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Only two riders in motocross history have made up more ground to win a championship than Team GEICO Powersports/ AMSOIL/ Honda 250 rider Trey Canard. Canard had a slow start to the 2010 season, and found himself 56 points behind leader Christophe Pourcel with seven rounds remaining. That’s when he caught fire, taking five wins in the next six rounds and entering the final event in Pala, Calif. just seven points behind Pourcel.
With the championship up for grabs, both riders felt the pressure to finish strong in Pala. Although Canard fell while trying to pass Pourcel in the first moto, Pourcel took a spill of his own a few laps later, separating his shoulder and leaving him unable to finish the first moto or compete in the second moto. Canard recovered from his fall to finish fourth in the first moto and jump to an 11-point lead in the standings. A third place finish in the second moto sealed third place overall for the weekend and Canard’s second career professional motocross championship.
“After moto one I was kind of in shock. I had no idea what to think,” said Canard. “I knew the championship was extremely possible at that point, but drew myself back together and tried my best to just focus on moto two. It was really coming to me that I was going to get the opportunity to be the 2010 250 Motocross Champion; it was an unbelievable feeling.”
Canard will head to Lakewood, Colo. this weekend to compete for Team USA in the 2010 Red Bull FIM Motocross of Nations.