Honda HRC’s Trey Canard will return from a four-race absence this weekend at Round 8 of Lucas Oil Pro Motocross from Millville, Minnesota. According to the team, Canard has been riding the past two weeks in anticipation of a return.
Prior to the High Point National in mid-June Canard crashed at his track in Oklahoma, which resulted in a bulging disc in his neck. As a result of the injury, Canard was experiencing numbness in his arm and hand and was struggling to hold onto the bike as a result.
“I’m excited to be returning to the starting gate this weekend,” Canard said. “After my crash, I didn’t have enough strength to hang onto the bike for a full moto, due to the numbness in my arm and hand, so I felt it was best not to risk it. I’ve been doing whatever I can since then to rehab it in order to get back to racing as soon as possible. Things have gone smoothly since I started riding again about a week and a half ago, so I’m eager to race with these guys.”
Canard’s return is a welcome site to the team, who is also without Cole Seely (pinkie) and has missed the last two Nationals at RedBud and Southwick, and the 450 class in general, which is already without Ryan Dungey, Jason Anderson, Josh Grant, James Stewart, Seely and more. Justin Bogle, who rides for the GEICO Honda team but pits out of the Honda HRC truck, has been the lone 450 rider since Seely went out.
“We’re looking forward to having Trey back at the races,” said Team Honda HRC manager Dan Betley. “We’ve had a tough couple of weeks and even though Justin has shown a lot of speed, scoring four holeshots in a row and his best finish of the year, it will be great to have another rider out there. Trey is extremely determined, so I’m certain it won’t take him long at all to return to form and start battling up front.”
Prior to his injury Canard was fourth in 450MX points with three top five moto finishes through three rounds. He's been fast at Millville through the years, winning the 250 overall in 2010, finishing on the 450 podium in 2011, and narrowly being edged for the overall win by James Stewart in 2013.