During our time in the paddock at the 2018 Hangtown Motocross, we talked with Rockstar Energy Racing Husqvarna Team Manager Bobby Hewitt about the possibilities of the team hiring a fill-in rider to race in place of the injured Dean Wilson during the 2018 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship. With Wilson sidelined for the summer due to a torn ACL, many expected the team to put an available rider on the factory FC450 for the remaining eleven rounds, as most teams have contractual obligations with sponsors to have as many bikes on the track as possible. In fact, hopes of getting a chance at the open spot were partly the reason that Bradley Taft decided to ride a Husqvarna as a privateer at Hangtown.
Contrary to the thoughts of many, Hewitt told us that he does not intend to fill the position for the summer unless necessary or if he is forced to from Husqvarna’s higher management. Hewitt’s reasons were understandable, as he said the pool of available riders is not deep, that it would be very costly to develop the bike to a rider’s liking with very little in return for possible results, and that the team and rider would have to part ways again at the end of the summer due to the team’s stacked roster for 2019.
As with anything in motocross, this could all change at a moment’s notice but for now, Jason Anderson will be the only factory-backed Husqvarna rider on the track this summer.