Team Suzuki Press Office - May 6.
Former 500cc GP World Champion Kevin Schwantz is to make his international racing comeback this year at the Suzuka 8-Hour World Endurance Championship second round in Japan.
The 48-year-old, who clinched the 1993 World Championship aboard his #34 Lucky Strike RGV500 Suzuki, will race a GSX-R1000 in a three-rider Suzuki team set-up by Yukio Kagayama that also includes former MotoGP, WSB and BSB rider Noriyuki Haga.
Kagayama - who has also ridden all three championship classes with Suzuki - has formed the privateer team for the 2013 Coca-Cola Zero Suzuka 8 Hours on July 28th - the biggest and most-prestigious motorcycle race on Japan's motorcycle racing calendar.
"Last week, Circuit of the Americas (CotA) issued a statement suggesting I had nothing to do with bringing MotoGP to Austin. Unlike others who have had disputes with CotA, I am free to speak my mind. So let me set the record straight: I am the reason MotoGP is coming to Texas and no one currently associated with CotA had anything to do with the design of the actual race track. There's no shortage of evidence to prove these facts.
On February 2, 2011, Dorna CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta sent me a letter confirming that 3FourTexasMGP, my company, is the ‘sole rights holder for MotoGP in the state of Texas for the years 2013-2022.’ On February 3, 2011, Comptroller Susan Combs sent a letter to me and Mr. Ezpeleta confirming that the MotoGP U.S. Grand Prix would be included in the state’s Event Trust Fund beginning in 2013. In that letter, the state comptroller explained that the annual funding would be sent to 3fourTexasMGP, 'the rights holder for all MotoGP events in Texas.' On April 12, 2011, at the request of the state comptroller a press conference was held announcing that MotoGP was on its way to Texas. Finally, on July 22, 2011, Mr. Ezpeleta sent a letter to the state Comptroller saying that 'both Kevin (Schwantz) and I are positive that the measured success of our events in Texas will be fantastic for both the state of Texas and MotoGP.’
I have read several reports regarding my attendance at the MotoGP test last week in Austin. I would like to make this statement:
"I had been in Switzerland over the weekend where I was the guest speaker at the St. Gallen University. I returned to Texas on Tuesday evening and on Thursday I was at CotA for the MotoGP test, with a proper credential supplied by the Attack team, to coach Blake Young. Additionally I was an invited guest of the LCR Honda team.
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Motorcycle riding school run by MotoGP great will host only one, maybe two, schools in 2013.
Latest motorcycle-industry small business to feel the economic squeeze? The Schwantz School. According to school namesake and principal, 1993 500cc World Champion Kevin Schwantz, the 12-year-old program has been tightening its belt for some time to no avail. Now, enough is enough.
“We haven’t seen recovery in attendance since the end of 2007,” says Schwantz, 48. “It’s been five years of trying to come up with ideas and do things to attract people to the school.
“With our program, the way we run it and the first-class operation that we produce, it’s hard to trim many corners that would make it easier for the average person to participate. So, we’re going to minimize the school this year.”
Over its decade-plus life, the Schwantz School has called both Road Atlanta and Barber Motorsports Park home, but the only place you’ll find the two-day program in 2013 will be at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in conjunction with the August 15-18 Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix.
“We’re going to do one, possibly two schools at Indy,” says Schwantz, “and then work on whatever special requests we may have here in America or in Europe.
“Indy is an easier sell. The attraction is there. ‘Wow, MotoGP is going to be there. I really want to ride the same track as Nicky Hayden and Ben Spies and Valentino Rossi.’ There’s added excitement. You’ve got international people coming to the race, and we can hold schools before and after the event.
“Indy has been a lot of fun for us, and it’s a great environment to work in. Mel Harder and his staff welcome us with open arms. Mel is quite the rider himself, so we like to get him on track whenever we get a chance.”