News 17 Apr 2019

Wilson sidelined for supercross remainder

Mechanical malfunction the cause of Denver accident.

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Dean Wilson will sit out the final two rounds of the 2019 Monster Energy AMA Supercross Championship after injuring his shoulder and suffering a contusion to his kidneys during an accident at Denver’s 15th round last weekend.

Wilson was fighting for position when a rare mechanical malfunction struck the factory Husqvarna rider while negotiating a rhythm section, prompting him to crash heavily.

The popular contender has cleared himself of any serious injury, declaring he dodged a bullet with the damage sustained to his shoulder, however he’ll take next few weeks off as a precaution.

“Such a massive gut punch on Saturday,” Wilson said in statement. “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 one. Qualifier two didn’t get the cleanest laps but ended with a fourth.

“Onto the main event, I was running around seventh on lap seven, 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. [The] second 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.

“[I] got a 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.”

Wilson started the year as a privateer before being drafted into Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory to fill in for injured defending champion Jason Anderson.

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