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Interview with Kevin Schwantz - Part 1

How do you see Austin fitting in with the two American tracks already hosting MotoGP? Do you think there is room for three US tracks on the calendar or do you think Austin will have to replace Indianapolis or Laguna Seca?

Kevin Schwantz:
That's a tough one to answer. Of course I feel like Indy and Laguna have been great venues for MotoGP. Whether America can handle three grands prix I think is a question.

If you look at the distance between us, we're over 1500 miles from California [Laguna] and we're 1000 miles from Indianapolis. If you go to Europe you have races much closer than that. You never know.

All we can concern ourselves with is our 2013 date and try to do the best we can for MotoGP.
Have you got your eye on being the first person to ride a motorbike around the track?

Kevin Schwantz:
When I was talking with the Tilke guys the other night they were saying 'you gotta be the first one to go around the track'. I said 'I don't know, I'll probably ride it on my bicycle'. They said 'no, you gotta do it on a motorcycle'. I said it sounded like a real good opportunity to have the first crash!

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superslide - Unregistered

April 21, 2011 11:33 AM

I think it looks good for a new track. Big elevation changes, fast maggots/becketts esses, long back staight for slipstreaming, 150mph long right, few hard braking places for overtaking. Reminds me a bit of Aragon and that ain't bad. It's just good to see a western country, other than spain/portugal, actually building a brand new state-of-the-art track from the ground up. Wouldn't happen here in the UK.

jimmy - Unregistered

April 21, 2011 6:44 PM

I have one problem with these modern tracks. A lack of atmosphere. It's like a stadium or a football field. Hills are a way to go but also trees. I like tracks in forests or some parks. Spa, Monza, Road America, just some interesting landscape around.

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