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AAt this time last year, Dean Wilson was still attempting to put his program together for the 2017 Monster Energy AMA Supercross season. He had very little support from sponsors and decided to take on the world’s best out
of the back of a sprinter van with a fairly stock, privateer Yamaha as his weapon of choice. Wilson is one of many former AMA 250 champions that hasn’t been able to live up to his potential in the premier class, but a majority of his issues have come as a result of injuries out of his control. The Scot by way of Canada had a ride with the Red Bull KTM team throughout 2015 and 2016, but within that time period he only rode a total of five supercross races due to his chronic injury problems, namely the tearing of his ACL/MCL multiple times. Wilson did the right thing and bet on himself heading into the 2017 season,
investing his own money in a program that would eventually land him a ride with Rockstar Energy Husqvarna by the fifth round of the season. His goal was to stay consistent and earn main event finishes near the top ten as he built his confidence and speed back to the peak of his potential, but Christophe Pourcel’s exit from AMA Supercross opened up an opportunity that Wilson put himself in position to seize. By the end of the season, the newly acquired Rockstar Energy Husqvarna rider found himself in the top five at Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas and he finished on the podium a couple of times during the outdoor nationals. His confidence and momentum have continued to grow throughout the off-season as Wilson has racked up podium finishes at the Motocross des Nations, the Monster Energy Cup, the AUS-X Open, and the Supercross de Paris. If Wilson continues on the same path of growth that he has traveled throughout the past year, 2018 could be a breakout season for the twenty-five year old.

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