Hinson has the best reputation for building bulletproof
clutches, so FTI didn’t think twice about upgrading the stock
components to a full Hinson clutch assembly.
Malaska Motorsports ported the head, ground their own
camshaft, massaged the valve train, and installed a CP Carillo
rod and high-compression piston. The transmission received
Xceldyne’s Super Finish Process to smooth out the shifting.
Almost no stone was left unturned.
North Carolina motocross community believes in Jacob,
and when they found out that he needed help to get to
the next level, they jumped at the opportunity to help.
A bevy of North Carolina’s most powerful motorcycle companies came together to make things happen
and bring Jacob’s racing program to life. Those include
SRS Motorsports, FTI Racing, CV4 Products and Cycra
SRS Motorsports is the local shop that has supplied
Jacob with his bikes for years. In the golden era of
motocross, local shops were the lifeblood of racing. It’s
nice to see that SRS keeps the tradition alive. FTI Racing
dialed in Jacob’s KX250F suspension, along with piecing
the bike together. CV4, Xceldyne and Cycra bought all
the pieces. These four companies know that a struggling
privateer in the AMA Nationals doesn’t just need a fast
bike but a reliable one as well. They were willing to
dedicate the money, time and knowhow to build Jacob a
competitive bike. Countless hours of testing and development went into making this bike a perfect fit for Jacob.
Jacob’s story is heartwarming, and when you see all
the people who have gathered in his corner, you can’t
help but say to yourself, “This better have a happy
ending!” These companies don’t have the budget of the
factory teams, but they have passion. So, when the
MXA wrecking crew got the chance to ride Jacob’s bike,
we were excited to see what this determined group
came up with.
Jacob said his bike was perfect for him, but was it
perfect for the MXA test riders? Surprisingly, it was
pretty close! Jacob weighs about 20 pounds less than
our test riders but is lightning fast, which leads to a stiff
setup. This setting was spot-on for our heavier test
riders. Jacob’s FTI setup had a plush feel initially and
got progressively stiffer through the mid-stroke. Plus, it
had great bottoming resistance for the big jumps. FTI
sells a replica of Jacob’s B-kit setup for $795.
There were no hiccups in the engine department,
either. We didn’t have to abuse the clutch, as the power