After a lengthy break, the West Coast Lites series will resume this weekend in Seattle, Washington. Right before the break, though, things got very interesting in the championship chase, as Geico Powersports Honda's Eli Tomac crashed hard, allowing Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki's Dean Wilson to gain a very significant amount of points and take over the red number plate. With rain in the forecast for Seattle this weekend, we spoke with Wilson to see what his thinks about racing in the mud, his thoughts on the points battle, and more.
The West Coast Lites series picks back up this weekend in Seattle, but how has your time off been going?
It's been going really good. I've just been working hard on a lot of things that I've felt I needed to improve on, and I think I have accomplished that. I don't know, I didn't take that much of a break—I only took a couple of weeks off and mostly did a bunch of outdoor testing. I feel really good right now, so hopefully I can come into Seattle and do the best I can.
Do you like to have a break like there has been, or is it more difficult to stay focused and ready to race?
This is my first time ever really having a break, because I was East Coast for the past couple of years. I kind of like it, because I get to have a break—like I said, I had a couple weeks off. When you're riding the East Coast, you have to get your outdoor testing done while your racing, which makes it difficult. I enjoyed the break, but the thing that is hard is that you have to stay healthy for the entire time. If you can do that, though, I think the break is good.
What was it like for you to take over the points lead at the last race of the West Coast in San Diego?
It was really good for me. I was 22 points back and had a few bad races due to crashes before that. So to go into that one [San Diego] and take the win was really nice. Eli crashed and it allowed me to gain a lot of points, so it was definitely a good feeling to walk out of there and gain all those points back. At the same time, though, it would have been nice if there was a race right after that, because Eli injured his elbow and that could have helped me out. But at the same time, Eli is going fast and [Cole] Seely, [Ryan] Sipes, [Marvin] Musquin, and [Wil] Hahn are also going to be back in the mix. It's going to be good.
Since you and the other top guys are so close in points, it's almost like it's the start of the season again, right?
Yeah, it's crazy. We're all close in points and the majority of us are all healthy, so it will be good.
As of now, you're not going to be on the Motocross of Nations team for Great Britain. Can you talk about that?
No one has really talked to me about it or anything; I've just been getting a bunch of Tweets and texts about it. I'm not even worried about it, because it's such a long ways away that I'm sure we'll get it all figured out and I'll be on it. People just need to relax, I think. They need to not overreact. It's so long away, that we'll get it all figured out. From what I've heard, it's more of a budget problem and that's not anything to do with me; Mitch [Payton] controls all of that. We'll just see what we have to do to get there; because I'll do anything I can to represent Team Great Britain.
Is the MXoN an important race for you?
Yeah, it absolutely is. I think the des Nations race is important for anyone who is representing their country. I want to be there, and I think we can have a really good team with Tommy [Searle] and whoever else gets picked. We just need to figure out what's wrong. I'm going to do what ever I can to be there. That's all I know.
There's a good chance that this weekend's race in Seattle is going to be a muddy one. What are your thoughts on the mud?
To be honest, I've never raced in the mud on a Supercross track because I've been on the East Coast for the past couple years and each track is inside a dome. I've been West Coast this year and it hasn't really rained. I'm going into it expecting the worst, but hoping for the best. We'll see how it goes. I'm not worried about it. I'm just going to get a good start and do the best that I can.