Courtesy of RacerX

February 13, 2017 2:00pm

by Kyle Scott

Round six of Monster Energy Supercross in Arlington, Texas, was Dean Wilson’s second ride on the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna. He’s matched or improved his main event result at each race this season and appears to be riding very level headed this year. Wilson had Ryan Dungey on his rear wheel for about half of the main event and didn’t budge. Dungey was forced to make an aggressive pass on Wilson late in the race to take the spot as Dean didn’t make it easy on the reigning champ. Wilson came into the season as an underdog privateer, but now has a ride and things are starting to turn around for him with a fifth place finish in Arlington—a career-high in 450SX. We talked to him in the post-race press conference.

Racer X: How was your night, Dean?
Dean Wilson: The night didn’t start off amazing, but it ended up being really good. It took a little while to get going in the heats and semis, but then in the main I got a decent start and just tried to ride smooth and consistent every lap. I ended up with a fifth, which I’m over the moon about. It’s almost like a win to me just because it’s been a rough couple of years—so I’m stoked.

Now that you know you can get in the top five, what’s the goal for the rest of the season? Do you think you can get on the podium?
Yeah, being on the podium would be great but I’m still taking baby steps. I still just want to be in the top 10. Meanwhile I got top five, that’s awesome. But for me it’s just about building and just every race being in the mix. Sure, I want to podium and win, that would be nice, but I just want to set goals that aren’t going to be too wild. Still steps to climb.

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