10 June (21:33)
Dean Wilson has been pretty quiet in recent weeks, as he continues to recover from the shoulder injury that was sustained in April. Wilson took to social media earlier today, however, to release the following statement, which confirms that he isn't going to hit the track in Lucas Oil Pro Motocross anytime soon.
"What's up all. So I have started riding again, which I'm happy about, but my shoulder still feels a ways away from racing. This is the most frustrating injury as I want to be back at the races but I can't come back till I have my strength back and feel confident in my riding. So just working at it day by day. Thanks all for being patient and I am doing all I can to be back. Cheers."
16 May (23:42)
Another update from Dean Wilson, building on what was revealed in the statement below. Wilson has now confirmed that he will indeed miss the first two rounds of 2019 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross and has not even started riding yet.
"Update: What's up everyone. With round one of Hangtown coming up it kills me to say I won't be lining up for the first couple rounds. I still haven't rode my bike yet all I have been doing is physical therapy and training. I'm doing all I can to be back and it sucks to miss the beginning of the season. Thank you all for the support. I will be back once I'm 100%."
Dean Wilson will be on the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing squad when he does return. In the meantime, Jason Anderson and Zach Osborne will represent that team at Hangtown on Saturday.
10 May (22:02)
Following a quiet period, Dean Wilson has spoken out as the 2019 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross is rapidly approaching. The latest information from #15 can be found below.
"What's up guys! I have been doing all I can to get back to 100% doing my therapy training and all sorts of remedies, but sometimes the body just needs to do its thing and heal. The goal was to be at the first round of outdoors, but chances of that may be slim. I will be on the factory @RockstarHusky team all summer for those asking. Taking this day-by-day as it's very frustrating. I want to be out there so bad. I will come back when I can! Thanks everyone for the support."
The opening round of the 2019 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross will take place at Hangtown on May 18. Dean Wilson has not raced a round of the outdoor series since August 26 2017. Six hundred and twenty-three days have passed since then.
16 April (16:47)
Dean Wilson has finally spoken out about the injuries that he sustained at the fifteenth round of 2019 Monster Energy Supercross in Colorado. Speaking on Instagram, Wilson confirmed that he "injured my shoulder and got a contusion on my kidneys." A freak bike problem was to blame for the issue. A full statement can be read below and there is a video of the crash as well.
"Such a massive gut punch on Saturday. Just as I was gaining good momentum riding well, feeling good and chasing my first win things turned in the blink of an eye. Started off Denver topping free practice then went on to qualify P1 in qualifier 1. Qualifier 2 didn't get the cleanest laps but ended with a 4th. On to the main event I was running around 7th on lap 7 moving forward and as I came around for the rhythm section I tripled in and something freak happened causing the bike to nose dive after I tripled in and pile driving me into the ground. The tough part of this is I have been trying so hard this year to be back where I need to be trying to get a job for next year.
It's tough just hoping to have a ride each year. 2nd part is people saying, "Wilson's hurt again, big surprise there," when it was something that wasn't my fault. It's a tough pill to swallow… I injured my shoulder and got a contusion on my kidneys. Got MRI and good news is I dodged a bullet on my shoulder and I am just going to give it a few weeks of rest and therapy and see where we are at. Huge disappointment to end my SX season like this. Thanks to my whole team for everything and everybody checking in on me. I really appreciate it. I will be back."
View this post on Instagram
14 April (09:09)
Dean Wilson has been slowly building steam in the 2019 Monster Energy Supercross series, as he has consistently been the fastest qualifier in the premier division and even popped onto the podium in Houston. That momentum came crashing down, quite literally, in Denver though, as he hit the ground in the main event and was assisted by medics. There is no confirmation on the extent of his injuries yet, but Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing did state that he is being evaluated at a local hospital.
"Wilson got off to a top-ten start in the main event where he battled in the eighth-place position early on. Eight laps in, Wilson had a big crash through a rhythm section that ultimately ended his race early. As of Saturday evening, Wilson is at the hospital getting evaluated."
Rumours from Denver suggest that he may have sustained some kind of shoulder injury, but that is far from confirmed at this stage. Wilson now sits sixth in the 450SX championship standings with two rounds left to run.
Words: Lewis Phillips | Lead Image: Husqvarna/Simon Cudby