MotoGP: Schwantz asked to “leave the track” at COTA Austin test.

Former 500cc World Champion Kevin Schwantz has issued a statement via Facebook regarding his attendance at the last MotoGP test at the Circuit of the Americas (COTA) in his hometown of Texas.

Schwantz Suzuki Attack LCR Austin

Kevin Schwantz – apparently not welcome at COTA
Image: Cedric Janodet via Flickr used under creative commons license

Schwantz was initially involved in the tracks build and bringing MotoGP racing to the Austin site, but the relationship between his company 3four Texas GP, the track owners and Dorna turned sour when,  according to the 1993 champ, he was seemingly cut out of the promotional deal which was initially negotiated and to last for ten years, resulting in ongoing legal wranglings.

Here’s the Schwantz statement in full where he discusses how despite being a guest of LCR and employed by Attack Performance to coach their rider he was asked to leave COTA and not return:

Statement by Kevin Schwantz

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.

While there, CotA security informed me that CotA management requested I leave the track immediately and was not welcomed at the circuit. CotA’s security force also accused me of criminal trespass and warned I would be arrested the next time I entered the track.

This comes as a tremendous disappointment to Honda, Blake Young, and myself. Especially because I am single-handedly responsible for bringing MotoGP to Texas and for the initial design of the facility to accommodate MotoGP racing.”

Here’s a link to the facebook original page too: https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=10151418731912961&id=61715682960

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