Dean Wilson has inked a deal with Rockstar Husqvarna Factory Racing for the remainder of the 2017 season. Wilson, who contested the first four rounds as a Yamaha privateer, will join the team beginning this weekend in Oakland.
“It’s really exciting. Getting the call from Bobby [Hewitt] was a great moment,” Wilson said. “I haven’t had a good, happy day like that in a long time. I’m definitely a lot more appreciative than I’ve ever been for a ride. I feel like my training is all good and I plan to keep the same preparation and momentum going. The goal is to stay healthy and try to get in the top 10. I want to remain focused, working hard and making the team proud.”
Wilson will race alongside Jason Anderson aboard the Husqvarna FC 450, with Martin Davalos (West) and Zach Osborne (East) still competiting for 250SX titles. As for Christophe Pourcel, he will miss the remainder of the Supercross season and ultimately transition to the Canadian Motocross Championship. The move will give the Frenchman ample time to heal from a neck injury suffered during the outdoor season.
With limited testing, Wilson will look to lean on his experience from racing the KTM 450 SX-F, a bike not all too different from the Husqvarna.
(PART 2) I had 1 order! And that was to hold this in until today. It was so hard with everyone texting asking if rumors where true and congratulating me the last couple days but I had to keep my word and keep my lips sealed. I am so excited. When Bobby called me about riding for the team I almost burst into tears I was so happy! Thank you @rockstarenergy @husqvarana_usa for giving me this opportunity. I am so blessed and so happy. Still same goal and plan. Top 10s and being at the races is so important. Thanks to all you fans sticking behind me. And if I never got back to you. I'm sorry I just couldn't say anything until now! Let's go racing! Cheers
“I’m thrilled to have Dean join the team," said Husqvarna Factory Team Manager Hewitt. "I’ve had the opportunity to work with Dean during his amateur years and I’m glad to be reunited with him. He will compete at the Supercross in Oakland but only had two days in order to get used to his new FC 450, so this will be a little challenge for sure. However, he has a positive attitude combined with a skill level that I feel confident once he gets used to the Husqvarna will allow him to compete at the highest level."
Wilson currently sits 12th in points, 10 points behind newly-formed teammate Anderson.