Canard’s focus will have to shift to the outdoor motocross season now that he’s sidelined with a broken leg.
Factory Honda Supercross racer Trey Canard has broken his femur while testing for outdoor motocross and will miss the remainder of the SX championship. Reports came out late last night and were confirmed today with an official release from Honda. Following the early season injury of Josh Grant, this leaves Honda without a factory presence in the 450cc Supercross division.
“Trey suffered a non-displaced fracture to his femur when he crashed at a team test,” said American Honda Racing Team Manager, Erik Kehoe in the press release. “The good news is that the fracture is not as severe as it might have been. We are hopeful Trey’s return to racing will come soon. It’s very disappointing to see him get hurt, especially after the fantastic Supercross season he’s having. In his rookie season he’s won three Supercross races and was in the championship points chase with three rounds to go. He will miss the remaining Supercross rounds, so the team will focus on our preparations for the upcoming Motocross series where both Trey and Josh Grant will make their returns to racing.”
As indicated by Kehoe, while no femur injury is comfortable, the small fracture that Canard suffered is not a worst-case scenario. Some estimates have him returning to action within 3-4 weeks rather than 3-4 months. The Fly Racing –sponsored rider was having a stellar rookie SX season that was backing up the preposterous part-time showing he demonstrated in 2010. Unfortunately, the title chase that was shaping up to be one of the best in history is now just a tad shallower. With TC out of the picture, Ryan Villopoto, Ryan Dungey, Chad Reed and James Stewart are left to battle it out with three rounds left.