American Andrew Short is set for his second tilt at the toughest race on two wheels, the 2019 Dakar Rally when the 42nd edition takes place in Peru from January 6-17, 2019.
Putting in considerable racing kilometres in 2018, Short has gained valuable knowledge during his first full year of rally competition and is fired up for success in what will be his second participation in the Dakar Rally. Looking to make use of the experience he‰Ûªs acquired, the American will be eyeing a good overall result.
‰ÛÏI‰Ûªve learned a lot during the 2018 season and now I‰Ûªm ready to put this experience to good use at the Dakar," Short said.
"The season started for me in Morocco with the Merzouga Rally and since then we‰Ûªve also raced in Chile and Peru. I had some good race time and was able to study the strategy of the top guys. I saw how fast they can go in specific sections and kept improving my speed while navigating correctly," Short contuned.
"In Peru, I was able to battle with them all the way to the finish and I was happy to get my first podium in rally racing.
"It gives me extra confidence knowing that the 2019 Dakar will take place in Peru. I am looking forward to going back racing in the massive Peruvian dunes.
My goal for the coming Dakar is not on a number or place, it‰Ûªs just to continue to race with the top guys. I want to be even more competitive in January and be as close as possible to the front.
Team Manager Pela Renet
is happy with Shorts growing experience.
"Andrew earned his first podium in Peru in September and he is feeling comfortable racing in sandy conditions," Renet said.
"We want to see him continue making progress in 2019. The atmosphere within our team is great and our riders are happy with the performance of our rally bikes. With the coming Dakar featuring just 10 stages, we expect the pace to be high. It‰Ûªll be an intense race for everyone.‰Û