Wilson started the season as a privateer on a Yamaha hoping for a phone call from one of the factory teams. The last couple years he was on the Red Bull KTM team but both seasons were cut short due to knee injuries and he was left without a ride. For 2017 the Rockstar Husqvarna had Christophe Pourcel riding the 450 but a nagging neck injury has hindered his results. It was a surprise to many when Pourcel announced he’s retiring from Supercross and will begin preparing for the Canadian Nationals. This left a spot open on the team and Dean got the call. He had his first race on the bike last Saturday in Oakland and finished 10th.