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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billace - Unregistered

March 28, 2013 2:19 PM

My guss is that it will all come down to legal standing. Kevin could be involved in the deal through Hellmund which could negate any claim against CoTA. I'm not sure about that given his "freedom to speak his mind while others can't"

Broker fees could be huge for a long term deal of this magnitude involving a few wealthy parties and government. If Kevin is entitled to payment it will be known soon enough, Texas moves faster than most states. Another thing about the Texas legal system is they will award treble damages if the bahavior of one party is egregious. That weighs on the cost/benefit analysis and sometimes triggers reasonable settlements.

alfie north - Unregistered

March 28, 2013 2:49 PM

The exchange of letters among DORNA, the Comptroller and Mr. Schwants is very straight. Then somehow things fell apart. I think DORNA is now obliged to make a statement as to why Mr. Schwantz was austed from the project.

fish fingers - Unregistered

March 28, 2013 5:10 PM

This is a case of him not doing due diligence and cota saw a way to cut him out. I had this with a fashion business many yrs ago. U need water tight contracts, as soon as they stop needing you they f you

Wacko - Unregistered

March 28, 2013 7:08 PM

Realist seems to be trying to incite some emotion around here. But his question about what makes Schwantz a legend has thus far gone more or less unanswered. You point out that he only won 1 Championship and in that you are correct. But his deeds prior to, and since that title have helped define the sport as it exists today. He won his very first race in Suzuka in his first full season in the series. He held the track record at Assen until they changed the circuit. A record that some believed would never be broken. He had a curve named after him at Donington park. And in Europe and everywhere but his own country he is to this day held in very high regard indeed. Were you to ask the man many consider to be the greatest (arguably) rider ever (Rossi) who his childhood idol was, he would tell you it was Kevin. His number has been retired (If I am not mistaken the only one to do so?) forever by the FIM. Add to this his efforts for rider safety, race promotion, rider mentoring, and running t

billie_morini - Unregistered

March 28, 2013 7:54 PM

...and Wacko failed to mention:
1. flamboyant riding style that thrilled fans and racers, alike
2. provided intense competition for Wayne Rainey for several years that races and fans benefited from
3. has run highly respected riding training classes for many years


March 28, 2013 7:59 PM
Last Edited 1133 days ago

@ Wacko, billie and the rest..

Thanks for those replies. They were much appreciated, and I'm glad that most of you (..the exception being one silly response) took my question fairly seriously as it was intended to be.

Little baby - Unregistered

March 28, 2013 10:10 PM

I wonder if Kevy is the getting around with a sour look on his face. Maybe he can understand why Stoner was often not too happy. When things are an up hill battle it tends to take the smile away.

Moderate Man - Unregistered

March 28, 2013 10:16 PM

So Schwantz and Hellmund scribble a "track design" on a napkin and somebody hires Tilke to actually design and engineer the 400 million dollar track...... and they are the reason MotoGP is coming to Texas. Something tells me the 400 million dollar investment has more to do with it than a napkin design and a few phone calls.

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