TREY, TALK ABOUT YOUR EARLY DAYS IN
OKLAHOMA AND WHEN YOUR DIRT BIKE
INTEREST BEGAN. My parents owned a motorcycle
shop. It was always my dad’s passion to ride motorcycles.
Growing up, he never really had the financial ability to
buy his own bike, and neither did his parents. So, when
he got old enough, he bought a bike and fell in love with
it. Not only did he like riding bikes, he also enjoyed working on them. That was his passion. The motorcycle dealership and racing motocross were a big part of his life.
It was like growing up in paradise, and I loved it. It was
really cool, because if you were in the motocross community, the local shop was the spot. That is where you got
your parts, where you got your
gear and where you came to
talk bikes. There was something really genuine about it.
WHEN DID YOU START
RIDING? My older brother
followed my dad into motocross, and then I came along.
My dad built me what kids
today would call a strider,
because he did not feel comfortable putting me on an
actual motorcycle. But, by the
time I was 3, he figured I was
ready for a motorcycle. It started at such a young age for me
that I don’t really remember
a time when I was not riding
a motorcycle. At 4 years old I
was at the track. It was not a
competitive thing; it was just
a fun thing to do. Some people
go to the lake, some people go
to the park and some people
go to the beach; we went to the motorcycle track.
“I KNOW THAT SOME
PEOPLE ARE TURNED OFF
BY MY CHRISTIAN VIEWS.
IT SOMETIMES CREATES
CONFLICT, BUT I AM JUST
BEING HONEST WHEN I
SAY THAT I HAD GOD AT
WHEN DID YOU START TAKING IT SERIOUSLY?
Locally, to the people you see at the track, you are always
going to be the next Jeremy McGrath, you know? But I
never really believed that. I was like, “Okay, whatever;
I am just having fun.” But then I got a Team Green ride
when I was 9. I was obligated to do a certain number of
races, but I still didn’t take it seriously until I was 15 and
started doing really well. It took off from there.
CAN YOU SHARE THE STORY OF YOUR
FATHER’S ACCIDENT? I don’t like talking about it,
but it is certainly a part of my story. I think everyone has
a story that matters, and to me this is definitely a huge
part of me. I just want to honor my dad. He did his best,
and he had a significant impact in my life. That day is
certainly ingrained into my mind. He was working on
our track, and he had an accident with our tractor. I was
the first one to find him. It is something that I think will
always be sad, because death is sad. Losing people we
love, especially at 12 years old, is a very difficult thing. I
have struggled with it ever since. What I want people to
know is that I empathize with
people who have gone through
the same thing, and I hope
that they can empathize with
me. It certainly brought real-
ness to life for me. The thing
that always keeps me honest
is remembering who he was
and the fact that he tried his
best for us. He left us an amaz-
ing example, and I am really
grateful that I can say that.
IT IS OBVIOUS THAT
PEOPLE THINK OF YOU
AS A GOOD EXAMPLE OF
A CARING PERSON. Thanks
for saying that. I hope that
people who have been through
traumatic events can see that
it does not have to be the end.
I know that some people are
turned off by my Christian
views. It sometimes creates
conflict, but I am just being
honest when I say that I had God at those moments.
Some people may turn to alcohol, to drugs or whatever it
may be. I was able to turn to God, and I was able to turn
to my family, and I truly believe that got me through it.
HAS THE CRITICISM OF YOUR CHRISTIANITY
ON THE PODIUM MADE YOU THINK ABOUT IT?
There was a time earlier in my career when I really felt
passionate about saying that type of thing on the podi-
um—to use it as a platform. First of all, I want to com-
municate that I never thanked God for the race victory.
Whenever I praise God, I am praising him for the breath
in my lungs and for a chance at life. I hope people don’t
see me as forcing my views on them. I am just express-
ing my gratitude, and if I am not living it, I am not doing
anyone any justice, including God. My goal is to be genu-
ine, authentic and real. If I am not accomplishing that, it
is just using words, and it is really not worth anything.
WHAT BROUGHT YOU TO THE GEICO HONDA
TEAM? The Team Green effort at that time was unpar-
alleled. There were just so many good people there that
it was a difficult decision to leave them. We had history.
A big part of leaving was my mechanic Brent Presnell.
TREY CANARD By Jim Kimball
THE MXA INTERVIEW