419 RACING began as a group of competitive friends from the Toledo, Ohio area that loved to ride off road together. One by one, Jon, Jake, and Jerry tried their hand at road racing, pulling the others along for the ride. At the beginning of the 2012 WERA season, all three were fully committed to the series and were racing with increasing competitiveness each and every round they attended together. With all three riders on the same type of bike, riding in mostly the same classes; the goal of finishing 1-2-3 in a respective race is a very exciting probability for the 419 RACING team.
Jerry bought his first dirtbike when he was 13 years old from money he earned mowing lawns. From this point forward, he knew that being on 2 wheels was where he needed to be. He’s ridden off road ever since, although he has never competed in an off road race, he considers dirt riding to be a large part of his road racing skill set. 2011 was his first year road racing; he competed in the WERA North Central Series, racing a 2006 Suzuki SV650. Every race weekend he competed in 3 sprint races, eventually winning the class championship in all 3 of these classes. Jerry is employed by Autolite Spark plugs as the Product Engineering Manager. He brings 10 years of product engineering experience to our racing efforts and fully understands the science of racing. He also works very closely with the product marketing department at Autolite and has real experience in trade shows and other marketing events. When not racing, he enjoys spending time with his family, off road riding, playing basketball, and performing duties as the friend’s and family’s auto technician.
Jon began riding motorcycles at 10 years old on a Honda Z-50R dirt bike. He started riding on the road at age 16 and since then owned various street bikes. He became heavily involved with Sportbike Track Time (www.sportbiketracktime.com) track days with his wife in 2011 and purchased a dedicated track bike in August 2011. That September he raced for the first time and won all three of his races. This past year he competed with WERA as a Novice and was able to clinch regional titles in the Lightweight Twin SS, SB and F2 classes. Away from the track Jon enjoys dirt bike trail riding, snowmobiling and wake boarding.
Justin, commonly known as ‘Jake,’ grew up and lives just outside of Findlay, Ohio. Growing up his passion in motorcycles and small engines began in his father’s powersports shop. At an elementary age, he was riding dirt bikes, racing motocross and helping his dad with various projects in the shop. As he grew older, he stopped racing motocross and began racing harescrambles and AMA GNCC’s. After graduation, he and his mother took over his father’s shop and he became the service parts manager and lead mechanic. In 2007, he bought his first street bike and was instantly addicted to riding. During the 2009 riding season, he rode his first track day and was hooked. Since then, he has completed 20+ track days at various tracks around the region. He continues to ride dirt bikes, but spends most of his time on the track, with his newest endeavor, road racing. In 2011, he bought his first race bike and raced eight races in the 2011 WERA North Central Series with promising results. In the 2012 season he has become a serious contender in the WERA North Central Series, winning the title of Novice Heavyweight Twins Superbike Champion.