Amanda On-Site: Andrew Short Interview
He’s one of Honda Red Bull Racing’s Supercross & Motocross Superstars. He is … Andrew Short!
Amanda: Andrew, you’ve had a little bit of time off – what has been the best thing about having some time to yourself?
Ever since my injury in San Diego, I’ve had some time to ‘chill out’, relax, not travel as much to all the races. I’ve been focusing on my injury (ankle) and trying to find out as much information & knowledge as I can about it, and how I can get better, and get better on the track as well.
It’s been nice in a way … I’ve been busy still, but I haven’t had that pressure of lining up on the gate and performing week in and week out.
I noticed you had a little ‘fun’ in Daytona Beach, Florida, at the ‘Daytona Supercross by Honda’, doing a little broadcasting work … is that something you want to pursue later on in your career?
Yeah, … the broadcasting part is something I just ran into, and it’s good for me to get my face out there. I enjoy promoting Honda and all of our sponsors. With Honda having such a big presence at Daytona, it was kinda’ a natural, and a good fit for me to do something like that.
But right now, I’m able to start practicing again, and I want to just focus on racing.
You have a little daughter – how old is she?
Yes, we have a little girl, her name is Emma. She’s two years old. She’s a handful (laughing) … she’s a mix between me and my wife. (Laughing more) My wife is pretty crazy & outgoing … and I’m mellow … until I get on a bike : ) My wife is actually very adventurous as well … so all of us have a lot of fun together.
Are you a good babysitter?
(Smiling) I’m not the best baby sitter … but I have a great excuse. Emma always wants ‘Mama’! But sometimes her and I will have some fun. We’ll go hop on the scooters and go for a ride. I think basically I’m just her fun and entertainment : ) She goes to ‘Mama’ for love : )
Would you ever consider going to Europe to race in the World Motocross Championships?
For me to race in the World MX championships would be very difficult at this stage, because I have a family here. It would be awesome to do the entire series … to see the world and race against different riders … the talent is really deep there in Europe, and the series seems run very professionally. It interests me … but it would just be very difficult at this stage in my career and with my family life.
I can see your face really lights up when you talk about your family, and especially your daughter. It’s not always easy being a ‘dad’. What is the toughest thing about being a dad?
The toughest part for me about being a father is part of racing, and that’s being away from home. I usually go to the airport on Friday’s and then come home a couple days later.
On the flip side, it gives me something to look forward to when I come home. I cherish that time when I am home. I realize I’m very fortunate to be able to do what I do, compared to a ’9-to-5′ job. I get to ride, do motos, and come back home and hang out most days. Then later on I’ll go to the gym.
I’m very fortunate, and I always try to keep that thought in the back of my head.
Tell me about your first experience on a motorcycle and racing …
I grew up racing – I started when I was five years old. My dad raced, and I wanted to be like him.
Of course, I have so many memories from racing. They range from the first time I raced – where I just lined up on the starting gate and won a local race … to becoming a professional racer, which was a fulfillment of my dreams and everything I worked for over the years.
I’ve experienced a lot, and racing has brought a lot of good memories – not only just from starting as a kid … I’ve met a lot of great friends and people along the way.
It’s actually a great lifestyle. I feel very fortunate and blessed to be able to do what I do.
OK, you started at five years old. What advice would you give a five year old today?
If I had to give advice to a five year old today, actually, any amateur coming up in the ranks, … keep it fun! It’s got to be fun! Also, have a back up plan. There are a lot of kids that do home schooling, and the only goal they have in life is to be a professional supercross racer.
There are so many factors that can derail you from achieving that. Stay focused on school and racing, and have a healthy balance. But always work on your ‘life’ skills, and have a back up plan as well if racing doesn’t work out for you.
Ultimate advice though – keep it fun.
I hear you’ve been dabbling in video and working on your video skills. Where can we see these Andrew Short videos?
(Laughing) Yeah, I update my website AndrewShort.com http://www.andrewshort.com quite a bit … I just do little video blogs. They are about what I’m up to, what I’m doing, what goes on in my life. I do try and have fun with it – nothing too crazy though.
Can Supercross.com post some of these videos?
Of course! Check ‘em out!
Andrew, thank you as always. Appreciate you and your time!