Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Dean Wilson Makes Impressive Podium Return in Jacksonville
Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Dean Wilson found his way back to the podium after a two-race hiatus with a second-place finish at EverBank Field in Jacksonville, Fla. His finish bumped him up into third in the AMA Supercross Lites Eastern Region point standings. Teammate Blake Baggett had a tough night as he was unable to qualify for the main event.
Wilson seemed to be back in the groove in Jacksonville, starting the day with the second-fastest lap time in qualifying. He took that speed into his heat race, taking the win after leading all six laps. In the main event, Wilson got he start he needed and moved quickly into second after the opening lap. Wilson focused on keeping his mistakes to a minimum and was able to finish on the podium in second.
“IÃ¢Â€Â™m so happy to be back on the podium,” said Wilson. “I would have liked to win, but IÃ¢Â€Â™ll take it. I know that I am 19 points down, but over the next couple races IÃ¢Â€Â™m just going to go out and have fun. It seemed to work tonight.”
The race in Florida didnÃ¢Â€Â™t go as Baggett had planned, but he tried to keep a positive attitude after not being able to qualify to the main event.
“IÃ¢Â€Â™m seriously disappointed with myself that I made mistakes that cost me a possible championship,” said Baggett. “With four rounds left, the pressure is now off me and IÃ¢Â€Â™ll be going out to show that I am capable of winning races. I canÃ¢Â€Â™t change what happened, but I can work hard to make the next race better than Jacksonville.”
The Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki team heads north of the border to Toronto, Canada this weekend as the Monster Energy Supercross, an FIM Championship enters the sixth round of the AMA Supercross Lites Eastern Region. Over the weekend, Wilson moved into third with 97 points, while Baggett sits in fourth with 85 points.