Trey Canard says: "The Lites class is an entirely different ball game when it comes to racing. But having such strong performances in the premier class helped give me a little more confidence (outdoors)." "The motocross championship has been huge (for me), but ultimately I’m the same guy. A lot of positives came out of that title."When the offseason began, Canard knew almost immediately where he was headed, giving him a slight advantage over his many counterparts who were still solidifying their deals for the 2011 AMA Supercross season.Trey Canard says: "I was very thankful. I know a lot of guys stress about where they’re going to end up, but American Honda is an amazing team."With a breakthrough season under his belt, Canard arguably has the most momentum heading into his rookie campaign other than reigning premier class champion Ryan Dungey. Despite coming up short in his bid for the 2010 AMA Supercross Lites Western Regional Championship, the level in which he rode in the premier class turned heads and effectively put Canard in the conversation for title contenders in 2011.
Trey Canard says: "I really just want to be prepared. I want to come in ready, learn, and do the very best I can do. That’s all I can ask (of myself)."While longtime Factory Honda riders Andrew Short and Davi Millsaps have both moved on, Canard will welcome 2009 Anaheim 1 race winner Josh Grant as his teammate. Grant, who rode Hondas throughout the early portion of his career, has considerable speed and talent and will be a good motivator for Canard under the Honda tent.
Trey Canard says: "I really like Josh. I think he’s a great guy with a huge amount of talent. I think we should (be able) to elevate each other’s riding this whole year."Perhaps the best thing for Canard heading into 2011 is his continued relationship with Honda. The red riders have supported the fourth-year rider throughout his young career, giving him the opportunity that led to his ride for 2011. Having already established a working relationship with the Factory Honda crew in addition to bringing his mechanic Brent Presnell along with him, Canard looks to have all the tools necessary to make a title run and follow in the footsteps of the current champion and longtime rival Dungey.Trey Canard says: "To have a team and a company like Honda behind me has been huge. The fact that I’m used to the bike and don’t have to go through a whole learning curve is awesome."