28 December 2012

Kevin Schwantz vs Circuit of the Americas | Backstabbing At Its Worst?

Backroom dealings between the Circuit of the Americas and Dorna force Kevin Schwantz out of promoting the MotoGP race in his home state
From the January, 2013 issue of Sport Rider
By Kent Kunitsugu

Former 500cc Grand Prix world champion Kevin Schwantz had his name in the news back in September of 2012, but certainly not in a way he'd prefer. Schwantz was forced to file suit against the Circuit of the Americas (the new sprawling racetrack facility built near Austin with the intention of bringing Formula One auto racing to Texas) and its president Steve Sexton, charging that Sexton and COTA "through tortious interference and fraud...encouraged Dorna to breach and purportedly terminate" the contract that Schwantz had to promote the MotoGP race that had been planned for 2013 at the facility.

Normally I avoid reporting upon legal disputes because of their tedious nature. But what really irks me about this situation is how one party refused to do the honorable thing and assist a person whose legendary stature in the sport is only matched by his integrity and tireless efforts at giving back to the sport.

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29 October 2012

Many of you have been asking about the status of MotoGP in Texas, and I wanted to share this statement:

kevin2I have devoted over 25 years of my life to MotoGP, the premier motorcycle road racing world championship. I spent four of those years bringing MotoGP to Texas, my home state. As a result, MotoGP agreed in 2011 to host an annual race at Austin's Circuit of the Americas (COTA) track.

I'm sorry to say that COTA is now attempting to unlawfully force me out of this project. I believe COTA has committed fraud in doing so. Earlier today, I took legal action against COTA. I was forced to file this lawsuit in order to protect my rights, my reputation, and MotoGP itself.

I want to see MotoGP come to Texas, but I cannot allow COTA to take advantage of me. More important, I will not sit idly by while a newcomer to racing discredits the sport I love.

-Kevin Schwantz, President of 3fourTexasMGP, LLC

24 May 2012

I'm a firm believer in the "use it or lose it" mentality when it comes to road racing. Anytime a rider has an extended duration off the motorcycle, the ability to stay sharp dwindles. With that being said, time had quickly marched on since the last road race event for me; October, 2011 to be exact and I definitely needed to get back out there.

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24 April 2012

Arai Helmet, The Official Helmet Partner of the 2012 Isle of Man TT Races, has announced a line up of six of the world's leading motorcycle racers past and present who will be taking part in a Parade Lap of the Mountain Course on Wednesday 6th June.

Topping the bill will be 1993 World 500cc Champion Kevin Schwantz. The American won a total of 25 races between 1988 and 1994 and stood on the podium in the world championships a further 26 times. He will be riding a Suzuki GSXR-1000.

Also appearing in the lap will be fellow American Randy Mamola on the Ducati Panigali. Mamola is widely considered to be one of the most talented riders never to have won a world championship. In a thirteen-year career, the Californian won a total of thirteen Grand Prix Races, and recorded a further 44 podiums. He finished second in the World championship four times in 1980, 1981, 1984 and 1987.

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22 April 2012

Blake Young scored one of the more improbable and remarkable victories in AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike history on Saturday at Road Atlanta in the opening half of the Triumph Big Kahuna Atlanta presented by Dunlop Tire and LeoVince.

The opening 13 laps of the battle went exactly to script; title rivals Josh Hayes on the Monster Energy Graves Yamaha YZF-R1 and Young aboard the Yoshimura Racing Suzuki GSX-R1000 made a rapid escape from the field and once again settled in for what seemed likely to be a race-long showdown to the checkered flag.

Young sat in Hayes' tow for much of the race's first half before making his move on lap 10 of 20. The two then engaged in repeated duels entering Turn 10a and heading down the hill to Turn 12 with the lap leader point still up for grabs.

Young was able to enter 10a on either the inside or outside with success, but Hayes proved capable of countering by swinging back under to out-accelerate Young heading down the hill in order to reclaim the advantage.

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