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Interview with Kevin Schwantz - Part 2

"Sometimes a mad Casey is even quicker than a plain-old-ordinary fast Casey!" - Kevin Schwantz.
In part two of's exclusive interview with 1993 500cc world champion Kevin Schwantz, the '34' casts his eye over the first two races of the 2011 MotoGP season - a night race in Qatar and wet race at Jerez...
What are your thoughts on the first two races of this season? What stood out for you?

Kevin Schwantz:
The first one in Qatar I thought was kind of as we expected. There were a few passes at the front but not a whole lot happening. Not a real thriller, by any stretch by an imagination.

Jerez was absolutely the opposite. The rain opened it up for a lot of different people to be at the front - Simoncelli, Lorenzo, Stoner, Pedrosa. And Rossi was on a charge through until he made a little mistake. It was great to see him get back up and score some points but unfortunate for Casey.

You know Bernie [Ecclestone] made some noise about 'we need to wet the track [in F1]. We need to open this up and make it a better opportunity for everyone to win'. That wet race in Jerez showed that a little moisture on the track sure makes a big difference.

A little tweak on the set-up and someone who really wants to push the envelope can actually find his way to the front, where maybe in dry conditions that opportunity wouldn't be there.

Both rounds of Moto2 have been okay, but not great. Not that huge field at the front, a little bit of a breakaway. But that's to be expected after a year of racing. There's going to be some teams that have sorted things out and some riders that are on top of their game at the start of the season.

I don't see it being that way all season long. I think everybody else will catch up, figure out what's going on and both Moto2 and 125 will still offer the great competitive racing that they've always been.

For me the Jerez 125cc race was a real treat, to see Danny Kent and Taylor Mackenzie finish fourth and fifth. A couple of young kids coming through, who got an opportunity on a wet track to really show what their riding ability is all about. And they made the most of it.

I'm looking for great things from the smaller class and trying to see who will be our next MotoGP stars. And both of those kids were Red Bull Rookies last year, when I was working with them.

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John Joss - Unregistered

April 21, 2011 3:17 PM

Excellent interview, full of information, and demonstrating once again that Schwantz is a charismatic and intelligent observer with his mind and heart in the right places. Two examples: his insistence that the track be the same both for F1 and MotoGP, and his concern for younger riders. In the former case, we will get direct comparisons between cars and bikes. In the latter, we see how his wisdom and teaching ability bring young riders forward, and that they respect him.

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