Trey Canard Interview At Anaheim Supercross 2016

We caught up with A1 Supercross' fastest qualifier, Trey Canard, about his off-season and thoughts on the 2016 season.

Trey Canard at 2016 Supercross Press Conference in Anaheim, California.
HRC rider Trey Canard talks about his off-season and gives us his thoughts on the 2016 Monster Energy AMA Supercross series.Photo by Shan Moore

Trey Canard turned the fastest lap time in qualifying for this weekend’s opening round of the Monster Energy AMA Supercross Series in Anaheim’s Angel Stadium. However, the HRC Honda rider tangled with Ryan Dungey while battling for a podium position in the 450 main event and dropped off the pace, eventually finishing in seventh position.

Canard looked fast and confident in practice, so we spoke with the mild mannered Oklahoman before the night program to find out about his off-season and his thoughts on the 2016 season.

Q: How was your off-season?

A: I had a really good off-season. I got to spend it at home, which is a change. I'm normally in Florida or California but this year we had really good weather at home and I was happy to be there. I had a great off-season. I feel like it's a broken record for everyone. The bike's great, the team's the best it's been, the bike's the best it's been… But really I just feel like it's been a good solid few months.

Q: Riding at home, is it hard to push yourself when you're not riding with your teammates?

A: No, pushing myself has never been an issue. Pushing myself too much is the issue. I push myself really hard and I'm not very easy with myself too often. I feel like it was better for me to be home than anywhere else.

Q: Obviously you've had a lot of injuries. Has your strategy changed going into this year? Do you approach the season any differently, maybe taking the first few rounds easy and get through that and see how it goes?

A: No. Honestly I'm just tired of being known as the guy who gets hurt. Everyone gets hurt in this sport. I've had some notable injuries and really I just want to go racing. I want to go try to win the race. I'm not going to go crazy and ruin everything in this first round but I'm not going to go tiptoe either. You're more likely to get hurt if you're pulling yourself back and not making good decisions and not taking the risk. I almost get tired of that question.

Q: What are the big differences between the bike from last year to this year?

A: It's a good question because there's always a lot of talk of things we change and things that are different. I really like the fact that we didn't change a lot this year. We fine-tuned and I think that's such a good place to be because I know my bike really well right now. I've spent a lot of time on it. I know what it's going to do. It doesn't do everything perfect, but I know everything that it's going to do. So I think that's almost a better place to be than to have ran through 8,000 sets of whatever.

Q: You said you were home. How good was it to spend Thanksgiving and Christmas with the whole family?

A: It was awesome. There's no place like home for sure. I just feel grateful that I could spend the holidays at home. I honestly feel like I got so much better of an off-season because of that. I'm really happy I got to spend a lot more time with my family.

Q: Were you able to do some fun things? Watch some football games?

A: Yeah, we did a lot of things we don't normally get to do. Going to dinner and just being with each other. That's bigger I think than any type of trip or anything, just spending normal time with each other which we don't get to do often.

Q: Which is it harder for you coming back from injury, the mental part of it or the physical part of it?

A: Mental for sure because bones heal. But each one gets more difficult because it's accumulative and that makes it difficult. This last time was tough because it didn't heal very fast. It was just tough to end the season like that. But I'm back here because I want to be back here. I feel I have a great opportunity and I want to make the most of it.

Q: What keeps Trey Canard motivated? What keeps you driving and doing this and coming back?

A: My faith is a big part of that. I really feel like I'm put on this earth to do what I'm doing and I have a passion because of that. That passion hasn't died down yet, if anything it's grown. Until that passion's gone I'll be here.