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Q&A: Kevin Schwantz.

It's interesting to see the different ways the teams' work, the communication and stuff that goes on. I guess more than anything I try and stay involved with Suzuki and all aspects of road racing.

What about the level of racing at British Superbikes?

Kevin Schwantz:
I think the British Superbike Championship is one of the top Superbike series in the world right now. I think AMA Superbike, British Superbike and the World Superbikes are on the rebound right now, I think they are all three great championships. We have Neil Hodgson over in the United States and he seems to really be enjoying himself and liking the racing.

It sounds like the Hondas are working real well (in BSB) and the Suzukis are doing good in the US and World Superbikes. We gotta try and find out why we are getting beat at British level, but I understand there is a fair commitment from the factory itself for Honda.

What else have you been doing since leaving grand prix racing?

Kevin Schwantz:
Well I have a riding school, Kevin Schwantz Suzuki School at Atlanta Georgia, we also travel abroad and do some schools. Last year we did six schools across Europe, Germany and France. That is my biggest time consumer.

I work with Suzuki in their race team in the states, the AMA Superbike team, I'm also on the AMA Pro Racing Board which tries to help come up with rules, class changes and structure like that for the racing in the states.

I don't have a lot of free time, it keeps me pretty busy and I still love going to motorcycle races, so if I get the opportunity of a free weekend I'll travel to go see a Grand Prix or a World Superbike or a British Superbike.

Didn't you do some Supermoto racing as well?

Kevin Schwantz:
Yeah I played around and did some in the past two or three years. I hurt my knee two years ago in the final in Vegas and haven't really done much since then.

You know when it first got started in the States I could show up and ride one or two races a year and have fun and race near the front, now it seems everyone has gotten serious about it and they are testing all the time and tyre development.

My schedule is full enough - I don't need something else to take precedent in my life and rule my life like grand prix road racing did.

But do you still have the racing bug?

Kevin Schwantz:
Oh yeah, I did an AMA Formula Extreme race in Wisconsin in the middle of June. It was nice to go out and try and find the limits, pushing a motorcycle really hard again. I had fun. I still enjoy the thought of competition, and I enjoy going out and trying to push the limits all the time.

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Schwantz, Rossi, Melandri, British MotoGP, 2005
Suzuki hero Kevin Schwantz celebrates British GP victory in 1994.
500cc GP star Kevin Schwantz wheelies his Suzuki.
Kyle Smith, Aegerter, Hook on Suzuka podium (pic: TSR)
Smith at Suzuka 8 Hours (pic: Yamaha)
Espargaro at Suzuka 8 Hours (pic: Yamaha)
Smith, Espargaro, Nakasuga celebrate Suzuka win (pic: Yamaha)
Casey Stoner at Suzuka 8 Hours (pic:
Smith, Espargaro, Nakasuga win Suzuka (pic: Yamaha)
Casey Stoner at Suzuka (pic: Musashi)
Pol Espargaro at Suzuka 8 Hours (pic: Yamaha)
Bradley Smith tests for Suzuka (pic: Yamaha)
Pol Espargaro tests for Suzuka (pic: Yamaha)
Pol Espargaro tests for Suzuka (pic: Yamaha)
Smith, Espargaro, Nakasuga ready for Suzuka 8 Hours (pic: Yamaha)
Marc Marquez tests at Misano (pic: Honda)
Dani Pedrosa tests 2016 Honda (pic: Honda).
Bradley Ray (GBR), FTR Moto2, Moto2, [Credit: Bonnie Lane]

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