Heading into round 12 of the 2015 Monster Energy Supercross Championship at Ford Field in Detroit this past weekend, Team Honda’s Trey Canard was second in points – 45 behind Red Bull KTM’s Ryan Dungey.
Canard fought hard throughout the opening 11 rounds, and was Dungey’s number-one compeitor. But things changed quickly for the Oklahoma native at Detroit SX; Canard, who has battled with season-ending injuries in the past, suffered a huge crash and broke his left arm – again.
The accident occurred when Kawasaki’s Jake Weimer got out of shape and drifted into Canard’s path over a jump during Semi #1, Canard had nowhere to go but down hard when he landed on Weimer.
Following the crash, Canard posted on Instagram: “Thumbs down on another broken bone and landing on@jakeweimer12 I know it was just a race incident but shoot! Hoping he’s doing ok. Updates as soon as I know more in my arm. Thanks @ryandungey and@aldon104 for the coffee this morning. Cheers me up to have competitors like these guys. #soliDeogloria”
Canard traveled to the Oklahoma Sports Science & Orthopedics (OSSO) in Oklahoma City, where doctors repaired the radius in his left arm that was fractured during the crash.
During the surgery, doctors inserted carbon fiber plate, replacing another plate that had been applied in November 2013 following a different arm injury.
Team Honda reports that in addition, doctors inserted eight screws and performed a bone graft to ensure optimal healing. With an estimated recovery time of six to eight weeks, Canard will immediately begin rehabilitation in preparation for the AMA Pro Motocross Championship, which begins May 16.
Speaking after the surgery, Canard says “The surgery went really well, and we’re hoping for the best in terms of recovery time. The doctors said it will likely be six to eight weeks, but we’ll have a better idea after seeing the X-rays. I start physical therapy tomorrow and am going to do everything I can to get back to action as soon as possible. I’d really like to thank everyone for their love and support.”
Dan Betley, Team Honda Team Manager, also commented: “Obviously, everyone at Honda was saddened to see Trey’s Supercross run end the way it did. He had been extremely fast all year and was having the best season of his 450 career. After consulting with his doctor on Monday, it was determined that surgery was the best course of action, and we’re pleased that the operation went well.
“Now all we can do is wait for the recovery process and set our sights on the outdoors. If we know one thing about Trey, it’s that he’ll come back stronger and hungrier than ever. Everyone on the team can’t wait for him to be back.”
As of this writing, Team Honda HRC has no plans to substitute a rider for Canard for the remaining five rounds of 2015 Monster Energy Supercross.