Was Loretta Lynn’s 1988 group the best A-class ever?
As for Emig, he would return in 1989 as the top amateur prospect and win the 250 A Modified class, then head straight to Washougal National in Washington the following weekend and finish ninth overall. Not as good as Bradshaw, but in the long run Emig would have the best professional career. While Bradshaw would win a single AMA 125 East Region SX crown, Emig would win three AMA Pro Motocross Championships as well as the 1997 AMA Supercross crown in an AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame career.
But Bradshaw and Emig weren’t the only really fast kids in the A classes that year. In fact, another future member of the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame, Californian Mike Kiedrowski, rode for Kawasaki Team Green in 88, then joined the Honda team in 1989 and quickly won the AMA 125 National Championship on the # 762 CR125, just three points. in front of his fellow rookie Bradshaw. The “MX Kied” will win a total of four AMA Pro Motocross Championships.
Another Californian, Steve Lamson, would finish third in the ’88 125 A Modified class and pursue a professional career that would see him win two AMA 125 Pro Motocross championships and also become the first rider in Motocross of Nations history to win a motorcycle. . squarely on a 125cc motorcycle.