The latest generation of rookie pro talent knows wins must come early for them to come often. Ryan Dungey won the first AMA Supercross he entered last year even though he was so young that even Roger DeCoster originally didn’t expect him to win races until his sophomore season. Now Trey Canard is sharing that rare air, winning his first AMA Supercross start Saturday night in Atlanta. He didn’t wait at all. Canard put in the fastest lap time of anyone in the very first Lites practice session, then he won his heat race and the main, leading every single lap along the way. That’s simply amazing.
Perhaps Canard’s secret is that he was once one of those riders who used to be finish in the top five, and he refused to accept that. Two years ago he stepped up his game big and starting winning at the amateur level—he dug himself out of a hole very few riders can get out of. He wasn’t about to put himself behind again at the pro level. He came in expecting to win, and he did. Now that he has started his pro career on top, expect him to stay there for a long, long time.