Where Are They Now: Bryan EmigFriday, September 22, 2006 | 12:13 PM
Motocross has a long history of racing brothers, including Tyson and Tallon Vohland, Ivan and Gio Tedesco, Keith and Kevin Johnson, Shane and Ezra Lusk, Brandon, Forrest, and Karsten Butler, and of course, Mike and Jeff Alessi. While most of you out there are very familiar with current Racer X Illustrated cover boy Jeff Emig, far fewer of you know about or remember his older brother Bryan. While Bryan hasn’t raced a professional event in over ten years, he still rides quite a bit and is surrounded by motorcycles every day. In fact, he now owns and operates a motorcycle modification business in Kansas City called Strategic 3.
Bryan’s father owned and operated Gary Emig Racing, another high-performance motorcycle modification business, to fund the family’s effort. It was here that Bryan began learning how to work on and modify motors and suspension components. Learning these skills would become very helpful once the curtain began to fall on Bryan’s racing career. Soon, a door of opportunity opened up with factory Kawasaki.
Bryan would become an employee of K.H.I. (Kawasaki Heavy Industries), where he would be the mechanic for factory rider Michael Craig. Emig and Craig enjoyed some success while working together, as Mike was able to earn some podium finishes in the supercross series and outdoor nationals. The highlight of their tenure was winning the 1992 Ultracross Championship. While Bryan enjoyed being on the pro tour and living in California, life took a different turn and he found himself heading back to his native town of Kansas City to join his father, Gary, and sister, Paige, and also raise his son, Cody.
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