The first Rider Spotlight of the 2020 SX season is that of the 26-year-old from Liberty, NC, Jacob Hayes. Jacob recently signed with the Gas Monkey/AJE Motorsports/Law Tigers team for the 2020 250WSX year and will be riding a Husqvarna FC250 sporting the number 45.
Jacob’s early years of racing included numerous years competing at the Lorretta Lynn’s AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship. He began racing there in 2003 at age nine and continued until 2011. During that time Hayes racked up some impressive finishes overall, which included 15 top ten finishes over the years. Of those top ten finishes, seven of them where finishes on the podium. Two – first place finishes: 65 (10-11) Stock (2005) and Schoolboy (12-16) B/C (2009). Four – second place finishes: 65 (7-11) Modified (2005), 85 (12-13) Stock (2007), Super Mini 2 (14-16) (2008) and 450A (2011). One – third place finish: Super Mini 2 (14-16) in 2008. This was a very promising start to his racing career.
In 2012 Jacob turned pro and he raced a KTM 250 during the outdoors in the Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship. He finished six races that year with a 16th overall at Southwick being his best result of that rookie season. In 2013 he finished only two races during the outdoors MX and rode a Kawasaki KX450F.
From there Hayes decided to throw his hat into the ring of the Amsoil Arenacross Championship. He competed in that series until it’s conclusion in 2018 and ended on a very high note: where he had eleven podiums in twelve rounds of racing and taking the Championship title.
After having some impressive results during the 2018 SX2 series overseas, where he had four top fives’ and finished third in the series, he decided to made the move to the 2019 250W SX series. During his Rookie season he finished inside the top 20, eight times. Of those finishes he had three top ten finishes, with his highest result coming at the round in Oakland, California, while riding for the Cycle Trader Rock River Yamaha team on aYZ250F.
During the Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross in 2019 he had a pair of tenth place finishes overall at Florida (13-8) and Southwick (12-9). Ending his 2019 250 MX season in 19th overall.
During the off season he traveled to Australia to compete in the SX2 championship once again and took the overall (1-3) at Brisbane and finishing 17th in the championship.
This year although he is on a new team and bike don’t count him out, he is a proven champion after all and he could give the competition some serious trouble.
Crazy4Dirt can’t wait to see what his season brings; we are all wishing him the best with his new team and the 2020 title quest.