Just win, baby!

Just win, baby!


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When the late Al Davis, legendary coach and later owner of the Oakland Raiders, took over as head coach in the late 60’s (his second stint), his Raiders’ teams were a powerhouse. Raiders’ teams under his tenure won their division title four out of five years from 1970-1975 and were eliminated by the eventual Super Bowl winning team on seven occasions from 1967-1975. His teams appeared in the conference championship game SEVEN times from 1970-1981, winning two Super Bowls during this time. Its because of this winning tradition that Al Davis coined the term “Just win, baby!”.

 

Last week, at Anaheim 2, Trey Canard and Chad Reed came together in a tricky section of the track; Canard landed on the back of Chad Reed, taking them both out. Chad had been taking a different line prior to this for the entire race and Trey anticipated Chad doing this again. Chad did not, as he was taking an inside-out line in the s-turn during the previous laps, but this time, he jumped over the table top to the inside of the next turn, going inside-inside. Trey, knowing this, was going to go outside-inside and he was planning to jump the entire table, hopefully setting him up to get the inside on Chad.

 

These events combined for a fiasco, as Trey jumped on the back of Chad, causing both to crash. Trey and Chad both remounted, unhurt, but the next turn was a wide left handed sweeper and Trey was on his bike first. Trey was taking his time getting back to racing speed, and Chad took this opportunity to remount, pin the throttle and bump Trey off the track. Trey was forced into the blocks, and went over the bars.

 

The fiasco that ensued has since blown over, but that didn’t stop Chad and Trey from racing hard at the O.co Coliseum this past Sat night.

 

As the gate dropped, Ralph Sheheen mentioned that a bad attitude was needed to win at the “Black Hole” as the O.co is affectionately called by Raiders fans these days and it proved to be prophetic!

 

When it comes to championships, Trey Canard has won his share. He is the 2008 250 Supercross lites East Regional champion. He is also the 2010 250 outdoor motocross champion, and in winning this championship, he erased the largest points deficit EVER to come away with the crown.

 

Trey Canard has been through his share of adversity during his career. His first full season in the 450 class, 2011, he won a few races and was in the points battle for the lead when he broke his leg, late in the season. Trey rehabbed and came back for the 2011 Washougal outdoor national. While running up front, Trey over-scrubbed a jump and broke the same leg, once again!

 

Trey, like the winner he is, fought back to be on the starting line for the 2012 season. During the LA round of the 2012 season, Trey came up short on a jump after clipping and Tuff Block and gathering up a cover on his peg, preventing him from jumping. Ryan Morais landed on Trey (through no fault of his own) and Trey ended up with a broken back amongst other injuries. Trey had a lengthy rehab, needing to have a few vertebrae fused and a long recovery, missing the rest of the 2012 season.

 

Trey started the 2013 season full time and contested the entire season, both outdoors and in, but never really showed his true speed, finishing 4th and 6th, respectively.

 

Coming off of 2013, Trey was training hard and showing championship speed when in December of 2013, while training for the 2014 season, he crashed and broke his arm, putting him out of the championship. The outdoor season was better for Trey, as he ran up front, consistently finishing in the top five during the first three-quarters of the season, eventually showing the speed we expected by winning  four of the final six motos of the outdoor motocross championship. All the signs pointed to Trey being a front runner in 2015.

 

Trey Canard has had it difficult this season as well, as bad starts and mistakes have cost him dearly in the points. He has looked good and been fast, but hasn’t put it together.

 

He did so Saturday night.

 

Trey Canard posted the fastest qualifying time and you could tell he was motivated and aggressive in parlaying the tradition of “Just win, baby!” and the attitude of the Raiders. Trey started in 10th after the first lap, but showed aggression, intelligent riding, great line selection and dare I say it, a bad attitude during his fight to the front. Canard finally made it to the lead pack, getting to the runner-up spot by lap six and finally making the pass on lap seven, holding the lead until the end, winning his first main event in almost FOUR years.

 

When talking about attitude, personally, Trey has none. He is a humble Christian man and does all he can to help his fellow man, fan and racer. He has faced adversity like no one has, and he keeps fighting back and continues to race and run up front. When it comes to racing attitude though, Trey has the most. His win at all costs attitude drives him to come back and to continue to fight for what he wants; and that is to just win! He epitomizes the “Just win, baby” motto that Al Davis created and cultivated during his years in Oakland. Most people think its ironic that Trey would win a week after controversy reigned supreme, but I think that its FITTING that the person with easily the winningest of attitudes would win at O.co.

 

“Just win, baby!” personifies Trey Canard and he continues to win at everything he does!

 

Cliff Kump
cliff.kump@me.com