Dean Wilson was an instant success in 2010. He would
not only make the top 10 in every round of the AMA 250
East Supercross series, but would do the same in the 250
Nationals. The 2011 season was even better for the Pro
Circuit Kawasaki rider, as he won the 2011 AMA 250
National Motocross Championship. In 2012, Dean finished
second in the 250 West for the second year in row, but he
didn’t get to defend his AMA 250 National Championship
because of a shoulder injury.
Dean’s 2013 season was bittersweet. He won the first
round of the 250 East, but hurt his shoulder again and
had to sit out the rest of the series. When the AMA
Nationals came around, Dean gambled on his future in
the 450 class, but he only made it to 2 out of 12 races
on his KX450F.
For 2014 Dean signed with the Jeff Ward Kawasaki
team for the 450 class. It was a big-bucks deal, and things
looked good for Dean’s future. But, the Jeff Ward team
folded before the season opened. Mitch Payton came to
Dean’s rescue. Dean was third overall in the 250 West,
26th in the 450 Supercross series (riding only four rounds)
and 14th overall in the 250 Nationals (after missing three
rounds with injuries).
Dean’s perseverance paid off, as Red Bull KTM signed
him for 2015. Unfortunately, Dean didn’t make it through
January before wrecking both knees. He came back in
2016 with reconstructed knees. Tragically, Dean only finished two Supercross races before re-injuring his knees
and going under the knife for a second time.
With his KTM ride gone, Dean gambled in 2017 by
starting the season on a private Yamaha YZ450F—with
his dad as his mechanic. Dean could have sat at home,
but he knew that he needed saddle time. Over the previous two years, Dean had only raced 13 out of a possible
58 events. Dean knew he wasn’t going to get a ride until
he proved that his knees were good to go.
By the fifth race of the 2017 season, Team Rockstar
Husqvarna called Dean and offered him Christophe
Pourcel’s factory ride for the rest of the year.