Dean Wilson has inked a two-year deal that will see him aboard Jeff Ward Racing Kawasakis in the 2013 and 2014 AMA Supercross and Motocross Championships in the 450cc class.
The 20-year-old Scotsman won the 2011 AMA 250cc Motocross title and won five AMA Supercross Lites main events in the 2011/2012 Supercross season.
"I'm thrilled to join the Jeff Ward Racing Team," said Wilson in a team release. "I had a few offers to choose from but joining JWR was a no brainer. I wanted to stay on Kawasakis and the chance to work with Jeff Ward was an opportunity that I couldn't pass up. The guy is a legend."
Ward, a seven-time AMA Motocross and Supercross Champion, is excited to have Wilson on his team.
"Dean is one of the 450cc class rookies to watch, and I'm excited to help him transition into the premier division," Ward said. "He is a great kid, and I've admired his talent and work ethic at a distance for years now. I believe that he will be a frontrunner from the start, and we are all expecting great things in 2013."
Wilson will race a factory supported Kawasaki KX450F, tuned by Oscar Wirdeman, who helped guide Chad Reed and James Stewart to their 2008 and 2009 Supercross Championships, respectively.
Josh Grant finished sixth in the 2012 AMA Pro Motocross Championship on a Jeff Ward Racing Kawasaki.