Sunday, August 2, 2015

Fitting In...John Short.

Get in where you fit in. A common issue with a lot of privateers is a sense of belonging on the highest stage of the sport. As racers struggle to make a name for themselves, consistency is key.

John Short from Pilot Point, Texas is in his rookie season of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship. Short missed out on racing Supercross in 2015 after suffering an injury and coming off of a short but credible amateur career.

Like almost all motocross stories begin, 20 year old John Short got his first bike, a PW50 at just 3 years old. He became hooked as a child when his dad would give him rides on his CR250. "We have always shared that bond." John wouldn't begin racing as an amateur until 2010. He'd collect a 4th overall at Loretta Lynn's in the 450 B modified class and a Mini O's Open B championship in 2012.  He'd gain many podium finishes at Spring Nationals and end his amateur career in 2014 with 5th overall in Open Pro Sport at Loretta's.

Photo: Motopony Photography

Short is now proving himself in the pro ranks and is showing the consistency that so many struggle with. He joined the series at round 3 in Lakewood. He had scored points at every round heading in to Washougal where he missed out on points by one spot with a 21st in moto 2. 

Currently sitting 32nd in 450 class points, John wants and is capable of more. He is yet to score points in both motos of an event but scored a career best 15th at Budds Creek. His most impressive ride came in moto 2 at Millville where he'd fight from 40th to 16th. Impressive for a privateer! Once he can eliminate some mistakes he feels confident in overall finishes inside the top 15.

Privateers like John take on many roles. Something he credits as his biggest struggle. Driving to races without a mechanic and fitting in cooking, cleaning and training makes it hard to perform on the weekends. "In the long run it's all worth it though to live your dream."

Fitness is on John's side and something very cool came up in our conversation regarding his training. He does not use a training facility, yet when he's back home in Texas he spends time at Wise Regional Hospital in Decatur. They have a motocross specific program started by Tad Montgomery that is second to none. Their gym caters to motocross racers and they even have a group of medics who attend local amateur races with a physician and even an on site X-Ray machine. The gym is ran by Beau Boynton, who also helps John through the week and is a key part of John's success.

Thankful for knowledge shared by buddy and training partner Mitch Oldenburg, he is also surrounded by motivating friends and family. His parents and girlfriend Ashley, Malcolm Jackson, Austin Kent, Andrew Wagner, Chase Perry, his Grandpa Steve and more. He is also very grateful of the Morris family and the Mcwhorter's.

Sponsored by ACM Services, Fly Racing, Scott, OCD Graphics, Mika Metals, DT1, Sidi, Atlas Brace, Mcwhorter Racing, CP Trucking, Gainesville Powersports Services, Adrenaline MX, Motorex, Beau Boynton MX Training, Fit-N-Wise, Merge Racing, Oakhill Raceway and A Ary Co.

Keep your eye out for the 253 machine of John short. "Thank you to the fans that come out to the races and support us, it means a lot."

Photo: Melanie Lock

Follow John on Instagram @johnshort253

-Kyle Pesci


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