Vans Moto crew lands podium finishes!
Dean Wilson was the fastest 250SX Class rider in Oakland, posting the top practice time of the afternoon and taking a dominant heat race win to start the night show. A good start would be the key to Wilson’s success in the main event and after grabbing the holeshot, he positioned himself inside the top three from the get go. Wilson continued to push the pace of the lead pack and made a two-for-one pass to move from third to first on Lap 6. Once out front, Wilson pulled away and established a comfortable advantage only to momentarily lose power aboard his Kawasaki KX250F on the final lap and drop to second. Wilson quickly rebounded but just missed out on the top spot. Despite the heartbreak he experienced on the final lap, Wilson took positives from his dominant run and is confident he’ll be on top of the podium soon.
Following his memorable climb from the back of the pack last week in Anaheim, Justin Hill confirmed that he has the speed and ability to be a contender in the talented West Region field. In Oakland, Hill kept the momentum going by posting the third-fastest lap in practice and a third-place finish in the heat race to set a promising tone for the main event. Hill narrowly missed securing the holeshot alongside his teammate, but took over the lead shortly thereafter to pace the field for the first time in his young career. The sophomore rider looked comfortable out front and fended off his rivals for the first six laps before settling into third. Hill’s first career podium and career-best finish were added confidence boosters for Hill, who now knows he can win and has emerged as a one of the sport’s most promising up-and-comers. “I’m so happy to finally get on the box, but I can’t help but think I let a win get away there,” said Hill. “I learned a lot by being up front and I was able to take away some valuable experience. My team has been working so hard and we’re hitting our groove now. I feel so great on the Kawasaki KX250F and I expect to be battling for a spot up here every week now.”
Oakland 250 Results: 1st Jason Anderson 2nd Dean Wilson "VANS" 3rd Justin Hill "VANS"
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