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Life in the Fastlane: Motocross Riders Cole Seely and Trey Canard Talk Injuries, Training

The masterful Team Honda duo discuss what type of training will get you fit to ride their 250-pound racing machines.
Simon Cudby

Professional Motocross riders Trey Canard and Cole Seely have collected their own bumps and bruises following nearly 20 years of riding. Broken backs and lacerated kidneys are just a couple of injuries sustained by the duo. Now, you can add a broken arm to the list. 

Canard, who is 24-years-old, recently broke his arm in a crash during the 12th round of the AMA Supercross Series at Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan. He was sitting in second place, as far as points go, at the time of the accident but must sit out of the last race of the series on May 2nd in Las Vegas. 

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The proud Oklahoman, who has hopes of becoming a minister after his days of riding professionally are over, is one of the most reveered in his sport. A Team Honda rider, Canard debuted with the team in 2011, after claiming the 2010 Monster Energy AMA Supercross Rising Star Award. Since then, he's dealt with a litany of injuries, including potentially career-threatening ones to his back and leg. 

Determined to not his let his story end abruptly, Canard made it through both, eventually capturing sixth and fourth places finishes in Supercross and Motocross, respectively, back in 2013. Last season, he logged his first premier-class overall victory at the Miller Motorsports Park finale.

Canard's new teammate, Seely, is no stranger to injury either, having lacerated his liver and damaged an artery leading to a kidney in a 2012 crash. The 25-year-old missed a majority of the 2012 Supercross and Motocross seasons, forging a relationship with Honda, as, ironically enough, and injury replacement for Canard. Seely would fill in for Canard once more in March 2014 as part of the 450 class, while earning a career-best eighth place in 250MX points.

Seely, who became the first premier-class rookie to win a race in the 450SX series in 2015, is currently third place in points, trying to bring home a title alongside second-place teammate Eli Tomac. Both Seely and Canard now prepare to head to Las Vegas for the Supercross Finals, but before that, the pair checked in with Men's Fitness to talk about their racing history, injuries, and training for Supercross. 



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