Team Honda Muscle Milk’s Trey Canard will have a new teammate for round six of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championships, beginning on Saturday at the RedBud National in Buchanan, MI. Current privateer and former Swedish Motocross Champion Fredrik Noren will sub for injured Justin Barcia for the remainder of the 2014 season.
“This is a dream come true,” Noren said. “I am so grateful to have been given this opportunity and I can’t wait to work with everyone at Team Honda Muscle Milk. When I came to the U.S. I raced a Honda and really liked it, so to be able to ride a factory CRF450R is incredible. Also, not having the stress of trying to raise money to get to the races and having to work on my own bike will be such a relief.”
Noren won the Swedish Championship in 2010 and the Junior Swedish Championship the year before. After all that, he relocated to the United States in 2011 in order to contest the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championships. Since then, he’s collected several top-10 finishes as a privateer and is currently 13th overall in the championship points standings. Most recently, 22-year-old Noren was honored with the Ricky Carmichael Hard Charger Award after rebounding from 35th place to finish 14th in the second moto at Colorado’s Thunder Valley National last month.
“We are excited to have Fredrik join our team for the remaining rounds of the series,” said Team Manager Dan Betley. “He continues to be a top privateer each week and we believe with the proper equipment he can really show his true potential.”
Noren will take over for Barcia, who suffered a foot and ankle injury that put him on the sidelines after he finished fifth overall at round two of the series. Prior to that, Barcia had finished 13th overall at the season-opening round at Glen Helen. Currently, Team Honda Muscle Milk’s Canard sits fourth in the overall points standings.Tags: Fredrik Noren, Glen Helen, Honda Muscle Milk, Justin Barcia, Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championships, Motorsports, RedBud National, Ricky Carmichael, Thunder Valley National, Trey Canard