Canard and Brayton injured
American Honda's Trey Canard was having a dream rookie season in AMA Supercross until Wednesday afternoon, when he broke his femur at the Competitive Edge MX Park in Hesperia, Calif. Canard was testing for the AMA Lucas Oil Motocross Championships which start on May 21 in Sacramento, Calif.
"Trey suffered a non-displaced fracture to his femur when he crashed at a team test," said American Honda Racing Team Manager, Erik Kehoe. "The good news is that the fracture is not as severe as it might have been. We are hopeful Trey's return to racing will come soon. It's very disappointing to see him get hurt, especially after the fantastic Supercross season he's having."
With three wins in the 2011 season, Canard currently sits fifth in the points, only 20 points behind the leader, Ryan Villopoto. Canard is expected to be out for at least six weeks and will most likely miss the first two rounds of the motocross series.
Canard's Honda teammate, Josh Grant, who was injured at round two of the AMA Supercross Championships early January in Phoenix, is planning to return to racing in Sacramento for the AMA Motocross series. The 2010 X Games Super X gold medalist is recovering from two surgeries on his right ACL.
Another former X Games medalist, Justin Brayton, will not race round 15 of the AMA Supercross Championship this Saturday at Qwest Field in Seattle, Wash. Brayton injured his lower back two weeks ago in Dallas, Texas, and has been diagnosed with four sprained lower vertebrae. In Dallas he was scanned and released after the doctors confirmed no skeletal damage, and he was told that riding would not cause further injury, but would be extremely painful.
Brayton tried to race last weekend in St. Louis, Mo., but withdrew because of the pain in his back. He has engaged in a therapy program and hopes to race on April 30 at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City, Utah.