Motorsport: Scot leads Kawasaki to a full house in supercross event

By Andy McGechan

Dean Wilson is riding for the same team as NZ's Ben Townley used to. Photo / Greg Bowker
Dean Wilson is riding for the same team as NZ's Ben Townley used to. Photo / Greg Bowker

Scotland's Dean Wilson is top dog in the United States.

Riding for the same team that New Zealand's Ben Townley rode for when he won the US East Coast Lites Supercross title in 2007, Wilson wrapped up America's 250cc motocross crown for this year in commanding style at the weekend, scoring back-to-back wins in his two outings at the 11th round of 12 in the series at Delmont, Pennsylvania.

It was Wilson's first-career professional title and was especially pleasing for his Monster Energy Kawasaki team as he also ensured it was a Kawasaki 1-2-3 at the top of the championship standings.

With just one round remaining, Wilson has the title in the bag and his Kawasaki teammates - South African Tyla Rattray and American Blake Baggett - also now cannot be beaten out of second and third positions in the championship overall.

"This is the greatest day to me," said Wilson afterwards.

"I went to sleep when I was young, dreaming about winning an outdoor championship.

"Now, it's a dream come true. I was feeling really good today."

Meanwhile, the 450cc rider in the Monster Energy Kawasaki team, Washington's Ryan Villopoto, won both 450cc races on Sunday, enabling him to extend his championship advantage to 14 points over Suzuki's Ryan Dungey with one round remaining.

Wilson will now get ready to represent Great Britain at the Motocross of Nations at St Jean d'Angely in France in a fortnight, while teammates and US 250cc series rivals Rattray and Baggett will suit up to represent South Africa and the US respectively at that event.

Villopoto and Dungey will race their 450cc bikes for Team USA in France.

With several leading riders injured, New Zealand will send a "development squad" to the Motocross of Nations this season.

The Kiwi squad heading to France is Auckland's Joel Doeksen (MX1), Rotorua's John Phillips (MX2) and Kieran Scheele (Open Class), from Elsthorpe in Central Hawkes Bay. Mangakino's Kayne Lamont will be there as the reserve rider.

- NZ Herald

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