TORRANCE, Calif. (May 22, 2015) – Team Honda HRC rider Trey Canard learned during a recent doctor appointment that his hiatus from racing will have to be extended. The Oklahoman broke his left arm in a crash at the March 21 Detroit Supercross and had a carbon-fiber plate applied to the broken bone during an operation on March 24. Canard will return to the doctor in two weeks to be reexamined.
Beginning at round three of the AMA Pro Motocross Championship in Lakewood, Colorado, MotoSport.com/GPI Honda rider Fredrik Noren will substitute aboard Canard's factory Honda CRF450R. The Swede, who also served in a similar role with the factory team during the latter part of the 2014 season, will pit under the Team Honda HRC tent through the June 13 High Point National in Mt. Morris, Pennsylvania, after which the situation will be reevaluated based on Canard's status. Noren also serves as the official test rider for Team Honda HRC.
Quote from Dan Betley, Team Manager
"It’s very unfortunate that Trey will not be returning as quickly as we had anticipated, but we're pleased to have a solid fill-in rider like Freddie on standby for situations like this. We're staying hopeful that Trey will be released to ride following his next doctor appointment, but nothing is definite at this point and we're going to be playing it week by week. Until that happens, Freddie will be under our awning. He's comfortable on the bike and we're looking to help him progress.
Quote from Fredrik Noren
"The relationship I have with Honda is awesome. Everyone on the racing team is great, and I'm very thankful for the opportunities they've given me. I'm happy to get another chance to fill in on the team, but I'm also bummed because it means Trey is hurt; I'd rather have him out there racing too. I'm looking forward to giving my best effort and to working together with the team to keep improving."