Jacob’s KX250F suspension was thoroughly massaged by FTI Racing. They made some internal modifications to both the
shock and forks that provide a plush yet firm feel once you get to the bottom of the stroke.
he years of dedication and hard work that a rider
puts in trying to make a career in prof racing are
almost always highlighted by a wild-goose chase
in search of the “golden ticket.” The odds of getting a
full-boat ride are slim, but the passion for the sport and
the thrill of the chase are often reward enough. Riders
from all over the world come to the prestigious Loretta
Lynn AMA National Amateur Championships to pursue
their dreams. It is a long road to Loretta Lynn success.
You have to ride qualifiers and
regionals—and, most important, you have to put your
family’s bank account in jeopardy in order to line up
behind the 40-man gate. One thing is for certain: make it
or not, the path to the big time can very well be the best
time of a young rider’s life.
Jacob Hayes is one of those kids on the hunt for
motocross stardom. As a multi-time Loretta Lynn
champion and decorated Amateur National champion,
you would think that he would be on the short list to
get a sponsored ride into the Pro ranks. Not so! After the
flurry of signing by the Pro scouts, Jacob and his family
were on the outside looking in.
The local boy from Greensboro, North Carolina, is
highly respected, not just for his riding skills, but for the
genuinely nice person that he has grown to be. The local
The high-strung engine built by Malaska Motorsports needs
as much airflow as possible to keep from overheating. The
bike uses Cycra Powerflow shrouds to help keep the engine