It's too familiar of a story for Dean Wilson—a two-year deal with a prominent 450 factory team has come to an end after injuries robbed him of his potential. Wilson announced today that his contract will not be renewed by Rockstar Husqvarna for 2019. There were hopes the squad might be able to find room for Dean even with Zach Osborne graduating to the 450 ranks next year (alongside Monster Energy Supercross Champion Jason Anderson), but it was not to be.
"I thought there was going to be a chance I was going to stay but unfortunately the 3 man 450 team got shut down," said Wilson in an Instagram post today.
Wilson, the 2011 AMA 250 National Motocross Champion, had a deal with Red Bull KTM in the 450 class for 2015 and 2016, but both of those seasons were cut short through a pair of torn ACLs. He entered the 2017 season as a full privateer riding a Yamaha with his dad as his mechanic. A few races into the '17 campaign, though, Rockstar Husqvarna called with a replacement ride after Christophe Pourcel decided not to race supercross any longer, citing difficulties with a neck injury.
Wilson's main goal for '17 was to make it through the season healthy, which he did. He hurt his shoulder on opening night at Anaheim 1 in 2018, though, and then suffered another torn ACL when a rider cut him off while testing for Lucas Oil Pro Motocross at Glen Helen.
What's next for Dean? In his post, he jokes about getting back to the races in his dad's old Sprinter van again....
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As much of a hard pill to swallow it is I want to thank @rockstarhusky for such an awesome 2 years. I thought there was going to be a chance I was going to stay but unfortunately the 3 man 450 team got shut down. I’m really gonna miss this team they really made me feel like home. Thank you Bobby , Scuba, Murph, Mohead and all the mechanics. My team mates were awesome and there is nothing I could say bad about this team. Thank you for everything. I think I may have to call Dad to get the old sprinter running again. Who knows what’s next?