The MX Sport National Motocross series raced Round 11 at Steel City Pa. on Saturday Sept. 1. Team Chaparral had their rider Andrew Short racing in the 450 class. Holding onto the 3rd place position in the Championship and only 2 races left in the 2012 season, these next events are important to the team and their sponsors.
In Moto 1 Andrew Short started well and finished the first lap in 5th place, but he would stay there long. In the next 3 laps Andrew made quick work of 3 of the 4 riders in front on him, moving into 2nd place and setting the fastest lap time of the Moto while doing so. Short moved up on the 1st place rider Ryan Dungey and the two would stay the same distance between one another for the next 15 minutes. As the Moto ran on, Andrew Short would unable to gain enough on the leader to attempt passing him and when the checked flag flew, Andrew Short would cross the line in 2nd place.
Moto 2 started off with Andrew rounding turn one in 7th place. Short would make some good moves to pass his way to 4th place before thing would go for good to bad. As Short passed himself into 4th place the rain began to fall and the hard packed soil of Steel City became more slippery lap after lap. Andrew started this Moto with tear-offs on his goggles and had run out just before the rain started and this left him with poor vision. Short slowed in a down hill section of the track, trying to see where he was going and a rider came up from behind and surprised him. The two riders would lock handlebars and both would go down very hard. Short did get up, but the motorcycle was too bent up to continue the Moto and Andrew Short was forced to retire from the 2nd Moto and worst of all scoring no points.
Team Chaparral’s Andrew Short still holds onto the 3rd place position in the Championship point’s race by a slim 6 points as the series rolls into the final race at Lake Elsinore in Southern California