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12/22/2017 4:17 PM

jnickell wrote:

Hi Jeff. My question takes us back to the 1994 San Jose SX. You and MC were dicing and it looked like MC brake checked you causing you both to lay it down in the left hand turn after the finish line jump. Also, there was a jump immediately after the first triple that allowed you guys to clear a small table top as if it wasn't there. The gap was quite large and the landing was a large single that led into a 90 degree left. I remember watching you guys huck that and it appeared you all came up short purposely to scrub speed for the turn. At first I was thinking you guys were coming up short and I cringed until I figured out what I "think" you guys were doing. Can you confirm the alleged brake check and how you attacked the section after the triple? Thanks for the memories Jeff.

You can relive highlights of all the 1994 races at the following link. The San Jose race starts around the 53 minute mark, brake check and large jump included. Even though the large jump doesn't get any justice from the video. Here's the link... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WtkZsCPCx70

P.S.

My son was born in September 1990 and his name is also Jeff. His name is not random. I chose the name because of the quantity of successful MX Jeffs at the time (I also liked the name). The list included yourself, Stanton, Ward, Mataisevich. Little did I know I should have named him Ryan...

Jeff Emig wrote:

jnickell,

As racers we all remember things a certain way, I know I do! There are so many races where I swore that it happened this way or that way, then I watch it back, and its not that way at all. But my defense team can show that I did "go outside" and I did "try to stop"... haha! But shit man, thats racing. It was pretty heated between the two of us back then so it was what it was... just another race where I got the holeshot and MC past me for the win. It sucked, but thats the way it went.

And yes, Jeff was really popular name for SX riders back then, but probably not as successful as the 2 Ryans of the last decade!

Happy Holidays!

Thanks for all the replies Jeff. I have to correct you on the San Jose race though. MC didn't actually win that one. Your boy Larocco was on rails that night and stole it after MC had to check his brakes to confirm they were working. Oh, by the way, that was my son Jeff's first SX. We've been to countless races since then. Thanks for the entertainment all these years and I also have to compliment you on your booth skills. Well done.

One last question, who was your pro rider hero back in the 80's. Mine was DB and OShow.

Jim

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1. Context!
2. Context!
3. Context!

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12/22/2017 5:01 PM

Hey fro! Ive been a fan since i was 13 in 96' and watching you win outdoors and sweep 97'. It was awesome to see my favorite rider win championships. What were some of your favorite tracks? You always seemed to do well at redbud. Any chance on catching you at any so cal tracks like pala or glen helen on the weekends after sx is over? Thanks for doing this q&a!! Cheers!

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12/22/2017 6:45 PM

Jeff,

Watching you and MC battle back in the day was what hooked me for life. I got to see you guys in New Orleans back in the late 90’s. Is there any hope for a return to New Orleans in the future?

I remember 97’ and 98’ almost like it was yesterday. In 98’ do you feel like people discounted your abilities over McGrath’s?

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12/22/2017 6:57 PM

-MAVERICK- wrote:

Hi Jeff,

Of all the teams you rode for which bike was your favorite during your career and why?

Oh and Dungey might of landed on the Wheaties box but this guy...

Jeff Emig wrote:

Maverick,

Hard to beat that '96-'98 KX 250... That chassis and suspension was SO good! We did an amazing job of developing the engine too. I really enjoyed the process of testing and making the bike better. Rick Ash, Brett Leaf, Norm Bigelow, Jeremy Albrecht and the team worked really hard to give me the best bike out there. Good memories for sure, but even better machine. I still have one, you can check it out at the Fox Racing HQ in Irvine, CA. Its on display with a bunch of classic race bikes.

"Oh Ryan Dungey is the first SX Champ to be on a cereal box...." Thats bullshit! History will show that EMIG O's were the first to feature a racer from our sport. AND, be the healthiest way to start your day of riding, with OATS ANS BRAN! (which probably meant you were hitting the first filthy port-o-let you seen once you got to the track in the morning) Start every day with a .........

Negative Ghost Rider, the pattern is full.

Have a great holiday!

Thanks Fro. I kind if figured it would be the '97 KX. Kind of hard to pick something else when you won the MX title in '96 and the SX and MX title in '97 on those bikes.

Looking forward to the SX season.


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12/22/2017 8:25 PM

Mr. Emig,

What's your take on the PED talk going on? Does motocross have a problem?

Also; do you have something in your current announcing contract, like a "don't get hurt" clause? I wondered, because any time you ride a dirt bike, you risk injury, so I wasn't sure if your current gig was trying to keep you un-injured, or if they just left you completely alone on that front.

thanks

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12/22/2017 8:54 PM

Do you remember that night in Atlanta?

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12/22/2017 9:39 PM




Memories of tomorrow

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12/22/2017 9:44 PM

Jeff,
Do you have any fond memories of Saturday night races at 59th & Douglas?

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12/22/2017 9:54 PM

Eddy wrote:

Jeff,
Do you have any fond memories of Saturday night races at 59th & Douglas?

And/or Interstate?

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12/22/2017 10:01 PM

Keep_Riding78 wrote:

Mr. Emig,

Always been a big fan of yours
since your debut in the 250 class.

Since I live in St.Louis, and got to see
you take down McGrath in 96, and other
amazing ridders change up the scene here
in the big MO, what is your real opinion on
St.Louis Super Cross, and would you move it
closer to the middle of the season instead
Of near the end where most champions already
have the championship momentum?

Thank you for progressing, and giving so
much to the Motorsport world Jeff.

KR78,

Well, this year the event is March 17th, so it should be right in the thick of it!

Happy Holidays!

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12/22/2017 10:03 PM

motokiwi wrote:

Thanks for being you Fro. Legend.

P.S Your 97 KX 250 was the best looking bike of the decade.

motokiwi,

Thanks!

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12/23/2017 9:49 AM

hey Jeff my son little old blood was wondering if there's one jump that sticks out in your mind the most


Memories of tomorrow

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12/23/2017 9:52 AM

Fro- Thanks for doing this..

Couple of questions:

1. What are your thoughts on the new points system/format of the 18' SX season?
2. How the hell do you stay so lean? Curious about your daily routine in exercise & diet-

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12/23/2017 2:36 PM
Edited Date/Time: 12/24/2017 9:47 AM

Jeff:

Why do you and Ralph seem to go out of your way NOT to mention the national Motocross series during the Supercross broadcasts?

Specifically at the end of the Supercross Series, you guys never mention that most of the riders and teams we have been watching in Supercross are headed to the AMA National MX series in a few weeks. If an uninitiated person was to go just by your announcing, they would think that the next event for all the riders they have been watching all during the Supercross season is the Monster Energy Cup in the fall.

During the AMA national series Greg and Jason mention Supercross all the time. But you guys never mention Motocross. Why is that?

Thank you Jeff and Merry Christmas.

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12/23/2017 5:14 PM

Emig,

You rode some of the gnarliest SX tracks throughout your career. What is your opinion on the track designs of to day? and do you have a particular retro sx track that you would like to see the riders race on today?

Also not to bring up bad memories, But how did you crash at glen helen all those years ago? I remember my buddy saying you went down on the huge tabletop in the back.. But he never said how or what happend to cause the crash.

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12/23/2017 6:04 PM
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Hello Jeff,
Always been a big fan, I especially thought you looked great on that YZ125 back in the day. Loved your smooth, loose flow style.. and as they say here on Vital.. "You look comfortable".
My question is, are riders thankful for or more dreadful of Social Media? or maybe both? It sure seems to keep riders under the microscope at all times. It seems that unless you have a compound to hide out in, everyone knows what you're doing at almost all times. Do you see it as a positive or an added pressure, taking some of the fun out of the racing life? I guess what I'm asking is, are the Hotels left in better shape these days because Social Media is keeping everyone on their best behavior?

"I beat him fair and square.. on a Tub a Shit that was 30 pounds heavier than what he was riding."


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12/23/2017 6:10 PM

Merry Christmas Fro & fam!

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12/24/2017 8:16 AM
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Hey man, just wanna first say thanks for maintaining a genuine attitude, ups and down a true icon. As a kid pulling hard for Jeff Ward, you were my new favorite as a teenager. I'll never forget racing the Florida Gncc in about 01 and getting lapped by you running the industry class... is that the only off-road race you ever done? What's your take on the transparency between MX guys and off-road guys now. It seems to me like motorcycle fans in general are devided more than ever into separate disciplines while racers and hard core fans have more of an overall appreciation for all forms of racing. What needs to be done to harness all the fans and get the most bang for the buck? It almost seems there are so many schedules competing with each other, most fans are oblivious. Thanks for being one of the few "cool" guys left in a world of imitations!

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12/24/2017 7:49 PM
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longtime fan since 92' When I was at press day, at Broome-Tioga, I was just a kid and you went by me going up that road leading to the staging area, and Blipped the throttle on that 92 YZ125 and wheelied/seat bounced over the ditch and up and over the bank. Still remember the sound and smell of that bike.

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12/24/2017 9:26 PM
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Hey Fro, quick story when I was a young tyke my dad took me to Seattle sx when you were defending your #1. We head on into the pits and my dad asks one of the law mechanics for some swag and they brought out your side number plate rocking the #1. It was totally rad. It was even cooler seeing the face of MC2 when I asked him to sign it beneath your d
Sig. Anyways your the man and keep it up!

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12/24/2017 11:40 PM

Here's a cool random picture that I saw on Instagram today. I just picked up some of the original 1997 red shift pants for $20 off ebay.

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12/25/2017 3:00 AM

No question from me Fro, just wanted to say how cool it was reading your responses here and also a compliment on the RC school last year in Aus at Appin. I was the tall dude on the tall KTM who forgot how to do a proper start!

Really enjoyed the day, you were a total legend and it was pretty epic riding on track with RC, Stanton and Yourself. Cheers mate, big fan!

Cheers, Crush
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12/25/2017 9:27 PM

motokiwi wrote:

Thanks for being you Fro. Legend.

P.S Your 97 KX 250 was the best looking bike of the decade.

motokiwi,

That was a great bike! The team worked hard on getting that thing preforming like it did.

Best regards.

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12/25/2017 9:29 PM

Electro21 wrote:

Hi Jeff,

No questions, just a few comments. I have always been a big fan of yours. My Dad (Michael Gray) used to help your Dad back in the day with race cars. I believe it might have been before you born. I always loved going to the St. Louis SX every year to see you race. You always rode well there. I also loved seeing your brother Bryan race when he would show up to race at local Missouri races. He was pretty fast too.

Anyways, thanks for doing this!

Chances are... My dad worked on quite a few race cars!

Best regards.

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12/25/2017 9:30 PM

Steadman wrote:

Hey Jeff! Is there any particular bike you raced that you REALLY liked? One that you felt you could do no wrong on?

Steadman,

1997 SR250 Kawasaki. Epic.

Best regards.

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12/25/2017 9:44 PM

Sully wrote:

Thanks for doing this, Jeff. In the Massacre at Saddleback DVD, Hannah mentioned that there were a handful of races throughout his career that he remembered almost every detail of. Are there any races from your career (am or pro) like that?

Sully,

I would agree. There are a bunch of races that I can remember details from. I find it interesting though. I can remember shit that happened like 20 years ago, but I can't remember to pick up cat food from the store!

All the best!

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12/25/2017 9:48 PM

flatout111 wrote:

Jeff...it's truly an honor, Sir. You're such a legend. I'm big into SX, MX and also into their respective video games. From you being on the covers of the EA Supercross game series back in 99/2000 to now you being involved in Milestone's Monster Energy Supercross The Official Videogame.

My question. How did you become involved in the new Monster Energy Supercross game. I heard it was initially just Ralph but they've obviously added you. Curious about that experience. How long it took, did you enjoy it, anything cool about the experience.

Thanks for your time, Fro. 1997 is still my favorite Supercross series of all time. An epic year.

flatout,

Those games back in the days were great! I have very little involvement with the new game. I did some voice over work for the trailer but thats it. The game will have Ralph's race call throughout so it should be epic!

Thanks for the questions. Best regards.

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12/25/2017 9:51 PM

Nate_Ferderer wrote:

Hey Jeff, I think you do a great job in the announcing booth. I don't mean to critique you harshly, honest question: One thing that catches my attention during broadcasts or your work outside of SX is when you (and many others) pronounce Husqvarna Husq-a-varna. I believe the correct pronunciation is Husq-varna. Has this been brought up to you before?

Nate,

You're right. I guess my pronunciation comes from my dad 40 years ago! Through my work as a brand ambassador with Husqvarna, I have been told the authentic Swedish way, but I can never get it out that way. Old dog, old tricks I guess.

Best regards.

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12/25/2017 9:58 PM

Gukamonster wrote:

Hi Jeff. We hear a lot about your battles with Jeremy and LaRocco. What did you think of competing against Doug Henry? One of you two was the outdoor champion every year from 92-98, except for your guys' rookie 250 year in '95. What were some highlights of racing Doug?

Guka,

As difficult as it was, I really enjoyed racing against Doug Henry. Our battle for the 1993 AMA 125 MX Championship was legendary. I did and still have a tremendous amount of respect and admiration for Doug. I had a chance to catch up with him at a race in England a few months back.

All the best!