MotoGP » Schwantz 'sets the record straight' on COTA claim


"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" - Kevin Schwantz.

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Wacko - Unregistered

March 27, 2013 7:51 PM

A) Why no comment from Tavo Helmund on this unless there is a gag order? May have answered my own question there as Schwantz states "Unlike others who have had disputes with CotA, I am free to speak my mind."

B) Why nothing from Carmelo? Same as Helmund?

A B

March 27, 2013 8:43 PM

Schwantz is a legend, no question about that. However for him to claim that he is solely responsible for bringing the MotoGP to Austin overlooks all those people who invested in it financially (risking losing all their money, putting their money where their mouth is, etc.). If you ignore or insult these people they could be less likely to invest, or even worse, they could drop out altogether because some of them might have invested as a way to increase their visibility to the public. Also lot of people invest because they believe in a cause, not just to make money. And also a lot of people other than Schwantz must have worked very hard to bring MotoGP to Austin. Schwantz is a fantastic ambassador for the sport and no doubt successfully played a very important and probably critical part, but he couldn't have done it all alone and he really shouldn't have claimed that he did.
But, having said all that, even though he might have made an exaggerated claim that response from COTA is WAY bey

schwants who ? - Unregistered

March 27, 2013 8:53 PM

CRT you must be american my friend where the bulk of riders get around on hogs or suchlike .but here in europe the vast majority ride sports orientated bikes and that vast majority know very well who kevin schwants is and what a legend kevin will allways be.. but schwants aside any promoter who would deny a disabled fan a one day pass because that person cant get the help they need to attend the full 3 days and as a result loses admission money but more importantly genuine customer base..doesnt deserve your custom..

Realist

March 27, 2013 9:29 PM

I'm curious. What makes someone a "legend"? I mean, if all it takes to achieve "legend" status is to win one WC, wouldn't that make Nicky Hayden a legend as well?!! Does Schwantz receive the title because he was severely injured/crippled because of the sport? This is a serious question on behalf of a long-time motorsports/MotoGP fan. A world champion he is, but a "legend"?! Somebody share their perspective.

Dario - Unregistered

March 27, 2013 10:40 PM

@Realist, we don't need to have either side's facts. The only fact here is that Schwantz was invited by teams and other people to be at the track, and COTA kicked him out as if he were stealing from the concession stand.

Regardless of their business dispute, they can allow him to be an invited guest. What they did shows a base level of immaturity and insecurity. What they did was simply stupid in the stupid sense of the word. There's no point to what they did, aside from grandstanding, like little children.

Realist

March 27, 2013 10:47 PM

@ Dario

He was invited by other teams/guests who don't have any control over the facility or the entity responsible for GP. It's like you going to somebody's house and inviting your cousin, but the owner of the house declines to allow your cousin entrance. It is entirely the owner's decision! If he's in a legal dispute with the people who run the facility or the entity responsible for GP, they have every right to do what they did. Again, I don't know what's going on, but neither does anybody on this site. It's better to err on the side of objectivity and not make bold and assumptive statements.

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