MotoGP » Kevin Schwantz 'told to leave' Austin MotoGP test

"CotA management requested I leave the track immediately... CotA's security force also accused me of criminal trespass and warned I would be arrested the next time I entered the track" - Kevin Schwantz.

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Jim Clausen

March 22, 2013 2:33 PM

It's not exactly positive PR to kick a former world champion off the premises of your racetrack. I am aware of the lawsuit, but CotA are a bit of an ass. Having dealt with one of their sales directors, I can definitely say they are arrogant beyond belief. I'll never cast a shadow upon CotA, the track.


March 22, 2013 3:33 PM

@CRT "So again, having your name mentioned in a press release has zero to do with a binding, working, legal contract. You do know what a contract is right? "

Are you sure you know what a contract is? You might find it isn't as straight forward as you think.

The truth is, we don't know what was in place between CotA and Schwantz. It has been reported that there wasn't a formal contract, but a court may well find that a contract existed, based on other evidence. In any event, Schwantz may have other forms of action to win damages.

However, per this story, he did have a pass authorising him to participate in the testing as a coach for a CRT rider. In this case, even if they retain a blanket discretionary right to eject any person they like from the premises, CotA management behaved like spoiled, sooky little children, and deserve our contempt.

CRT - Unregistered

March 22, 2013 4:23 PM


CRT... there was no contract at all with schwantz and cota , there was a contract with schwantz and dorna to hold a race at cota.

If it is that cut and dry, Mr. Schwantz had no authority to act as a representative of COTA.

CRT - Unregistered

March 22, 2013 4:34 PM


Are you sure you know what a contract is? You might find it isn't as straight forward as you think.

I deal with them every day, written and verbal, with and with out legal representation. The fact still stands that having your named mentioned in a press release does not solidify a contract. Ask "what's his face" in WSBK that was supposed to sign for Suzuki and went to Aprillia.

There may very well have been a verbal agreement between COTA and 3fourMPG, but if Mr. Schwantz is not smart enough to put it in writing, I would say he is learning his lesson the hard way and the legal battle headaches were rightfully earned.

Guntown - Unregistered

March 22, 2013 6:06 PM

I understand legal issues, etc. can get complicated but to see one of the 'legends' of GP advised to leave a facility where/when GP activity is being conducted is pretty sad. Next thing you know they'll have Stoner or some other rider handcuffed in the parking lot at some other track......

Its business people, not personal. Until something leads to a legal issue I think everybody should calm down a little.....

Bob McCarthy - Unregistered

March 22, 2013 8:39 PM

I am incensed with the management of COTA and Dorna. Play fair boys, we all know kevin was there in the beginning. I think everybody believes you're doing an end around to avoid compensating him for his efforts on behalf of the race.

Total BS, I have little respect for how you're treating him.

Fix it before the only winners are the lawyers.



March 23, 2013 12:12 AM

The best PR thing COTA could have done is made a public display of welcoming him to the track and given him a tour. Showing that they took the high ground. Now they gave KS the upper hand in the eyes of the public. What they did do is help bring the case to the limelight. This is definitely a PR boost for KS.
As for a legend, just his riding style made him just that. I used to watch him in Superbikes (750s) and if he didn't fall off, he smoked them. I was there at Sears Point when he won the race and waited at the start finish line to see where Rainey came in to see if who won the championship.

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