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Catching Up With Trey Canard
By Donn Maeda
Photos by Chris Kinman
We checked in with Team Honda’s Trey Canard last week to see how he’s healing up after his horrific crash at the Washougal National. Trey refractured his femur and will sit out the remainder of the 450 Nationals, but he’s got an upbeat attitude and is already looking forward to Anaheim 1 2012.
Okay Trey, we are a couple weeks out from the crash at Washougal. How are you feeling, and what is the prognosis?
I am feeling pretty good. This last week was pretty tough, just getting surgery and the whole thing. The whole anesthesia deal is kind of tough for me; usually I spend about three or four days getting over that deal. But everything is good, and I’m trying to have a good attitude about it and make sure I am good rest time and family time. I just am making the best out of what is going on.
You re-fractured the femur with the rod, but it is in a different place, correct?
Yeah, it is definitely a different break. It starts in a different spot, where the lower screw is on my femur from where the rod is, but it goes in a completely different direction. The first one was straight across, but this one is kind of diagonal. It’s just one of those things. I didn’t come back too early, it wasn’t anything a doctor did or anything I did, and it was just a freak deal that happened again. I got the screw taken out last Tuesday and we are going to let it heal and go from there. It should be about a month with no weight bearing, and then slowly progress from there.
Did you know that you broke your femur as soon as you crashed?
Yeah, I knew immediately. I knew the feeling, and I wasn’t in as much pain as I was disappointed. I knew the feeling immediately, because I tried to move my leg and I knew what it felt like, and that was it.
It wasn’t the same jump as three years ago, was it?
No, three years ago was actually in a turn, I hit a lapper right after the finish line. I guess that jump has been pretty notorious for getting a bunch of guys, though.
Do you remember what happened this time?
Oh yeah. I hit my head, but I wasn’t out or anything. It was a weird deal and I didn’t expect it at all. When I scrubbed the jump, my front end touched the lip that little bit and it threw me off-axis enough to hit the ground.
You have had some ups and downs since then, but I have to commend you for your attitude and how you are looking forward to Supercross in 2012. Is it hard to stay positive at times?
Yeah, for sure. Last week I was struggling and super bummed to go through the process again of fixing everything and doing that whole deal. I can’t change it now and I can only learn from it. I look at certain people that have a lot more to deal with, and that is what helps me stay up, that I am a fortunate person and I’m blessed to be able to heal and feel my legs and have the opportunity to race again next year.
How were you feeling in the couple of outdoor rides that you had? Were you up to par or were you making big gains?
Millville was shaky. It was the first 450 race and the first time with the team racing outdoors. We had different suspension settings and I feel like we got better going into Washougal, it definitely felt a lot better at Washougal. In that last moto I was actually feeling really good and was feeling happy with the bike, and I was feeling comfortable on just that one lap that I got to ride. I feeling like I was progressing and was going to be a lot better by the last two or three races.
Last year you were filling in for someone on the 450, and now it looks like Justin Barcia will be filling in for you. How does it feel to be on the opposite side of the coin?
Yeah, that is the plan. It’s cool because I know the opportunities that it brought me and it’s a really cool situation because it is zero pressure on him. I think he can surprise some people and it can help him racing in the 450 class, seeing how the guys race. I think it is cool, and I know he will put in as much effort as they put in, and since we have both guys out, I hope for the best for him.
Thanks for the time Trey. We wish you a complete and speedy recovery and we can’t wait to see you ride this winter.
Thanks man, I appreciate it.