|ROCKSTAR ENERGY HUSQVARNA FACTORY RACING RIDER SITS THIRD OVERALL AFTER SECOND RALLY STAGE|
|Andrew Short continues to impress at the 2019 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge, posting the third fastest time on a tricky stage two of the rally. As the second rider to head into the 222-kilometre timed special, the American rider immediately set about chasing down the leader.|
With only one set of tracks ahead of him in the sand, Andrew had to rely on his ever-increasing rally experience to navigate through the featureless Liwa desert. Ultimately catching the leading competitor 20 kilometres before the stage finish, the Husqvarna FR 450 Rally-mounted rider posted a stage time less than three minutes down on the day two winner. Despite incurring a one-minute speed penalty – his first ever in rally competition – Short still lies third in the provisional overall standings.
Totalling 520.66 kilometres, tomorrow’s stage includes a gruelling 297.97-kilometre timed special in the Liwa dunes of the United Arab Emirates.
Andrew Short: “Today’s stage was very similar to yesterday, but I was riding by myself for the majority of the day. I was able to use the tracks in the sand to my advantage and managed to keep to a good pace. It was a bit tough out there battling against the wind once again but I’m happy with how I rode. It seems I got my first speed penalty today since I started rally, which isn’t good. Hopefully as the days continue, I can push the tracks and gain more positions.”
2019 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge – Stage 2 Provisional Classification
2019 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge – Overall Provisional Classification After Stage 2