Since his professional debut in 2007, Trey Canard has established himself as one of the fastest racers in the country, always a threat to win both outdoors and indoors. A serious crash took him out of contention last year, but he's back in 2013, stronger and more determined than ever to dominate the AMA Supercross and Motocross championships aboard his Team Honda Muscle Milk CRF450R.
Despite his ups and downs since turning pro, Canard won the 2008 Supercross Lites East title in only his second full season, and followed that up with the 2010 AMA Motocross Lites Championship. In 2011, he posted three Supercross race wins and was in the hunt for the overall championship when an injury sidelined the rising star.
Canard returned to racing during the 2012 Supercross season, but was injured when another rider landed on him, ultimately knocking him out of all but one race last year. He spent the bulk of the year recovering, training, and was back on the bike as soon as it was possible. "The recovery process went really well," says Canard. "I am extremely thankful to have had my faith and family by my side throughout the entire process."
Canard has been a part of Honda's racing program for many years, during both his amateur and professional careers. He is extremely confident in the team's efforts and is grateful to continue his relationship with Team Honda Muscle Milk. "It is a huge blessing to be back with Team Honda Muscle Milk for the 2013 season," says Canard. "My future was pretty uncertain with the gravity of my injury, and to know that Honda is there for me 100 percent and is confident in my ability to succeed is huge.
"I think what makes Team Honda Muscle Milk one of the strongest teams in the paddock is their commitment to the sport and all the people involved in making each weekend happen. Honda has an extensive history in motocross and have been connected with some of the most influential riders in our sport like David Bailey, Ricky Johnson, Johnny O'Mara, Jeff Stanton, Jeremy McGrath and Ricky Carmichael. They have all accomplished great things and many have changed the sport into what it is today with Honda's support. Also, each person involved in the racing effort is very passionate. They love what they do and they have that inner drive to win races. Everyone works together with the same common goal. It really is a team effort."
When it comes to the all-new 2013 CRF450R, Canard can hardly contain his enthusiasm. "The new Honda CRF450R is really great," he says. "I had a lot of success with the dual exhaust system in my CRF250R in 2008, so to see it being utilized again is really exciting to me. The bike is very light and nimble, which, as a racer, really lets you think outside the box when it comes to choosing different lines. Overall, knowing that I have a bike that can go anywhere I want it to on the track is a huge advantage."
Heading into the 2013 season, Canard believes he has been given all the tools and resources he needs to be on the podium and win races. "I have dreams and goals of winning races and championships and I am confident in my ability to do so," he says, "but the only thing I can really guarantee is my effort. I will put in 100 percent effort no matter what."
That's good news for the Honda Muscle Milk team, bad news for every other rider who has to face the measure of Canard's determination in the heat of battle in 2013.