With a dream as a kid of working as a race mechanic, Tony Jeske set his sights on the lights and elements of professional MX and SX. Growing up in a small town in Minnesota he rode and raced, but knew it wasn’t a career path at a young age. He decided when he was 16 that he would attend MMI after graduating from High School and look forward to the future. After attending the campus in Phoenix, Arizona and graduating he moved back to Minnesota and began working in a Yamaha and Polaris dealership as a tech. The options for “Race Mechanic Internships” didn’t exist so with his focus still on racing at the highest level. He continued with the persistence and it paid off when he was called by a Minnesota racer, Jayme Grosser, to be his wrench. It was the end of December in 2002. He quit his job that day and loaded his tools with his sails set toward California. From that point on, the rest is history. He sacrificed, pushed himself, learned the trade in the real world and what the pressure to perform really is, and worked his way up through the ranks of privateer mechanic to factory. Working for teams such as WSA SnoCross MX Team, Subway Honda, Motoworld Suzuki, Cernics Suzuki, Geico Honda, JDR Jstar KTM along with other industry roles. An opportunity came in 2006 to do some work with a legendary FMX rider. It continued for years to come so he would balance a full time job and passionately work out of his garage doing things his way working with some of FMX’s greats. When the corporate world got to a point of being stale and the feeling of having more in him that an employer couldn’t satisfy. Jeske MX Customs was born, in 2012, in that garage. It has since blossomed into a reputable establishment trusted by many of the sports Elite.
In July 2015, the move from the Moto Mecca of Southern California to Northern Idaho was completed and the relocation of Jeske MX Customs took place. He and his wife, Cheri decided it was time to be near family and raise their children there. So you could say that starting fresh and relocating could be a mistake, but Tony looks at it as an opportunity for growth. Jeske MX Customs earned a solid reputation there, with those factors, in a short period of time. From the very begining, he’s always stayed true to originality and a focus on what makes Jeske MX Customs unique and different. Just take a few moments to look over one of his Name Staked builds and be the judge for yourself. Tony is determined to continue pushing the envelope and forging on with the remarkable builds that he is known for.
photo credit – Brenden Lutes / LDM