Austin, TX – April 3, 2014 – One of the most notable names in motorcycle racing, 1993 World Champion Kevin Schwantz will once again be wearing RS Taichi leather suits and protective gear. Schwantz wore RS Taichi gear during several of his memorable seasons in the 500cc class, including time spent in Pepsi and Lucky Strike livery. His partnership and success with Taichi apparel all started with his victory at the 1988 Daytona 200. Schwantz took to the track in RS Taichi leathers again for the first time on Monday at the Circuit of The Americas media day, as newly appointed motorcycle ambassador for the circuit.
It has been announced that later this year, Schwantz will pair with his original 1986 Suzuka 8 Hours teammate, Satoshi Tsujimoto, to contest the prestigious race on a special Yoshimura Suzuki "Legends Team". The Texan has also been known to pop up at the occasional club race, and instructs at his Schwantz School. So even at age 50, Schwantz genuinely puts his protective gear through its paces.
Kevin Schwantz commented, "I am really excited to be riding the Suzuka 8Hour again in 2014 with my 1986 teammate Satoshi Tsujimoto on a Yoshimura prepared Suzuki. To wear RS Taichi leathers, whose leathers I wore from 1988-1992, for the 8Hour race this year will be great as their hands-on attention, service and support, in Japan is what you have to have for an event like the 8Hour race!"
AUSTIN, Texas (March 27, 2014)– Circuit of The Americas (COTA)and motorcycle racing legend Kevin Schwantz have amicably settled their legal differences and have reached a new agreement to collaboratively promote motorcycling racing at the Austin circuit and across the United States. Schwantz will serve as an official ambassador for COTA and work to promote the upcoming Red Bull Grand Prix of The Americas MotoGP™event set for April 11-13, 2014.
“Kevin is a great champion and partnering with him gives us an opportunity to learn from his deep knowledge, as well as continue to celebrate his accomplishments,” Circuit Chairman Bobby Epstein said. “Kevin and I have always shared the desire to see him be a part of COTA, and it's awesome to finally see it become a reality. A great American track and a great American champion in the same city can't be kept apart. As a result, casual riders, current racers, future stars and the fans all win.”
Dazzling outback Australian scenery and terrain, a hot shower each day, fully catered meals, and comfortable swags are among the rare luxuries guaranteed on all of a series of spectacular motorcycle tours hand-picked, organised and led by former 500cc grand prix ace Daryl Beattie. The highly respected winner of three 500cc world motorcycle grands prix and runner-up to Mick Doohan in the 1995 world championship has formed a new business called Daryl Beattie Adventures. Beattie is planning a hectic 2014 that will include no fewer than seven adventure motorcycle tours into the Australian outback. This is in addition to his ongoing MotoGP television commitments for Network Ten.
Donington Park is getting ready to welcome motorcycling legend and 1993 500cc World Champion Kevin Schwantz to the circuit, as he joins in the celebrations at the Classic Motorcycle Festival this August.
Schwantz, a long-time Suzuki legend, won a number of Grand Prix on Donington Park’s world-famous track, and is especially looking forward to returning to ride at the scene of so many great victories.
Speaking ahead of his visit, Kevin said: “I am really looking forward to going to ride at the 2014 Classic Motorcycle Festival at Donington Park. Donington is a place where I've won so many Grand Prix and Transatlantic Match races, and I have great memories of racing there. It goes without saying that it holds a very special place in my heart, as do all the English fans.”
Bob Adams, Circuit Manager at Donington Park, added: “This is a great coup for Donington Park and we can’t wait to welcome Kevin to the Classic Motorcycle Festival. It’s 20 years since Kevin’s last win here, and with the help of Team Classic Suzuki owner Steve Wheatman, we’re even going to reunite Kevin with his favoured 1994 XR84 Lucky Strike Suzuki – no 1 plate."
“Seeing Kevin take to the famous curves of Donington Park once more is an absolute must for any motorcycling fan. He’s a hero to so many and die-hard enthusiasts will be pleased to know that he’ll be demoing a range of fantastic bikes over the course of the Classic Motorcycle Festival weekend.”
Schwantz was a leading light in the golden era of 500cc GP racing, battling not just arch rival Wayne Rainey, but also the likes of Mick Doohan and Eddie Lawson on his way to 25 500cc victories. That’s more wins than four-times world champions Duke and Surtees and triple world champions Rainey and Roberts.
As part of his visit to Donington Park Kevin will also hold autograph sessions and ‘An evening with Kevin Schwantz’ is also due to take place in the Donington Grand Prix Collection. Further details are set to be released in the near future.
The Classic Motorcycle Festival takes place on August 8-10, with a variety of other classic motorsport on offer for the whole family. Click here for advance tickets and hospitality.