Q&A: FS1's Jeff Emig offers Supercross insight before gates drop on season opener
This extended Q&A marks the fifth in a series with FOX Sports motor sports personalities to be highlighted over the next several months. To learn more about Monster Energy Supercross on FOX analyst and Hall-of-Fame rider Jeff Emig or to download photography, please visit http://foxs.pt/1ZTHsiP, and follow him on Twitter at @Emig47.
FOX SPORTS: What are the most interesting Monster Energy Supercross storylines heading into the 2016 season?
EMIG: Certainly Chad Reed and James Stewart are interesting stories. Chad has disbanded 22 Motorsports and is now back racing under the new Factory Yamaha rig, while James is back racing after a suspension kept him sidelined for 2015. Both riders are two of the best riders in history, and are a big draw with the fans. If either rider wins a race, the crowd will go nuts and it will be really exciting for our viewers on FS1.
Dungey is on a quest to win the title back-to-back, which he has never accomplished. And there at least 10 other riders who probably feel that 2016 is their year, so I guess we will have to wait and see how it plays out.
FOX SPORTS: Any new faces that fans should be keeping an eye on and why?
EMIG: The new faces challenging for the Monster Energy Supercross championship are Marvin Musquin on the KTM and Jason Anderson on the Husqvarna. Both riders have 250SX tiles to their credit and ironically they also train together in Florida.
FOX SPORTS: What do you expect out of James Stewart after missing last season?
EMIG: I expect James Stewart to be fast enough to win the main each and every night. He tends to crash a lot and have nagging injuries, and this will ultimately be why he is not my pick to win the title. It's hard to believe he is over 30 years of age now, but there will be nights this season that he races like a 20-year-old again.
FOX SPORTS: Who fell flat last season that you expect a better performance out of this season and why?
EMIG: Ken Roczen started out 2015 by kicking some ass, then the injury in Oakland and problems off the bike ended his season. I think he will be a title contender the whole way.
FOX SPORTS: Your pick for the 2016 champion and why?
EMIG: At this point of the season, the only choice is Ryan Dungey. Ask me again after five races and I may have a different answer. One thing I do know is that a lot happens in the 18 weeks of Monster Energy Supercross. With the great field that we have this year, it's hard to pick a winner. I will say this, I predict that we have more main event winners this season than ever in the history of the sport, and that will be great for TV!
Other Q&A's in this series:
· Mike Joy