The night after the AMA Supercross series concluded Trey Canard hobbled onto the stage with crutches to accept the Rookie of the Year award for the Supercross class. Canard, who broke his femur in a practice crash on April 14, won three main events and finished fifth in overall points. His injury happened with three rounds remaining in the series and while he was in contention for the championship. Despite the injury, Canard said he was honored to take the award, especially since he missed out on the AMA's Rookie award due to injury during his first year as a pro in 2008.
"It's something I've always wanted to achieve," he said. "It's been a goal of mine and to have that honor is huge." Winning three main events in his first year was, he admits, also pretty sweet. "I wouldn't say I expected it but I wanted to win [at least] one race. That was a goal. With three wins I obviously surpassed that."
Canard's injury was a non-displaced fracture and Honda Team Manager Erik Kehoe originally predicted his rider would miss the first two rounds of the AMA Motocross Championship season, which kicks off on May 21 in Sacramento, Calif. On May 12, Canard said he isn't going to push it and he's only coming back if he's ready to win.
"I think at this point there is a lot more that I could lose compared to what I could gain," Canard said. "Obviously I want to be out there for my team and my sponsors and for myself but I think there is more opportunity to go backwards than forward. If we set our sights on the back half of the series I think that's a pretty realistic time frame."
Team Honda was testing for the upcoming AMA Motocross series at Competitive Edge MX Park when Canard was injured last month. Canard said they were trying out different sets of forks and he overshot a big jump and landed sideways in a braking bump, breaking spokes in his front wheel. "I was lucky to get away with just a fractured femur," he said. "It was one of those crashes that could have been worse."
Canard is down to one crutch now and said he hopes to try to get back on the bike within four weeks.