Catching Up With… Trey Canard

In case you’ve been living under a rock for the past couple of months, you should already know that Geico Powersports Honda pilot Trey Canard broke his femur at the Washougal National. Well, we ran into the 2008 East Coast Lites Region champion this weekend at the U.S. Open; Canard is finally free of crutches and now sporting a minor pimp limp. We caught up with Trey this afternoon to get the lowdown on his leg and when he plans on returning to the track.

Looking back on your first full season as a professional, how do you feel things went for you?

Obviously things started out really well, and I was able to learn a lot of good things. However, once we started the outdoor season, things didn’t go so well for me. I really think I had a rollercoaster type season. Things started off really well, then it was bad, then it was awesome, and then it was bad again. Overall, however, I believe it was a good year.

Do you think that you put more pressure on yourself coming into the outdoor season since you were fresh off your Supercross championship?
Yes and no. Obviously I wanted to win the outdoors as well, but I had some bad races, and I wasn’t fully prepared for the Nationals. I think I had too much emphasis on myself, and I was struggling to get back to the basics. I just needed to get back on my game.

What exactly happened when you broke your femur at Washougal?

It was the last lap of the second moto, and I came together with a lapper. It was one of those freak things, you know? It was such a silly crash, and it could’ve happened 20 more times and I wouldn’t have broken my femur. I guess it was one of those things that were just meant to happen…second gear crash (laughs). In the long run, it’ll be a good thing; so I need to try and turn it into a positive.

You’re obviously walking around this weekend without crutches, so when will we see Trey Canard back in action?
I’d like to be back on the bike in about a month, but I just need to be smart and play it by ear.

Are we going to see you running the big number one plate in 2009?
Actually, I want to ride West Coast Supercross. Hopefully you’ll see the number 39 at Anaheim 1

Why West Coast Supercross?
I’ve never ridden West Coast Supercross before, and I’d like to get some experience on that coast and maybe do something good.