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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Marc - Unregistered

March 21, 2013 1:52 PM

Kevin is a nice guy and he was the force that helped get the CotA off the ground and get Motogp involved to hold an event there. So to that end he shouldn't be treated that way but his promoter status was eliminated when Dorna had to rewrite the promotion agreement with the facility it appears he's SOL.

Mick pinissi - Unregistered

March 21, 2013 3:06 PM

@oz mick...hahaha. Stoner hater don't bring him to this topic. U still can't get over to stoner. Poor mick!

I think kevin did wrong to cota thats why he was not allowed to enter... Its much better to hear the side of other party before we judge them.... Oz mick .I.

Bliz - Unregistered

March 21, 2013 3:42 PM

Shwantz filed a lawsuit against the circuit owners. If one of our neighbors sued us and then tried to show up at our BBQ most of us here would ask them to leave based on principle alone. Nevertheless, this is a lot bigger than a local BBQ and CoTA should have considered the negative PR that would come from it. They made their choice and they're going to live with it. I think it will probably blow over but for now they look pretty bad.

jock - Unregistered

March 21, 2013 3:48 PM

Sadly, "Marc" and "Bliz" are right. It's horrible that this American motorcycle legend was treated like that - but that is the ethos that pervades the world of business and GP racing is ALL about business. There is no "sport" now,.. if there ever was.

slider - Unregistered

March 21, 2013 4:29 PM

I dont think the "if someone sued me and then turned up at my house Id tell them to leave" argument is quite right.
If you want to use that, it should be that it is a house that Schwantz helped to build and "lived in" before some of the present owners arrived.
Schwantz was basically cut out of the deal. Maybe it was legal but morally it was wrong, given everything he's done to help promote motogp in america.

Damien IE - Unregistered

March 21, 2013 4:47 PM

obviously dirty tactics here at play and i doubt anyone other than Schwantz was banging on the door to get MotoGP to the US and to Texas. As the statement says he was involved in designing the track for MotoGP use.
Farcical that he could end up watching it outside of the track

Damien IE - Unregistered

March 21, 2013 4:50 PM

DORNA, surely they could have come to an agreement with Schwantz rather than re writing the deal and excluding him.
Another reason why its head is bad for the sport and just another clanger to go with his long list of clangers that have harmed the spectacle over the past few years

Garry - Unregistered

March 21, 2013 5:07 PM

What an outrage! there seems to be none of the old John Wayne sense what is right and wrong left in Texan buisnessmen. If the sport can stand by and watch moneymen dump on an icon like Kevin it should be very ashamed.Seems that people have short memories and that there is little loyalty left in the sport. Our sporting gods and heros, and their heritage are less valued and respected than the tainted gods of profitability. A sad day for Texas and a great sport.Hopefully the paddock wil unit behind Kevin and make COTA at least show some respect.

CRT - Unregistered

March 21, 2013 5:16 PM

statement from COTA this morning:

It is well known that Kevin Schwantz filed suit against Circuit of The Americas last year, and that case is working its way through the legal system. The MotoGP test that was hosted by the Circuit last week was a private event, and open only to participating teams and invited media. Mr. Schwantz was not invited to attend the session by Circuit of The Americas, and as a private property owner, the Circuit determines who has access to its facility.

Mr. Schwantz does not have any relationship with Circuit of The Americas. He is not one of the investors who spent $400 million to design and build the facility.

Finally, Circuit of The Americas is the organization responsible for bringing MotoGP to Texas through its promotional agreement with the commercial rights holder Dorna.

GP - Unregistered

March 21, 2013 5:22 PM

I understand having someone with a lawsuit against the property being removed from the property. No qualms there but, I do not agree with the manner in which COTA treated Schwantz in the business deal. Therefor I hope everyone that supports Kevin will boycott the track and let them know exactly why. I did.

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