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Andrew Short, a Colorado native, will be competing in the AMA Motocross Championship at Thunder Valley.

( Reza A.

Marvashti, The Denver Post )They say home-court advantage can make all the difference.

For Andrew Short, coming back to Colorado to race in round five of the AMA Pro Motocross Championship could be his chance to get his first win on the track.

Short, 26, grew up in Colorado Springs and started racing when he was 5 years old.

Now, after finishing third in both the motocross and supercross standings for the past two years, Short is looking to crack into those top two spots.

He currently sits third this season.

"This is a great place for me to get my first win," Short said Friday, sitting under his sponsor's tent at Thunder Valley Motocross Park.

"I've always had good speed at this track, and there's an extra boost of support because of the family and friends.

The fans show me a lot of love here." Short's father was a motocross racer, and the young tyke wanted to be just like his pop, so he started riding anything that had two wheels.

After racing as an amateur across the country (which is how he met his wife, Jacki, who was also a motocross racer), Short turned pro in 2000.

After a few tough seasons in the Lites division, Short was able to jump to the 450 class in 2007.

Since his transition, Short has continued to move up in the standings and prove his worth in motocross and supercross events.

His hard-working attitude helped get him this far, but he needs that extra push to snag his first career win.

"I'm always known as really consistent," Short said.

"But everyone always says the downside of me is that I've never stepped up and had a good race.

I have a lot of ideas on how to get there." Short didn't elaborate on what those plans might be.

But his manager, Erik Kehoe, thinks that a win here for the Colorado native would be a big boost for Short's morale.

"I know that he is always pumped up when he comes here," Kehoe said.

"I think he would really enjoy (a win here)." Short hasn't been at the very top of the standings for lack of trying.

Considered one of the most fit riders, Short has had the most combined points out of the entire supercross and motocross field for the past two years.

Riders have dubbed him the "Ironman" for his dominance and the "Smiling Assassin" for his pearly whites and dedication to winning.

So when the lights go on tonight at Thunder Valley, Short is ready to race.

He's excited to be back in his home state.

"I'm happy to race under the lights because I believe it's a better show for the fans and for Colorado because it just adds some electricity to the air," Short said.

"Literally, it has a little buzz to the air." Anica Wong: 303-954-1720 or [email protected]

http://www.denverpost.com/sports/ci_12701279
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