Canard Kicks Off the 2014 Motocross Season with a Third Overall at Glen Helen Raceway

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Following a five-year hiatus from the series, Glen Helen Raceway made its highly anticipated return this past Saturday to the 2014 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing. More then 27,000 fans were on hand to witness the action as Team Honda Muscle Milk's Trey Canard kicked off the season strong with a third-place podium finish. Muscle Milk-supported GEICO Honda riders Justin Bogle and Matt Bisceglia finished 6-7 respectively in the 250 competition.

450 Race
Canard posted the third-quickest qualifying time in practice, giving him a good gate pick heading into the first moto. He struggled off the line in moto one but put together a valiant charge, moving steadily through the field. While running fourth, another rider slammed into the back of Canard in a turn, causing him to stall his bike and lose multiple positions. He rallied back to finish seventh. In moto two, he launched his CRF450R off the line to a fifth-place start and quickly moved into third on the second lap, which is where he finished. His seventh- and third-place effort was enough to land him on the podium with third-place overall.

 "Obviously the win is what we are all striving for every time we line up on the gate, but I'm glad we're leaving Glen Helen with a podium and I think it is a good start," Canard stated. "I thought I was going to get the holeshot in the first moto; I got a super-sweet jump but shifted to fifth for some reason right out of the gate so that was a little rough. I was riding good though, making passes and had just gotten around [James] Stewart when I slowed down into a turn because of lappers and I guess he didn't think I would slow down that much and we collided. His front tire was stuck in my rear wheel so I couldn't get the bike in neutral to start it. I went back to 12th but I kept telling myself that every point counts. During the second moto I was kind of in no man's land in third the whole time. I'm looking forward to next weekend and going to do my best."

Teammate Justin Barcia grabbed good starts all day but had a tough first moto, leaving him with a score of 34-4 for 13th overall. Barcia was running fourth in moto one when a rock got lodged in his sprocket, which caused his chain to fail and sidelined him for the remainder of the race. In moto two, Barcia propelled his CRF450R off the line to another good start, settling into fourth for the entire 30-minute plus two-lap race.

"Overall I am happy with how today went. The first moto was a huge bummer, but there was nothing I could do so it is what it is," explained Barcia. "I got good starts in both motos, which is huge since that is what I have been struggling with. The second moto was better but I just rode in fourth the whole time because there were huge gaps between all of us. My bike was working good and I felt good so I am looking forward to Hangtown, and hopefully getting on the podium."

250 Race
Just two weeks after wrapping up his career-first Eastern Regional 250 Supercross Championship, Muscle Milk-backed GEICO Honda's Justin Bogle kicked off the summer's Motocross series with a solid sixth-place overall finish. With a less-than-desirable start in the first moto, Bogle was able to work his way through the field into fifth. In moto two he propelled his CRF250R off the line and into the Talladega first turn to capture the holeshot, but went down a few turns later, causing him to fall outside the top 10. He rebounded to finish ninth.

"I feel really good, and there are lots of positives going into Hangtown next weekend," stated Bogle. "The first moto I had a bad start but rode well through the rest of it, made it up to third, but got a little tired and fell back to fifth. In the second moto, I pulled the holeshot because my GEICO Honda was a rocket ship and incredibly fast. I got passed, crashed on the hill, and ended up in a mud hole on a pass back. I got up pretty far back but ended up back in the top 10. Overall I think it was a solid day for me that we can build off."

Fellow Muscle Milk-sponsored GEICO Honda rider Matt Bisceglia posted the best finish of his young motocross career with 11-7 scores for seventh overall. "I'm happy with my finish but I need to improve on my speed. That's what I'll work on next," explained Bisceglia. "In the first moto I was in third for the first three laps. I fell off the pace a little and ended up 11th. The second moto however, I didn't really get a great start and was back in the pack, but I battled a couple guys, got by them, and finished seventh, so it was good."

Teammates Zach Bell and Zach Osborne did not fare well at the season opener, with both riders encountering trouble throughout the day. Bell had a strong showing during the first half of moto one but encountered troubles that sent him back to 17th. In moto two, he went down a couple times and ultimately finished 26th. Osborne recorded a respectable ninth-place finish in moto one, but crashed early in moto two, sidelining him for the remainder of the day.

Troy Lee Designs/ Lucas Oil/Honda's Cole Seely rode consistent throughout both motos in 450 competition, landing himself on the podium in third overall with 4-4 marks. His teammate Malcolm Stewart carded a seventh overall with 8-8 marks.

The Focus: Glen Helen Press Day
Team Honda Muscle Milk's Trey Canard and Justin Barcia headed to Glen Helen a few days early to participate in a press day on Thursday, May 22 with all the other title contenders. Barcia participated in an open Q&A with the media regarding his expectations for Saturday's race and the entire 2014 season. Following the press conference, both riders jumped on their CRF450Rs for two 20-minute practices on the track. "We have been testing and riding here quite a bit in the last couple weeks, but it hasn't been the exact national track. So to be able to look at what we will be riding on during the race was really beneficial," explained Barcia of Thursday's practice. "We were able to make some tweaks on the bike and fine tune everything. Not very often do you get to test and practice on the same track you'll be racing on."

450 Class Overall Results
1. Ryan Dungey 3-1
2. Ken Roczen 2-2
3. Trey Canard (Honda) 4-4
4. Brett Metcalf 4-5
5. Josh Grant 1-15
6. James Stewart 6-6
7. Malcolm Stewart (Honda) 8-8
8. Jake Weimer 10-7
9. Weston Peick 5-13
10. Chad Reed 9-10

450 Class Championship Points (after 1 of 12 rounds)
1. Ryan Dungey 45
2. Ken Roczen 33
3. Trey Canard 34
4. Brett Metcalf 34
5. Josh Grant 31
6. James Stewart 30
7. Malcolm Stewart 26
8. Jake Weimer 25
9. Weston Peick 24
10. Chad Reed 23

250 Class Overall Results
1. Jeremy Martin 1-1
2. Cooper Webb 2-2
3. Cole Seely 4-4
4. Blake Baggett 8-3
5. Christopher Pourcel 7-5
6. Justin Bogle (Honda) 5-9
7. Matt Bisceglia (Honda) 11-7

8. Marvin Musquin 10-8
9. Jessy Nelson 15-6
10. Jason Anderson 3-31

250 Class Championship Points (after 1 of 12 rounds)
1. Jeremy Martin 50
2. Cooper Webb 44
3. Cole Seely 36
4. Blake Baggett 33
5. Christopher Pourcel 30
6. Justin Bogle 28
7. Matt Bisceglia 24

8. Marvin Musquin 24
9. Jessy Nelson 21
10. Jason Anderson 20

 

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