Red Bull KTM’s Dean Wilson underwent successful surgery on Wednesday to repair a torn ACL and MCL sustained in a practice crash last week at the KTM test track, the team announced today. The injury will sideline him for the remainder of Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, and his return to racing will depend on how he recovers over the next few months, according to the team.
“It’s really disappointing to see Dean injured this early in the supercross season,” said Red Bull KTM Factory team manager Roger DeCoster in a team statement. “He has put a lot of work into preparing for supercross and just as his results were improving, with a eighth at Anaheim 2, this happened. The Red Bull KTM Factory Team is behind Dean in his recovery as we know he is committed to making a full recovery to return to racing.”
“My doctor said the surgery went well and I’m looking at a regular rehabilitation process for my knee. I have been down this road a few times over the past five seasons, but I have never been more committed to getting myself back to the top of the mountain,” said Wilson in a team statement. “I am focused on a full-recovery for myself, and the people and companies that stand behind me, help add fuel to that fire. I have a major commitment to my team and will do my best to get back to 100 percent where I can then hop back on my KTM and push it to the front of the field.”
At this time, the team has not announced if they will seek a fill-in rider to replace Wilson. In his first season with the team, Wilson had one top-ten finish through three rounds of Monster Energy Supercross.