Round 12 of the 2010 AMA Supercross series stormed through Jacksonville, Florida over the weekend, and Trey Canard continued his remarkable Supercross run with another third place, his fifth straight podium finish.
Jacksonville marks the final 450 ride of the series for interim Honda Red Bull rider Canard, who stepped up to fill Andrew Short’s shoes after he was sidelined with an injury in San Diego. Trey will now make the jump back down to the 250 machine to prepare for the return of the West Coast Lites series in Seattle in a few weeks.
However, Trey will join the premier Supercross class full-time in 2011, and in Jacksonville he once again served notice to the rest of the Supercross elite that he will be a serious threat to be reckoned with.
Just as in weeks past, Canard got off to a relatively slow start during the day’s timed qualifying sessions, but the likable Oklahoma native continued building momentum on the tight Jacksonville circuit as the evening progressed. Qualifying fourth out of his heat, Trey knew that he’d have some work to do in the main event if he was to keep his impressive podium streak alive.
“This has been a dream come true.” -Trey Canard
When the gates dropped for the final race of the night, Canard didn’t get the drive down the start straight that he’d hoped for, and ended up getting pinched off as the main-event herd rounded turn one. Buried mid-pack, Canard quickly advanced several positions and crossed the finish-line double to complete lap one in the seventh spot.
From there, Trey methodically picked off one rider at a time as he made his way through the fastest Supercross traffic in the world. In the very last corner of the race, he squeezed by teammate Kevin Windham to steal the third and final podium spot away from the wily veteran rider.
“This has been a dream come true,” Trey said after the race. “Racing in the 450 class, on a factory Honda no less, is every moto kid’s dream. And then to get five-straight podiums... I couldn’t be happier right now.
“I’m definitely looking forward to the last two rounds of the Lites series, but it’s still tough to walk away from the Supercross class with this type of momentum. I really want to thank all of the guys at Honda Red Bull Racing, as well as my primary team at Geico Powersports Honda, for making this all happen. I’ve had a blast!”
The series now takes a week off to observe the Easter holiday, but will return in two weeks for round 13 in Houston, Texas.