Dean Wilson: Strong Finish in St. Louis

SX Lites Report

Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki’s Dean Wilson finished his rookie season in AMA Supercross Lites competition on the podium inside the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis.

Wilson rode to his best finish of the season coming home second, while his teammate Christophe Pourcel had trouble early and pulled off the track finishing 20th.

Wilson started the day in the right spot posting the second fastest time in qualifying while his teammate Pourcel was fourth fastest. In there heat race Pourcel and Wilson battled for the second position and Wilson was able to hold on while Pourcel finished third.

Dean Wilson says: "I knew I could win this race, so I’m not as happy as I probably should be," said Wilson. "I am happy to be on the podium after my last lap crash in Houston, but I just felt really strong all day and knew this was a huge opportunity for me."

In the main event Pourcel contact with another rider sent Pourcel on top of a tuff block and he couldn’t get his bike off before going a lap down. Wilson got a good start out of the gate and was second after the first lap. On the third lap, Wilson went down just before the finish line and fell back to fourth. After collecting himself, Wilson charged back up to finish a career best second.

Christophe Pourcel says: "It took me forever to get the bike off the tuff block," said Pourcel. "Once I got going, first place was just about to pass me. I didn’t want to get in the way of the racing and didn’t feel comfortable after I got bumped out."

Both Pourcel and Wilson have a short break before the East/West Shootout in Las Vegas. Jake Weimer and Josh Hansen are now set to be center stage as the final two rounds of the West Coast series begin this week in Seattle. Weimer holds a 14-point lead in the series and is looking to claim his first supercross title.