Late last night Steve Matthes (@pulpmx) posted a tweet that said Dean Wilson will join the Rockstar Energy Racing Husqvarna. There was little extra information in the message and this morning we reached out to sources that are close to the team and rider, but all were tight-lipped about the situation. Until the AMA provisional entry list for the upcoming 2017 Oakland SX paired Wilson’s name with team.
The provisional entry list for each event isn’t always the most current piece of information and there are a few issues with the Oakland roster, like how injured racers Ken Roczen and Weston Peick are included, but that is because their respective teams pre-entered every round before the start of the season. Wilson’s past listings, however, featured Yamaha/O’Neal/Shoei/100%/Alpinestars/Toyota Escondido as sponsors.
Wilson has competed in the first four rounds of the 2017 Monster Energy Supercross Series as a Yamaha-mounted privateer in the 450 class, but his original plans didn’t go past the West Coast stretch that ends this weekend in Oakland. Since this possible signing to Rockstar Energy Racing Husqvarna is for a spot on a 450 machine, Wilson would be able to keep his personal sponsors like O’Neal apparel, Shoei helmets, and 100% goggles.
We were told that Malcolm Stewart was also in talks to take a spot at the Husqvarna team for the rest of the Supercross season and all of the motocross series, a move that would ultimately stop the newly-formed Ride365.com/Stewart Racing operation. But if Wilson does take this spot, then the offer is probably off the table for Stewart. It’s worth mentioning that Stewart is still listed under the Ride365.com/Stewart Racing team for the Oakland race.
Plenty of online chatter has pertained to Christophe Pourcel’s place with Rockstar Energy Racing Husqvarna, as the team has focused on fielding two 450 class racers in the past. A look at the entry list for Oakland shows Pourcel is set to compete.