Legends and Heroes Tour Press Release:
AMA Hall of Famer Jeff Emig will be honored by the Legends And Heroes tour at his “hometown” Supercross race in St. Louis this Saturday. A multi-time champion on the bike, Emig has settled into life after racing as the color commentator for the sport of Supercross, making this weekend’s honors doubly deserved!
During the 1990s, Jeff Emig became one of the top personalities on the AMA Motocross and Supercross scene. Always a trendsetter, Emig helped defined the 1990s motocross lifestyle characterized by a unique style of dress, distinctive music and an undying passion for motocross. Always a crowd favorite, throngs of fanatical Jeff Emig fans wore giant fake wigs in honor of the rider they affectionately nicknamed “Fro.”
During a pro career that spanned 11-years, Emig earned 37 AMA National wins. This places him fourth on the all-time list of AMA 250cc national motocross wins (remember these were the 2-stroke era when 250cc was the premier class). Fro is also sixth on the all-time AMA 125cc MX list and tied for seventh in AMA Motocross/Supercross combined wins. Quite a legacy.
Cam Jeffrey Emig was born in Kansas City, Kansas on December 1, 1970. As a boy, Jeff’s father and friends began trail riding and the family would take trips to the hills of southern Missouri to ride. Emig’s older brother, Brian, was the first to take up the family hobby, but soon young Jeff quickly followed in his footsteps. Brian also started racing first with Jeff following him at age 7. It didn’t take long for Jeff to start winning, and racing rapidly became a focal point for the Emig family.
By 1989, Emig had made his transition into the professional ranks and as he’d done in his first AMA outdoor motocross national, he lead the early laps in his first AMA 125cc West Supercross race in 1989 at Anaheim Stadium. One week later, he broke his elbow and had to work through the injury the rest of the season.
In 1990, Jeff joined the Team Kawasaki juggernaut alongside some of the biggest stars in racing: Jeff Ward, Johnny O’Mara and Jeff Matiasevich. As a factory rider, Emig went on to capture a pair of AMA West Region 125cc Supercross races that year, finishing fourth in the series and finishing fifth in the AMA 125cc Motocross Championship. This launched a decade of success for Fro.
Jeff finally ended his career with three AMA Motocross Championships, an AMA Supercross title, the 1999 US Open of Supercross win and a total of 37 National victories. He was selected to represent the United States six-times as a member of the U.S. Motocross des Nations teams from 1992 through 1997 and in 2004 he was inducted into the AMA Motorcycle Hall of fame.
After hanging up his helmet, Jeff Emig has continued to remain active in the business and sport of motorcycling. Saturday nights he shares his expertise and unique Supercross insights as part of the FOX Sports broadcast team with host Ralph Sheheen and Ricky Carmichael.
During Saturday evening’s pre-race ceremony, Jeff “Fro” Emig will be presented with the Legends And Heroes Award on the Monster Podium and a personally monogrammed Rockwell timepiec