Wilson, the 20 year old Scotsman will make his debut in the premier 450cc division after a very successful career aboard the smaller 250cc machines, on which he earned the 2011 250cc National Championship, as well as five Supercross Lites main event wins.
“Dean is one of the 450cc class rookies to watch, and I’m excited to help him transition into the premier division,” said Jeff Ward, team co owner and a seven time AMA Motocross and Supercross Champion himself. “He is a great kid, and I’ve admired his talent and work ethic at a distance for years now. I believe that he will be a front runner from the start, and we are all expecting great things in 2013.”
Wilson joins the Jeff Ward Racing team in its sophomore season but really, the squad has been working together for years under a different title. “I got into racing because I love motocross,” said team co-‐owner Mike Kranyak. “I enjoy the challenge, and I believed that I could build a team that would be the best in the world. We accomplished our goal by winning the Supercross championships with Chad Reed and James Stewart in the past, and now our new challenge is to do the same with Dean Wilson.”
“I’m thrilled to join the Jeff Ward Racing Team,” said Wilson, from his new home in Clermont, Florida. “I had a few offers to choose from but joining JWR was a no brainer. I wanted to stay on Kawasakis, and the chance to work with Jeff Ward was an opportunity that I couldn’t pass up. The guy is a legend!” Wilson will race a factory supported Kawasaki KX450F, tuned by respected technician Oscar Wirdeman, who helped guide Chad Reed and James Stewart to the2008 and 2009 Supercross Championships, respectively. Stay tuned for a complete team announcement regarding team sponsors and personnel.