Exclusive Interview: Team Honda’s Trey Canard

Ultimate MotorCycling’s Andrew Oldar caught up with Team Honda’s Trey Canard and spoke with him about the upcoming 2015 Monster Energy AMA Supercross season and Canard’s 2015 Honda CRF450R factory racer in an exclusive interview.

Ultimate MotorCycling’s Andrew Oldar: You came off strong at the end of the outdoor season last year. What do you attribute that success to?
Team Honda’s Trey Canard: I think the whole summer was actually pretty good. We were consistently up front, which we hadn’t done in the past. That all lead up to Unadilla and we made the KYB change, which seemed to push me over the edge as far as getting over that hump. I attribute a lot of it to that and once you start to feel comfortable, a lot of stuff starts to fall into place at that point.

UMC: What was it about the switch to KYB that made you feel that much more comfortable?
TC: A lot of things. There are certain things that you look for in suspension and the KYB seemed to have all of the right ingredients for me. I just felt really comfortable right off the bat.

UMC: How will it be starting 2015 after a successful 2014, rather than trying to come back from injuries?
TC: We haven’t made it yet. We need to keep our head down and that’s one of the biggest things. We need to cherish every moment and try to make the best of it. It has been a great off season though. From August until now has been really good, and we’re thankful for that. Hopefully, we can continue that into Anaheim and throughout the whole season.

UMC: With the absence of Ryan Villopoto, who do you consider to be your most serious competitor?
TC: Oh, man, there are so many guys. There is a huge laundry list between Roczen, Dungey, Millsaps, Barcia, Tomac, and Cole [Seely]. I don’t even want to try and list all of them because there are so many guys that can win on any given race.

UMC: What have you done differently to prepare and train for this season? Anything different on or off the bike?
TC: We’ve kind of kept it pretty general. Nothing has been extremely different about it. We have made changes, but we try to keep it pretty standard and not bury ourselves too much. We try to make bits of progress here and there. We hope to show up to Anaheim fresh and ready to do battle.

UMC: You had a strong showing in all three main events at the Monster Energy Cup in October. How does that affect your confidence coming into Anaheim 1?
TC: It was great. I think back to Unadilla and I hadn’t won a race since I had come back from my back injury. That plays on the mind and you really start to have your doubts. It’s just good to know that we are capable of winning at least a race. That does a lot of good things for our belief within the program and within everything that is going on.

UMC: What are your goals for the 2015 season?
TC: I want to make it through the season healthy. You can’t be a contender for anything if you are not there, so that’s huge. I’d really love to just show up every weekend ready to race and be comfortable. Even when we’re not comfortable, be ready to race, be a contender all the time, and be consistent. Obviously, we’re all shooting to win races and championships, so we just need to do our best.

UMC: As your team manager Dan [Betley] mentioned, there have been some staff changes in the off season with some team personnel coming over from Japan. Has that benefited you in any way?
TC: There is a good vibe around Team Honda right now. I don’t know if that’s just the influx of the Japanese or the excitement that brings that they want to be involved or the good races that we did have in the latter part of the 2014 season. I think there are a lot of good things happening and I am excited about it.

UMC: What is it like having Cole as a teammate?
TC: Cole is awesome. He is such a talented rider and almost an even better guy. He is just super cool and a lot of fun to be around. The whole team really enjoys that type of person and he fits that mold. I think he is going to do extremely well this year.

UMC: What question should I be asking you that you’ve never been asked before?
TC: I don’t know. You reporters get pretty crazy sometimes. [Laughs] I don’t know. How is your family? Maybe something like that? [Laughs]

2015 Monster Energy AMA Supercross Schedule.

Photography by Cameron Baird (trackside solo bike by Andrew Oldar)