AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame racer Jeff Emig provides color commentary and analysis for Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, the premier off-road motorcycle racing series in the world.
Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2004, Emig scored three AMA Motocross Championships, one AMA Supercross Championship, a U.S. Open of Supercross win, 37 national event victories and was a member of six Motocross des Nations teams.
Turning pro on Aug. 28, 1988, at the age of 17, Emig was named AMA Pro Athlete of the Year in 1997, scoring seven wins and five runner-ups in 13 rounds, winning 17 of 26 motos on the year.
FROM THE DIRT TO THE BOOTH
Emig joined the Monster Energy Supercross television broadcast team in 2007, now working regularly with host Ralph Sheheen and pit reporter Jenny Taft.
“I knew that I wanted to have the color analyst position with the TV show, even though it was incredibly frightening for me to actually do,” Emig said in article for Racer X Online. “Not a lot of people know that I’ve grown up with a speech impediment — that I stutter and stammer at times. To become one of the voices for our sport and subject myself to potentially embarrassing situations, it can be pretty scary. It’s something that I always wanted to do, and I always admired former riders and athletes that were really good on the mic and really had something to say. I think that’s why I gravitated towards the broadcasting position.”
AN ERA DEFINED
No. 11 in Racer X Online’s 2013 ranking of “30 Greatest AMA Motorcrossers,” they referred to Emig as one of the motocross riders who “epitomized the 90s.”
Born Dec. 1, 1970 in Kansas City, Kan., Emig began riding trails with his family and friends at an early age. His first name, Cam, as in camshaft, was given to him by his father, Gary. Away from the broadcast booth, Emig and his wife, Jennifer, have two children, Presley and Jagger.