News 23 Jul 2017

Red Bull KTM's Canard officially announces retirement

A decade-long professional career comes to a close mid-season.

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American Trey Canard has announced he’s hanging up his helmet effective immediately, following an injury-struck 2017 campaign with Red Bull KTM.

At 26-years-old, Canard has accomplished many milestones throughout his racing career, including winning the 2008 East Coast 250SX and 2010 Pro Motocross 250 Class championships.

“I love racing and my passion for doing so has not changed, but there comes a time in every racer’s career where you come to the realisation that although the spirit is willing, the flesh is weak and I know in my heart it’s time to call it a day,” Canard commented.

“I’ve had many injuries throughout my career and have always done my best to heal and bounce back. However, I feel I am not able to push myself to the level I need to in order to be competitive at the highest level of racing. I am sad to say goodbye but also extremely grateful and thankful for the last 10 years of my life.

“I never could have dreamed I’d do the things I’ve been able to do, to live out a childhood dream and meet and become close with so many wonderful fans and industry people. I’m extremely grateful to KTM for the opportunity to work alongside everyone at the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing Team this last year and I am happy to end my career with the full support of the team.

“I’ve raced for top manufacturers and teams throughout my career and I’m honored that they chose me to race for them at the highest level of racing and represent their brands. I can’t say thank you enough to my family and close friends who have been with me since day one and I hope to see everyone at the races for many years to come. This will always be a community that I cherish and feel connected to on so many levels.”

Canard joined the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing Team in 2017, where he lined up for a total of six AMA Supercross Championship rounds and two Pro Motocross events.

Canard first turned professional in 2007 and spent his entire 250 career with Honda, before stepping up to the 450 division in 2011. He spent a full six seasons with Team Honda prior to transferring to KTM this year.