Spy’s Canard charges from back-of-the-pack to place 4th in a main event that has his Torco/Honda teammate, Josh Grant, on the podium in 2nd place overall
CARLSBAD, Calif., (April 8, 2008) – Spy Optic’s Trey Canard (Torco/Honda) took another big step in his quest to secure the overall Eastern Regional Supercross Lites class title, this past weekend in Dallas coming through the pack in pursuit of the race leaders – including Spy Optic-backed teammate Josh Grant (2nd) – and salvaging some valuable points for 4th place despite a first lap bobble.
Spy Optic also enjoyed, at it always does, a whole host of racers in the premier Supercross class main event, including: Kevin Windham (Torco/Honda) 4th, Andrew Short (Honda) 6th, Nick Wey (MDK/KTM) 14th, Dusty Klatt (Cernic’s/Kawasaki) 16th and Jeff Gibson (Cernic’s/Kawasaki) 18th.
Opening up the evening’s main event on a high note for Spy Optic was Grant, who pulled the $1,000 Progressive Direct holeshot in the Lites class main event and led the race for the first several laps before seceding the lead to Ryan Villopoto. What was good for Grant at the start was bad for teammate Canard as the rookie Eastern Lites class points leader came around in near last place at the end of the first lap.
Grant would continue to race strong through the checkers of the 15-lap main event, securing a 2nd place overall podium finish. “My Torco Fuels/Honda was definitely fast,” he said. “I came into a turn and stalled it, did what I could to salvage 2nd. I’m excited about getting to Detroit and getting on top of the podium.”
For his near last to 4th effort Canard maintains a fairly comfortable 17-point lead over Villopoto, 111-94, with two races remaining on the Eastern Lites schedule (Detroit & St. Louis). And wrapping up the Dallas Lites class for Spy Optic - with a fine 11th place ride - was Utah’s Gray Davenport (Triple Effect/Kawasaki).
In the premier Supercross class, Windham was on it early, winning the second heat race by more than ten seconds over points leader Chad Reed. All signs seemed to point towards a classic main event, but poor start (by Windham’s standards) had him rushing to just get into the top ten during the first lap. Soon thereafter Reed, Josh Hill and Davi Millsaps had built a lead and set a pace on the difficult-to-pass track that Windham would not be able to overcome.
As it stands Reed now has a full race lead over Windham, 27 points (287-260), with four races remaining on the schedule.
Next up for the Spy Optic racers on the Monster Energy Supercross tour is the Saturday, April 12th Detroit Supercross at Ford Field, Round 14 of Monster Energy Supercross.