MURRIETTA, Calif. – Jeff Ward Racing has announced the signing of Dean Wilson for the 2013 and 2014 AMA Supercross and Motocross seasons.
The 20-year-old Scotsman will make his debut in the premier 450cc division after a very successful career aboard the smaller 250cc machines, including the 2011 250cc National Championship as well as five Supercross Lites victories.
“Dean is one of the 450cc class rookies to watch, and I’m excited to help him transition into the premier division,” said team co-owner Jeff Ward. “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 frontrunner 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 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. “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 veteran technician Oscar Wirdeman, who helped guide Reed and Stewart to the 2008 and 2009 Supercross championships.