Three months later, aged eight, he was racing a Kawasaki in motocross. A year later he scored his first podium in the British Youth Motocross Championship, with second at Donington Park.
The Ulster and Irish Championships followed swiftly as Andy rose through the classes until the first broken leg of his career put him out of 2006.
This disappointment was quickly forgotten with a year of unbridled success, that would seed his future. He won the BYMC 85cc class, and the Irish and Ulster Championships too. In Ulster, a thirteen year-old Andy was undefeated in seventeen starts.