Mere hours after it was made official that fellow contender Davi Millsaps suffered an injury while testing for the upcoming 2014 Monster Energy Supercross season, Team Honda Muscle Milk issued a press release stating that Trey Canard will miss the opening rounds of the championship after breaking his arm over the Thanksgiving holiday.
Canard underwent successful surgery Tuesday and will immediately begin rehabilitation in hopes of getting back into competition ASAP.
“Of course we are disappointed that Trey will miss the opening rounds of the 2014 SX season,” said Honda Racing Director Ray Conway in the release. “He has been going really fast at all our pre-season test sessions. We all know how hard Trey will work to get back as soon as he can, and the whole team can’t wait for his return.”
Canard was one of the focal points of the 2013 season after making an inspirational comeback from one of the most frightening accidents in motorsports history during which fellow rider Ryan Morais landed on top of him during the Dodger Stadium round of the 2012 season. The incident left Canard with a fractured back and a long road to recovery and effectively ended Morais’ career.
Canard’s truly remarkable return to racing last year was documented in a movie – “REvival 41” – and he went on to complete his first entirely healthy season, finishing sixth in Monster Energy Supercross and fourth in the AMA Pro Motocross Championship. He secured a season-best result of second in each championship, narrowly missing out on victory both times. Canard’s comeback was so captivating it garnered global recognition in a feature from the Associated Press.
With Canard sidelined, Factory Honda teammate Justin Barcia will take the sole lead in the team’s bid to end Ryan Villopoto’s three-year reign. The defending Rookie of the Year captured a pair of victories in 2013 en route to a fourth place finish in the championship.
While Canard’s return to Monster Energy Supercross looks certain to be within the opening few weeks, his absence at Anaheim 1 is another major hit to the exceptional depth of talent gunning for the 2014 title that looks to be down two championship-caliber riders.