The first steps of the company
JD Racing Ignition was founded in 1998 as a trademark owned by the already established consulting firm J/D Electronic.
Fueled by the experience of its founder in the electronics industry, gained through years of experience working as a hardware and software developer for many companies, the main purpose of the new brand was to develop an innovative electronic control unit for managing 2 and 4 stroke single-cylinder engines.
A year and a half of study and investment resulted in the first working prototypes, designed for the Honda CR125 and CR250. This first positive result opened the doors to the commercialization of our first products.
Dario Buschini, JD's project manager
Within 6 months, based on the experience with the first prototype, JD started to produce and sell units for other off-road motorcycle brands such as Yamaha, Kawasaki, and Suzuki.
With the sale of these early models also born the first commercial interest from societies such as PRO Circuit based in California, USA.
Our first World Title
2003 Enduro World Champion
As the product was spreading in the world of off-road motorcycles, teams that participated in national and international competitions began to take an interest and to consider the possibility of commercial partnerships and sponsorships.
JD debut in 2000 as a sponsor of a team participating in the motocross world championship and immediately got a good result with the rider Mike Brown, who ranked third on a Honda CR125.
Three years later came the first world title with Stephan Merryman on Honda CRE250.
Today, JD continues its effort in the creation of innovative and efficient control units for off-road motorcycle engines. In the latest years it has further expanded its portfolio introducing electronic fuel injection. In this regard, we established a particularly significative collaboration with Cosworth with the goal to develop a fuel injection system for the Yamaha YZF250 (at that time only carbureted).
The experience and the quality proven through years of work in the aftermarket scene has allowed JD to enter for the first time in its history, into a commercial agreement with Gas Gas.