To most, the name Trey Canard may not ring a bell.After making his professional debut at MillvilleMinnesota, Trey finished fourth place in moto two.Trey continued to turn heads by consistently finishinginside the top ten at the last three nationals on thecircuit, and proving he is going to be a force to bereckoned with in the future. The last time we sawTorco Racing Fuels/Honda rider Trey Canard he wasclimbing the monstrous mountains of Glen HelenRaceway. Since then we haven’t heard to much of him,so we decided to catch up with Trey to see what he hasbeen up to this off season and how is preparing forhis very first supercross race in Atlanta.
TW: Trey, what has been going on with you since welast saw you at Glen Helen?
TC: Not much. After Glen Helen, I took a three weekbreak, and then came out to California to do somesupercross testing. I broke my collar bone five weeksinto riding. I was off the bike for another five weeksgetting healed up, and I just started riding againlast week! I’m just trying to get ready for Atlanta!
TW: How did you break your collar bone?
TC: It was just another day at the Honda test track. Iwas going through the whoop section and I dropped myfront end in them. I was sent over the bars, flyingthrough the air, and I landed right on my face(laughs). It was gnarly.
TW: Did you say that you’re back on the bike?
TC: Yeah! I just started riding again last week.
TW: How is that going? Do you feel good?
TC: I feel pretty good. I’m just trying to shake outthe cob webs and get back into the flow of things.
TW: Where is home for you right now?
TC: I’m in California right now. I plan on going backeast in a few weeks so I can ride on some good soil.
TW: What do you think of California so far?
TC: It’s crazy! I’m living with my mechanic, but it’sthe first time I’ve ever been on my own. I have to doall of my laundry, buy groceries, and all of that goodstuff. It’s different compared to being back home inOklahoma, but it’s been cool.
TW: Looking back at the last four nationals you raced,are you happy about what you accomplished?
TC: I was pretty happy about how things went. Iwouldn’t say that I was ecstatic, but thingsdefinitely could have been worse. My goal for the lastfour races was to learn and prepare for the followingseason. I feel like I’ve accomplished that andlearning how the system works.
TW: Compared to racing in the amateur ranks, what’s itlike racing with the best in the world?
TC: It’s definitely crazy, man! As an amateur, thereare always four or five fast guys. Racingprofessionally, once you get the fastest forty ridersfrom the qualifiers, everybody is within five secondsof each other! If you don’t get a good start it’spretty hard to work your way up to the front.
TW: What was the biggest thing that you were able tolearn while racing the last few nationals?
TC: Racing is racing. I think the main thing I wasable to learn was how everything works, pitting out ofthe semi, being in a team environment, and getting useto how all of the riders go wide open from lap one tothe checkered flag.
TW: Being on a very well respected team, is there alot of pressure on you to do well?
TC: Not necessarily. The only real pressure comes frommyself. No one has come up to me and told me that Ihave to do this or I have to do that. I’m sure theywant me to do well, but like I said, the only pressureis coming from me.
TW: Looking into the future, your fans have never seenyou on a supercross track. What should they expect tosee from you, and what are you expecting from yourselfcoming into your very first supercross season?
TC: I think they should expect to see Trey Canard. I’mstill the same guy I’ve always been; it’s just goingto be a different format. It’s a track, it’s dirt, andwe all have to deal with the same obstacles. What do Iexpect from myself? I expect to ride to the best of myability and learn as much as I can racing supercross.As long as I can do that, I’ll be happy.
TW: Diid you have a preference as to what coast youwanted to ride, or were you up for either one?
TC: Not really. Nobody had said much to me about it. Iassumed I would be riding the East Coast, and sureenough, that’s where I’ll be racing. Honestly, I wouldhave been fine with riding either coast.
TW: Every supercross track has triples, rhythmsections, and whoops. For you, what has been thebiggest challenge on the track?
TC: Personally, it has been the whoop section for me.They are gnarly, and you have to learn how to gothrough them without being scared.
TW: Do you fast guys approach a whoop section infourth gear (laughs)?
TC: (Laughs) I don’t. I’m working on that!
TW: What’s your training program like, Trey? Anycheeseburgers and sodas incorporated into your diet?
TC: I have some cheeseburgers and soda here and there.I’m kidding (laughs). I just do a lot of riding and goto the gym. I have a gnarly workout schedule, so I amdefinitely feeling prepared for Atlanta.
TW: Seeing as how the Torco Racing Fuels/Honda team isnow sponsored by DVS Shoe Company, have you had theprivilege of working with Dano?
TC: (Laughs) That guy is so awesome!
TW: He’s quite the character, isn’t he?
TC: Definitely! He’s really funny.
TW: Is it cool going out to the test track and gettingtips from riders like Ivan Tedesco, Andrew Short, andeven Jeremy McGrath?
TC: Everyone has been so helpful. They will approachme and let me know if they see something I’m doingwrong and what I should do to correct the problem.They are approachable and always willing to offeradvice if I ask for it. Even my teammates Dan Reardon,Josh Grant, and Jake Weimer have been nothing buthelpful. Everyone has been awesome to me!
TW: Is there one person out of everybody that standsout the most to you when it comes to needing advice onthe track?
TC: Nobody really stands out to me. They’ve all beenequally great towards me. I’ve never felt left out.
TW: Thank you for your time, Trey, and good luck thisseason!
TC: Thanks! Take care.