironman Motocross 2016
All year Andrew has lead the opening ceremony sight lap as a tribute to his last year as a rider. At Ironman all his friends and industry supported lined up and gave Andrew a high five salute on his last race as a Pro.Photo by Rob Koy
Andrew Short, Ironman Motocross 2016
BTO Sports team owner Forrest Butler was all smiles for Andrew as he went on his site lap for the last time.Photo by Rob Koy
Andrew Short, Ironman Motocross 2016
Andrew gives the crowd a wheelie on his pace lap. Andrew has said that he has been ready to end his career this year and he is happy to go out on his own terms. Andrew said that he is going to miss the competition and the commodity that he has had over his 17-year career. He also said that he will miss the testing and developing that he has become good at over the years with the teams and manufacturers.Photo by Rob Koy
Andrew Short, Ironman Motocross 2016
For his last pro race of his career Alpinestars came to Ironman Raceway with a set of gold boots for Andrews retirement.Photo by Rob Koy
Andrew Short, Ironman Motocross 2016
Andrew got a 11th place start in moto 1, battled with a couple guys and ended up in 13th at the end of the moto. Andrew hits the big uphill triple with the Ironman crowd looking on.Photo by Rob Koy
Andrew Short, Ironman Motocross 2016
Andrew admitted that he has not put in the work this year as he’s done in the past and that he is ready for the next chapter in his life. When Andrew got his second concussion in Supercross, he had to reevaluate his career and think about the future for him and his family. Here, Andrew takes the inside line over a hump in the woods section of the Ironman track.Photo by Rob Koy
Andrew Short, Ironman Motocross 2016
In the 2nd moto Andrew went out with one of his trademark holeshots.Photo by Rob Koy
Andrew Short, Ironman Motocross 2016
Andrew Short leading the way into turn one as he has done many times over his career.Photo by Rob Koy
Andrew Short, Ironman Motocross 2016
Unfortunately, Andrew’s rear air shock that he has been developing and testing for the Factory KTM team failed Andrew before the start of the moto as the team tried to fix or change it before the race started. They tried to put more air into the air shock but a seal went bad. As Andrew went into the first turn, the shock collapsed and ended Andrew Short’s last moto of his career. It’s ironic that a part, that only Andrew has ever used and tested, failed him on his last race of his career.Photo by Rob Koy
Andrew Short, Ironman Motocross 2016
Andrew Shot went 13-35 for 16th overall at Ironman Raceway on the day that he would end his long Professional racing career. Andrew’s career highlight included 17 years as a Pro, 164 overall starts, 3 overall wins, 8 moto wins, 30 overall podium finishes and 50 overall Top 5 finishes. As the sign said in the crowd “we will miss you Shorty!”Photo by Rob Koy