International Supercross

Dean Wilson is AUS-X Open replacement for Justin Barcia

Former factory rider and fan favourite is in for Sydney Supercross

Dean Wilson wins (Saturday) Aus-X Open 2017

Dean Wilson wins (Saturday) Aus-X Open 2017

The Monster Energy AUS-X Open Sydney is shaping up to be a grand slam of the world’s best superstars this year, with the flying Scotsman, Dean Wilson confirmed for the November 9 and 10 blockbuster inside Qudos Bank Arena.

Wilson raced to a career-best seventh overall during this year’s Monster Energy FIM World Supercross Championship despite missing rounds due to injury and included his first ever 450cc SX1 Supercross podium coming at the Indianapolis round inside Lucas Oil Stadium.

Wilson won the Saturday Main-Event SX1 Final at the 2017 AUS-X Open and believes the event provides a perfect platform to bounce back into the international spotlight, as he looks to secure a factory ride for the 2019 World Supercross Championship.

“I’m super excited to be returning to the AUS-X Open again in 2018,” Wilson exclaimed.

“It’s perfect timing for me to come down and really put in a good performance – with the high calibre names that are competing this year, if I can beat them, then I’m back on the international radar, which is what I’m aiming for.”

During last year’s event, the 26-year-old took top honours during the Saturday night final, backing that up with a strong second place on Sunday.

“Obviously last year went really well – I won the first night and then backed it up with a second on the second night, which was awesome. But just the overall atmosphere and vibe – to come and see Australia and Sydney during the summer time was incredible, and I can’t wait to head back down under,” said the 26-year-old Brit.

No stranger to adversity during his career, Wilson has rebounded from two horror seasons in both 2015 and 2016, with two consecutive knee reconstructions keeping him out of the sport for the best part of two years and subsequently losing his ride with the Factory Red Bull KTM team at the time.

Despite the struggle, Wilson created his own team at the beginning of 2017, travelling to the races with his dad in their box van until a ride opened up at Rockstar Energy Husqvarna factory team where he would stay for two years.

Wilson will ride a DPH Motorsport team prepared, Husqvarna FC450 at this year’s Monster Energy AUS-X Open in Sydney.

The AUS-X Open Sydney is supported by the NSW Government via its tourism and major events agency, Destination NSW.

The Monster Energy S-X Open International Supercross FIM Oceania Championship consists of two rounds at the Monster Energy AUS-X Open Sydney (November 9-10) and Monster Energy S-X Open Auckland (November 24) events and is sanctioned by FIM Oceania (FIMO). The AUS-X Open Sydney is the fifth round and finale of the Australian Supercross Championship and is sanctioned by Motorcycling Australia (MA).

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