MDK Hires New Director of Engineering

Murrieta, CA – MDK Motorsports / MDK Racing (MDK) has hired Dr. Simon Jackson as it's Director of Engineering at the MDK Speed Equipment engine design and manufacturing facility in San Jose, California. 

MDK Racing and MDK Speed Equipment are responsible for the engine design/development of the MDK/KTM Lites Team as well as select privateer Honda, Yamaha SX/MX Teams. The long-term contract between MDK and KTM has allowed the addition of Simon Jackson to the MDK staff. This addition will allow MDK Speed Equipment to rapidly bring world-class component designs to manufacture, test and racing.

Dr. Jackson has a long history of engineering at Companies like Cosworth Racing - Cart and IRL, Kawasaki Motor Corp. - SX/MX engine development and Nascar & Aprilia WSB project consultation. Key skills include development based engineering and management, FEA analysis, 3D design, materials and manufacturing.

 Dr. Jackson and MDK Speed Equipment are currently partnering with select worldwide vendors for the production of MDK Speed Equipment designed engine components for our MDK supported Race Teams as well as the production of KTM, Honda, Kawasaki, Yamaha and Suzuki performance components. Dr. Jackson's long time relationships with leading piston, valve, spring, rod and other strategic component manufacturers will allow MDK to bring the highest quality materials, forgings, machined products and coatings to the industry.

MDK Team Owner, Mark Kvamme and MDK Racing’s Director of Racing Operations, Danny Paladino expressed, “The hiring of Simon has allowed MDK to bring all of our engineering in house to support our engine component development.  We feel the relationship with our partners and vendors will bring the highest quality components to not only our Race Team but to the consumer as well. This key addition also allows MDK to be in position to head into other forms of motorcycle racing as well.”

About MDK Motorsports and MDK Speed Equipment:

MDK Motorsports, LLC and MDK Speed Equipment, LLC are privately held companies and part of the MDK brand family of motocross related products and services. With 30 years of experience in Aerospace Engineering and a passion for high performance 4-stroke motocross bikes, MDK Speed Equipment delivers technology and products that have not been previously available to the general public.

AS 9003 aerospace manufacturing protocols are used, along with countless hours of dyno, flow bench, and track testing to enable MDK SE to provide products and services that deliver great performance and durability. MDK SE works with top-tier riders, including MDK Racing’s Nick Wey and David Vuillemin, who, as a team, have more AMA Supercross podium finishes in 2006 than any other non-factory team.

MDK Motorsports team sponsors include: KTM, MDK Speed Equipment, Face Lift Unlimited/FLU Designs, FMF, Works Connection,, ProTaper, MSR, RG3, Hinson Clutch Components, Twin Air, Bridgestone, Acerbis, VP Fuels, NewFren Brakes, and Mechanics Wear.

MDK Motorsports and MDK Speed Equipment are located in San Jose, California. For more information go to or