Trey Canard Wins Final Round of All Japan MX National Championship

After setting fastest qualifying time at the recent Monster Energy Cup SX in Las Vegas, Trey Canard further proved that he is healthy and ready for the 2016 season by winning the final round of the All Japan MX National Championship in Sugo, Japan over some pretty heavy hitters. In addition to Americans Cooper Webb and Jeremy Martin, the two newly crowned FIM World Champions, Romain Febvre and Tim Gasjer were in attendance. Canard went 2-1 to win the 1A division over Webb’s 1-3.

Canard fought hard with Webb in moto 1 before ultimately settling for second. However, when the gate dropped for moto 2, Canard took the early and held off repeated challenges from Febvre—often with less than a second separating the two—before ultimately earning the moto win and the overall victory.

Webb ended up in second overall on his Star Racing Yamaha at 1-3, while Febvre was third overall with a 3-2 performance.

“This trip to Japan has been a great experience, and I’m really happy with how the race went,” said Canard. “Taking home the win is huge not only for myself, but for the entire HRC crew who put in a tremendous amount of work to make this happen. My bike was working great and I felt like I was riding well. Holding off Romain Febvre in the second moto was a challenge, but it was a fight to the end and I won. I’ve been a Honda rider for a long time, so it was also great to be able to visit different Honda facilities, see so much history, and meet the people that make my dream possible.”

In the MX2 division, Jeremy Martin traded moto wins with Gasjer, but came out on top of the overall when Gasjer finished fifth in moto two. Second overall went to Japanese rider Katsuya Takeshi who finished third and second in the two motos, while Gasjer was third with his 1-5.

It was a busy week for Canard and his Team Honda HRC crew, as they made stops at a number of Honda facilities before traveling by bullet train from Tochigi to Sendai for the race. They started their trip with a visit to the Honda Proving Center and then stopped by the Twin Ring Motegi to see the Honda Collection Hall, a transport museum that houses a collection of famous Honda race bikes. Following the race, Team Honda HRC concluded their Japanese trek with a celebratory dinner with Honda Racing Corporation Vice President Shuhei Nakamoto.

“I’m really pleased with how this trip went and couldn’t be happier for our team,” stated Team Manager Dan Bentley. ” Trey was riding fast throughout the whole event, finishing second in qualifying and the first moto, and then battling out front during the entire second moto before taking the win. I really like what I see in terms of the progression and want to keep this momentum going through the off-season and into Anaheim 1.”

Moto 1 Results

  1. Cooper Webb
  2. Trey Canard (Team Honda HRC)
  3. Romain Febvre
  4. Akira Narita
  5. Ogata Makoto
  6. Kojima Yohei
  7. Atsuta Yoshitaka
  8. Fukaya Koichi
  9. Hiroaki Arai
  10. Yosuhara Zhi

Moto 2 Results

  1. Trey Canard (Team Honda HRC)
  2. Romain Febvre
  3. Cooper Webb
  4. Akira Narita
  5. Ogata Makoto
  6. Atsuta Yoshitaka
  7. Hiroaki Arai
  8. Fukaya Koichi
  9. Mihara Takuya
  10. Yasuhara Zhi

Overall Results

  1. Trey Canard (2-1)
  2. Cooper Webb (1-3)
  3. Romain Febvre (3-2)
  4. Ryo Narita (4-4)
  5. Ogata Makoto (5-5)