Dean Baker, a former professional motocross racer, started racing at 12 years old. While he showed promise by winning the Loretta Lynn Amateur National Open Intermediate championship in 1989, he felt he would be better off working as a tuner than a rider.
In 1994, Dean joined Troy Racing working with Todd Dehoop and Michael Craig. After working with several top riders, Dean was placed in charge of engine development and chassis testing. His engines won titles with Ernesto Fonseca, Stephane Roncada, and Chad Reed. In 2004, he accepted a position with Kawasaki to help develop the new KX250F.
At Kawasaki, Dean worked on the KX250F, and then the development of the all-new KX450F. He built the World Supercross GP championship engine in Stewart’s 2006 KX450F, as well Michael Byrne’s engines.
In 2007, Dean moved to KTM where he worked on the new KTM 450SXF with Mike and Jeff Alessi before accepting an offer from JGRMX to head up engine research and development for the new team with his old friend Jeremy Albrecht. Dean has been with the effort from the start, and his contributions to the team’s engine tuning capabilities have been invaluable. firstname.lastname@example.org