Honda announced today that Team Honda HRC’s Trey Canard will compete at the final round of the All Japan MX National Championship on October 25 at Sportsland Sugo in Sendai, Japan. Joining Canard will be recently crowed MX2 FIM World Motocross Champion Tim Gajser.
Both riders will race the IA1 Class (450) at the event.
“I’m extremely excited for this opportunity to race in Japan,” Canard said. “I’ve raced in Europe before but never there, so it will definitely be a different experience. I’m looking forward to the actual race but more than anything I’m really excited to meet the people that make my job possible. They have supported me throughout my entire professional racing career, so to be able to visit and show my gratitude will be very special.”
“I’m really glad that we have Trey Canard racing in Japan for the first time, at Sugo,” said Keisuke Inomoto, HRC representative director. “We’re hoping he can show the young Japanese riders how the AMA riders ride, and that they can learn from him in order to bring Japanese motocross to a higher level again.”
“I’m really excited to see Trey racing in Japan for the first time,” said Sam Mishima, Honda motorcycle sports manager. “I’m sure he’ll have a good time there and hopefully get some good results too.”
Last year, Yamalube/Star Racing Yamaha’s Cooper Webb also raced the final round of the All Japan MX National Championship, winning the IA1 class. You can read an interview with Webb about his trip to Japan here.