MotoGP » Kevin Schwantz, COTA reach settlement

1993 500cc world champion Kevin Schwantz and the Circuit of the Americas settle legal differences - Schwantz to promote the upcoming MotoGP event.

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March 28, 2014 7:45 AM

This would have been really messy had it gone further. And no way would any MotoGP fans want to see Kevin coming out of this badly. It would not have sat very well at all and the circuit wouldn't look good either. Now everyone's happy and more importantly we get to see Kevin more often.


March 28, 2014 10:19 AM

This isn't rocket science people. Take a few big egos, add emotion, and the certainty on both sides that "we're in the right". Eventually. someone does the arithmetic and realises that winner is: the lawyers! Then it's "maybe we were a bit silly when we..."

The lesson for Kevin...if you're going to do this again, get their commitment in writing. Verbal commitment is about as solid as Dorna's racing rules.

But it's nice that they've kissed and made up... and Kevin's allowed back into the track he helped design.


March 28, 2014 11:50 AM

Whatever the backdoor deal was...I'm glad its over and resolved amicably...or at least as it appears. COTA and MotoGP are better for it and personally, I believed Schwantz was cut out of the deal...whether by naivity thinking a word or handshake was enough!!

Lesson learnt and I tuly believe it was business not personal as COTA was also trying to maximize their stake in the business of MotoGP. There may have been some unethical issues there but certainly not illegal as there was never a written contract with the new owners/management group of the circuit...regardless of how much effort Schwantz had put in!!

In any regard, I believe the right thing was done...agreed on... and it will be a win win for all....


March 28, 2014 3:05 PM

If Kevin had won in court, he would have been a bit richer but he would still have lost. Because ultimately, what he wants is to be involved with COTA and promote motorcycle racing in Texas and the USA.

If COTA had won in court, they could have said we told you so, but they would still have lost due to all the negative publicity.

So, it appears that in the end common sense prevailed and they realized that ultimately they both want the same thing. Probably helped by some money exchanging hands.

This is ultimately a win-win, whereas any other solution would have been a lose-lose.

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