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Anaheim III: Powersports Honda preview

Canard growing up fast on Supercross pro tour; GEICO teammates ready for more ANAHEIM, Calif. (Feb. 10) -- It's odd to hear a 19-year-old kid talk about being patient, especially one that makes his living going as fast as possible. But as the...

Canard growing up fast on Supercross pro tour; GEICO teammates ready for more

ANAHEIM, Calif. (Feb. 10) -- It's odd to hear a 19-year-old kid talk about being patient, especially one that makes his living going as fast as possible. But as the AMA Monster Energy Supercross Series returns to Angel Stadium for its sixth stop of the 2010 season, patience is exactly what young rider Trey Canard has on his mind.

The most successful of the three GEICO Powersports Honda riders that have competed thus far in 2010, Canard says his respectable fourth-place finishing average -- which includes a victory at the recently completed San Francisco event and three podium results -- could be much better if he were only a little more patient.

"I'm young and I'm still learning how to ride at this level," the red-headed Oklahoman said. "But there are no excuses; I think I should have done better so far. My style is to be aggressive. I want to be the leader when we get to that first turn. I like to be out front. I just have to remember that races aren't won in the first few laps. You have to pick your spots at times."

As his current second-place ranking attests, Canard's riding only needs fine-tuning at this point. He thinks a third trip to Angel Stadium might be just what he needs as the chase for the AMA West Supercross Lites title advances to its conclusion.

"We've got three races left in the West and this is the last one for several weeks so it would be great to get another podium finish," Canard said. "They change the layout of the track each time we go there so we'll see how it looks. No matter what, I need to be smart and ride my best if I want to stay up there in the points. There is no magic button you can push; it's just a matter of going out there and performing to your capabilities."

Both of Canard's teammates under the GEICO Powersports Honda umbrella also are expecting big things in Anaheim. Supercross veteran Kevin Windham, still reveling in the Super Bowl victory of his beloved New Orleans Saints, and Supercross Lites upstart Blake Wharton of Texas have both recorded podium finishes of their own this year. They'd love to add to their tallies in Southern California.

Windham, a Supercross senior citizen at 32 years of age, finished third and fifth at the two previous Anaheim stops. He was close to another podium visit at last weekend's race in San Diego when his clutch malfunctioned, a problem that has been corrected.

Wharton took third in Phoenix after leading 12 of 15 laps in the main event there, showing he's fully capable of winning any event he enters.

"I'm ready for this weekend," Wharton said. "We've had some bad weather the last two races but it looks like it's going to be cool and clear in Anaheim so we should be fast. I think we're all ready to get back on track and race."

-source: Powersports Honda

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Drivers Kevin Windham , Trey Canard