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K1 RaceGear Welcomes Respected Industry Veteran Desiré Burkle to the Team!

Posted on June 10 2024

K1 RaceGear Welcomes Respected Industry Veteran Desiré Burkle to the Team!


K1 RaceGear is pleased to announce the hiring of a well-respected industry professional, Desiré Burkle,  effective June 10, 2024.

In her sales role, Desiré will service and sell to drivers, teams, and distributors. You’ll also find her at many professional events with our top-level athletes, and will contribute to our industry-leading growth that includes the recent partnership with Freem.  

Desiré brings a long list of clients and an unmatched resume across many disciplines in the motorsports industry.  In her 25+ years at Simpson Race Products, Desiré set the industry standard for customer relationships and development of products specific to industries and their respective teams while maintaining an absolute sterling reputation among her clients and peers. As a result, Desiré is a huge addition to the team and K1 RaceGear is excited to bring her on board. 

“I am incredibly honored and happy to have Desiré Burkle join our family here at K1,” says  JR Twedt, Director of Operations for K1 RaceGear. “This is a long time in the making! We’re two industry friends who have had a tremendous amount of respect for one another, and now we finally get the opportunity to combine our knowledge and passion for the motorsports and karting safety industry.”

“Her knowledge and reputation further highlight K1’s commitment to bring the best products and best people together as we grow,” adds Twedt. “I could not be happier about this addition and look forward to a long, mutually beneficial relationship with Desiré and her family.”

“I am very excited to join the team at K1 RaceGear and to be a part of one of the fastest-growing brands in motorsports!” says Desiré Burkle.  “I look forward to leveraging my experience and skills to continue to drive the company’s growth and build upon the customer relationships within the industry.  K1 has been at the forefront of many different areas in the motorsports industry, so I am glad to have joined such a wonderful team!”


Founded by racers, K1 RaceGear has been a leading manufacturer of professional-level racing gear - including suits, gloves, shoes, and more - for nearly 20 years. During this time, the American company has gained a reputation for exceptional quality, comfort, durability, and safety.  As a result, winners and champions across various top-level motorsports choose to wear K1 RaceGear products. This success has earned the company its slogan, “Winners wear K1: The Brand of Champions.”