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Kick (starting) It In Oakland

During the afternoon practice session, Troy Lee Designs Honda rider Jessy Nelson over-jumped one of the triple so badly, that it broke the rivets on his carbon fiber prosthetic thumb. Nelson’s mechanic Eric Gass sprung into action and repaired Nelson’s artificial digit with some glue, tape, and good old fashioned ingenuity.

Though the details of the dissolution of the L&MC Chaparral Honda team are not public knowledge, Andrew Short sprung into damage control mode immediately, and put together a makeshift race effort for himself in a matter of two days. Bikes were provided by a Honda dealership in Texas, and Short enlisted the help of the Kranyak/Dirt Bike Kids Racing team to get them set up and to the races. With team rider Josh Hansen sidelined with the flu, the team agreed. That said, Paul Delaurier and Chris Rhode watched over Short’s machine as he turned in the best performance of his season. Short’s sixth-place showing was impressive, not only because he had less than an hour on the CRF450R prior to the race, but because the largely stock bike was worlds different than the factory bike his former team leased from Honda. “It might as well have been a different brand, it felt so different than what I was racing,” said Short of his new bike. “Everything about it was different, and I was adapting to it more with every lap I raced.” Shorty’s bike had a high compression piston, a Hinson clutch, FMF exhaust, ODI bars, Xtrig clamps, and an enzo racing-tuned KYB PSF fork and shock.

Aside from two small Dunlop stickers on the rear fender, the only sticker that could be found on Short’s “Team 29” bike was from Maas Brothers Powder Coating. We assume that the company offered some sort of financial support for the Oakland round.

Andrew’s Honda had special outer tubes on his otherwise stock KYB PSF forks, which were modified by enzo racing. He was pumped on the performance of his front end.

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