Another setback for Trey Canard. Red Bull KTM has announced that he will sit out the remaining portion of the 2017 Monster Energy Supercross Series due to a virus that has kept him from full health over the last few weeks. With only four rounds left in the schedule, Canard and the team have decided that the extra time will help him overcome the fatigue he is experiencing and then prepare for the upcoming Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship. Canard’s season started out rough with a crash in practice at the opening round which forced him to withdraw from that night’s main event and four following races. He returned to action at Arlington, but then missed two more rounds after a hit to the head at Toronto and the early effects of illness at Daytona.
Canard’s top finish this season was an eighth at Minneapolis and he is ranked twentieth in the championship standings as the series comes into round thirteen this weekend.
The full press release from Red Bull KTM, including statements from Canard and team manager Roger DeCoster, is posted below…
Red Bull KTM Factory Team rider Trey Canard announced today that he will miss the remainder of the AMA Supercross Series after struggling with a virus the past few weeks.
Given that Canard is not in championship contention the team and he feels it is best that he sit out the remainder of the Supercross season in order to focus on getting healthy for the outdoor series which will start in May.
Canard: "I am extremely saddened to sit out the rest of the series; it has been a disappointing season for me to say the least. I've been dealing with severe fatigue issues and need to figure my body out so that I can race at 100% not only for myself, but for everyone who continues to support me. Competing at the level we do requires you to be at your healthiest in order to remain competitive and safe on the track. I just don't feel like I'm there and I think its best I fully recover so I can give the outdoor series my undivided attention. I want to thank everyone for being so understanding and assure those who continue to believe in me that I will do everything within my power to be at my very best as soon as possible."
Red Bull KTM Factory Team Manager, Roger De Coster stated, "We fully support Trey's decision to focus on getting healthy and turn his effort toward being ready for the motocross season. We look forward to being able to get an early start on motocross testing with Trey to make sure he along with his teammates have their KTM 450 SX-F's dialed-in from the start of the series."