MECHANICS TO THE STARS
around. Everything else doesn’t bother him. Ironically
enough, however, he will cartwheel the bike for 50 feet,
and everything will get twisted and mangled. Then he
will get up and still go just as fast with the bars and
levers messed up. Looking back at the Monster Cup, he
launched the bike into the manager’s tower. He got back
on it and set the fastest lap time of the night. The bike
was completely twisted. I don’t know how it’s possible
for Trey to be so particular about something and then not
let it affect his speed.
WHAT’S THE COOLEST PART ON TREY’S
HONDA CRF450? It always goes back to the footpegs
for me. I don’t know why. The footpegs are some of the
coolest parts about any bike. The whole bike itself is
unreal. I enjoy working on every part of it.
WHAT KIND OF POWERBAND DOES CANARD
PREFER? He’s gotten to the point now where he wants
all the power we can give him. The only thing is that
he wants the delivery to be smooth. Our bike produces
serious power, but it’s very smooth and rideable. If he
can’t ride the bike, then it’s useless. During Trey’s first
few seasons in the 450 class, we were always detuning
the engine. Now he wants full power, although we move
the power curves around a little bit to make it easy for
him to hang on.
WHAT ABOUT SUSPENSION? Once he has a good
general setup, we’re pretty well-dialed. We might go a
few clicks here or there throughout race day, but for the
most part he doesn’t deviate very much. The same thing
goes with tires. We don’t swap out tires all day long.
Trey likes to know how the bike is going to react, so
once he knows that, then he’ll adapt to the bike.