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aprile 06, 2016 - Honda Racing

Top-five finish for Canard in Santa Clara

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 With teammate Cole Seely sidelined due to injuries sustained in a practice crash last week, #treycanard was the sole Team Honda HRC rider at round 12 in Santa Clara's Levi's Stadium. After getting off to a mid-pack start and charging though the field, Canard rode to a fifth-place finish in the 20-lap main #event. Meanwhile, fellow Red Rider Justin Bogle, of GEICO Honda, led in the race's early going and eventually scored a sixth-place result, his best of the season so far.

NOTES

  • Two days before the #santaclara race, Cole Seely suffered a hard crash while practicing at Southern California's Milestone MX and chipped off a piece of his C7 vertebra. Seely didn't travel to #santaclara, and although his prognosis is not definitive, he's currently expected to return in two to four weeks.
  • The evening before the race, Team Honda HRC's #treycanard, along with GEICO Honda riders Justin Bogle, Christian Craig, Jimmy DeCotis and Jordan Smith, visited Fremont Honda to hang out with fans and sign autographs. Before leaving, Canard pulled raffle tickets for six lucky fans, each of whom left with a set of tickets and pit passes for Saturday's race, provided by Honda.
  • After checking out the dirt during the morning's designated track walk, Canard opted to run hand guards on his CRF450R. "The dirt was pretty bad," said mechanic Brent Presnell. "There were so many rocks, I knew we'd be putting hand guards on. It was almost like Vegas."
  • For the first time, Canard opted to race while wearing Asterisk's AC System, which is designed to open up a rider's nostrils. "I ran them once at home for the first time and really liked them, so I decided today that I wanted to run them for the race too," Canard explained. "They were great. They really open up your breathing."
  • The #santaclara track showcased some of the lowest lap times seen so far this season. Canard was impressive throughout the day's qualifying practice, securing the second-fastest time with a blistering 43.563 seconds. He was one of only three riders to drop into the 43-second mark. Bogle was ninth with a 44.686-second time.
  • Canard was forced to transfer to the main #event via the semi race, but he used the opportunity to lay down his fastest lap time of the night: 43.053 seconds.
  • This week, the series heads to Indianapolis for round 13. On Friday, the Honda Red Riders will make an appearance at Westfield Powersports from 6 to 7:30 p.m. to sign autographs and hang out with fans.

THE FOCUS: Back in the Saddle

After competing for 11 consecutive weekends, the racers used spring break to refocus and recover for the final stretch of the series. "It was great to have a weekend off," #treycanard said. "It was a good opportunity to spend some time at home with family without having to travel. Our schedules are so hectic each weekend—we're always riding and then hopping a plane—that it was cool to just relax and not worry about getting on a plane."

Unsurprisingly, Canard didn't spend all of the extra time with his feet propped up. "Although we had the weekend off, it didn't mean the work completely stopped," he said. "This was a great opportunity to regroup, focus on things we need to do, and try to come back strong in the final races of the series."

QUOTES

Trey Canard
Tonight wasn't bad. I got in a first-turn crash in my heat race, so that started things off a little rough, but I had a decent main. My start was actually okay, but then I got shuffled back in the beginning. Overall, I just need to get a better start, which I keep saying, but if I can figure it out I know I can run with those guys. All in all it was a good day though—getting the best time in one of the practices, second overall in combined qualifying times, and I just felt good all day. We made some changes to the bike before Detroit, and I'm really happy with how everything is working right now. I just need to have the results that reflect that.

Dan Betley: Team Manager
I sound like a broken record, but we were solid all through the day again and just didn't have the start in the main #event. Trey ended up turning the fastest lap of the entire day in his semi race, which was awesome, but another bad start left him fighting from the back. I felt like he was more aggressive during the day than he's been all season and was #racing like the old Trey. He has the speed, so there's no question there; we just need to put it all together. Bogle got a great start in the main #event, which was awesome, but he's still working on getting fully up to speed. We did some suspension changes to his bike this week, so it was definitely an improvement. He's making progress and there are a lot of positives to take away from tonight.

Brent Presnell: Mechanic (Trey Canard)
The night was good. Trey was fast all day but again didn't get a start in the main #event. His start was better though, for how far outside he was. He actually got a pretty decent jump and I think came around the first turn top-six maybe, but was shuffled back to around 10th. He was riding really well and was right on fourth when he took the checkered flag. If he had even just one or two more laps, he would've made the pass. I think in the beginning it took him a few laps to find a rhythm and get by certain guys, but once he did he was running lap times comparable with the leaders. He was just too far back and ran out of time. He's healthy so we just have to move on to next weekend.

Media contact:
Mandie Fonteyn // Dispatch Communications // mandie@dispatchco.com // +1 (951) 537-0454

450SX Results
1) Ryan Dungey
2) Ken Roczen
3) Jason Anderson
4) Chad Reed
5) Trey Canard
6) Justin Bogle
7) Eli Tomac
8) Weston Peick
9) Jacob Weimer
10) Blake Baggett

450SX Championship Points (after 12 of 17 rounds)
1) Ryan Dungey 278
2) Ken Roczen 236
3) Jason Anderson 220
4) Eli Tomac 200
5) Marvin Musquin 182
6) Chad Reed 178
7) Cole Seely 173
8) Justin Brayton 136
9) Trey Canard 120
10) Davi Millsaps 105

15) Justin Bogle 68

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