The expected bad news on the Canard front came out today. Trey went down hard in the 2nd lap of the first practice session at the opener. The result was a hurt shoulder and sub-par riding the rest of the night. He qualified with the last spot in the LCQ before pulling out of the main minutes before the gate drop.
Red Bull KTM stated today that Canard sustained a minor rotator cuff tear that will result in him missing San Diego.
Canard had this to say about the injury: “The good news is that the tear is minor and doesn’t require any type of surgery. It feels extremely sore right now because of the swelling and fluid that has built up around it but once the swelling goes down the doctor says I should be good to go.”
It is unknown when Canard will be back racing.
My Opinion: Trey really needed a safe and healthy year with his new team of Red Bull KTM. Yes the injury could have been worse, but to miss at least the first two rounds of the series has got to be a real bummer and could hinder his results for the rest of the year. I have said this before and I’ll say it again, I believe that if Canard has another off year without consistent top 5s and podiums he will call it quits for 2018.
Another interesting note is that Canard pulled off after doing the parade lap for the main event. You would think that he would know after racing the LCQ that the shoulder was no good for the 20 minute main? I’m just saying that I am sure that Pourcel and Rockstar Energy Husqvarna would have loved that 22nd spot on the gate.
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