Pioneers of American Motorcycle Racing

In July of 1908, on a "borrowed" Indian prototype, DeRosier set a quarter-mile record at the Paterson, New Jersey velodrome. Jake's average speed was 68.2 mph and he won the three-mile race on the same day in a shade over 3 minutes. As a result of this performance, the 28 year-old cyclist was added to the official Indian team. While riding for Indian DeRosier gained fame quickly, having a talent for close drafting and an eye for the fastest line around the track.

Courtesy of Daniel K. Statnekov