The defending ESX Lites champ wins a wild one in Utah, comes from back in the pack and battles bar-to-bar with Jake Weimer to win by less than a second!
Carlsbad, Calif., (April 27, 2009) - What a finish to the end of the WSX Lites Season! Unbound Energy supercross racer Trey Canard (Geico Powersports/Honda), the defending ESX champion, topped the entire WSX field at Salt Lake City's Rice-Eccles Stadium, coming from behind to win the final WSX round heading into this weekend's Dave Coombs Sr. Lites Shoot Out at Vegas' Sam Boyd Stadium.
"It's great to get a win finally," said Canard. "I am so pumped."
Coming back from a gnarly leg injury last summer, only to suffer one of the season's more spectacular wrecks earlier in the WSX Lites season (Phoenix), Canard stepped up when it counted and now takes all that momentum from winning the final WSX round into the big East/West Shoot Out this weekend.
"Everyone at Unbound Energy would like to congratulate Trey on his outstanding performance at Salt Lake City on Saturday," said Unbound Energy's Jon Bratta. "Trey showed the true fire and determination of a champion in charging past some of the world's top established and up-and-coming supercross racers in earning the victory. We certainly wish Trey and his Unbound Energy-backed teammates the best of luck this weekend at the Vegas finals!"
Canard opened the weekend's competition by posting the third-fastest qualifying practice time (:56.005), then rocketed out to the holeshot in the second heat race - avoiding a pile up with fellow competitor Kyle Cunningham that almost took Canard down as well.
Putting in fast lap after fast lap in his heat, Canard beat eventual WSX champ Ryan Dungey to the checkers - recording his second heat race win of the season. "This was awesome for myself and the team," said Canard after his heat race win. "Tonight's gonna take some more of that - consistent laps all night," he added on what it'll take to win the Lites main.
In the SLC Lites main Canard nearly lost it early when he came thisclose to landing on another rider, but was able to regroup and moved up to 6th place by the third lap. By the fifth lap Canard had moved up to within striking distance of Michael Blose, who was running in 3rd place behind Dungey and Jake Moss. Canard would pressure Blose, then passed him with a spectacular move where he dove bomb the finish line landing area and railed his CRF250R into the tight right-hand turn at the jump's exit.
When Moss went down, Canard moved into 2nd behind Dungey - then utilized the same move that got him past Blose to set up and pass Dungey for the lead. Hot on Canard's tail was Jake Weimer - and the two would battle bar-to-bar down the last straight, Tuff Blocks flying, as Canard held off Weimer to the last corner and finish line - winning by less than a second!
Overall both Canard and his Unbound Energy-backed Geico Powersports/ Honda teammate, Dan Reardon, both finished in the top ten overall in the WSX standings (Canard 6th, Reardon 9th).
The Unbound Energy-backed Geico Powersports/Honda team comes together this weekend with all four racers - Canard, Reardon, Blake Wharton and Daniel Blair - contesting the annual East/West Dave Coombs Lites Shoot Out at Vegas' Sam Boyd Stadium - the final round of 2009 Monster Energy/AMA Supercross. For more information on supercross visit www.supercrosssonline.com And for the latest reports and features on the Geico Powersports/Honda Team - fueled by Unbound Energy - check back often to www.unboundenergy.com
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