Photos and Words by Mike Emery | @emeryphoto
It was a pleasant surprise to see the orange Red Bull KTM with a number 41 parked out at Pala Raceway yesterday, as friendly Oklahoma rider Trey Canard has been missing from action these past few rounds of Supercross. With a over a year of setbacks and injuries, himself and the team actually decided to hit the reset button and sit out the final rounds of Supercross to focus on outdoors. As the season approaches, Trey has spent some time out west to test and yesterday Pala practice was another day in the office for him. Always optimistic even though his year has been far less than what he hoped, he was still happy to chat with us for a few minutes before heading back out to spin more laps.
What's up, Trey? Nice to see you out here spinning some outdoor laps today…
Yeah, I came out here last week – we had our first outdoor test at Zaca Station MX. I'm just hanging out here with Jade [Dungey, his mechanic], and I'll go back home to Oklahoma next week.
So you're year has been a bumpy one to say the least, and you hit the reset button a few weeks back to focus on the outdoor series, correct?
Yeah, I mean the last two years have been pretty difficult, you know? All in all though I still can't complain, I'm still able to race a motorcycle and have fun doing it. My Supercross season was just one thing after another, I couldn't get going. It was just so hard to keep going and be out there and be safe. I talked to the team and we decided we should just hit the reset button and get ready for outdoors.
Dive into what it's like to even miss one round with injury – it really goofs up your flow, right?
Yeah, take Cooper [Webb] – he missed a few rounds with his shoulder and when he came back he ran 13th or 14th place or something like that. It's just difficult, and for me I got sick during part of it, I hit my head during part of it, I was dealing with my shoulder stuff. It just got to the point where I didn't feel productive and I didn't feel safe.
And getting a head start on outdoors is always a good thing, right?
Yeah! Getting some time under me you know? During the week in Supercross it was so hard to catch up that I would almost go backwards. Hopefully I'll get some good seat time underneath me and be healthy and ready for the outdoors.
You mentioned the Zaca testing, and there were a lot of teams up there – discuss why that's such a huge help.
It was awesome, man. We had like six teams, so it was cool. You see that in road racing all the time, so it was cool for all of us to be able to ride together and got the track a realistic kind of rough, which was really cool. You know you can come out here to Pala or somewhere like this but it's not the same kind of rough – we get a lot bigger bumps, a lot bigger ruts, and it was nice to have that to test on.
Where are you riding back in Oklahoma?
Our main spot we're riding at is Reynard's, and also some other local spots around the area.
Did you end up selling your property in Oklahoma then?
Yeah, I did.
But you see yourself being an Oklahoma guy for the long haul?
Oh yeah. I was in Florida for a little but I wanted to be at home and I feel like that's where I'm happy so I want to stay!
Perfect, we will see you at Hangtown!
Alright, thank you!