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COTA issues statement regarding Schwantz lawsuit

"We were informed by Dorna that Mr. Schwantz has no contract to promote a MotoGP race in Texas" - Julie Loignon, COTA spokesperson.
The Circuit of The Americas (COTA) has issued the following statement in response to the lawsuit filed by Kevin Schwantz, related to promotional rights Schwantz claims to possess for a MotoGP race in Texas.

“It makes no sense for Mr. Schwantz to pursue legal action in this matter. We were informed by Dorna, the organisation that holds the rights for the MotoGP racing series, that Mr. Schwantz has no contract to promote a MotoGP race in Texas,” Circuit spokesperson Julie Loignon said.

“To be clear, Mr. Schwantz never had an agreement to conduct a MotoGP race at Circuit of The Americas, and to our knowledge, he has no agreement to conduct an event at any Texas racetrack.

“Perhaps, that is why he is reacting this way, out of embarrassment, and is making false claims to the court and media.

“We know race fans would love to see a MotoGP event at the Circuit, and it is good to know that the door is open to make that happen at our new world-class venue in Austin.”

A ten-year MotoGP deal with COTA (starting in 2013) was announced in April last year, but needs renegotiating following the departure of original promoter Tavo Hellmund.

Those negotiations are said to be underway, albeit without Schwantz.

A provisional version of the 2013 MotoGP calendar, which could include a race at COTA, is expected to be released next weekend at Misano.

F1 has already concluded a new contract with the circuit and will hold its first grand prix this November.



Tagged as: Texas , Kevin Schwantz , COTA

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Armando Sarmiento - Unregistered

September 09, 2012 3:20 PM

It's a yet another example of corporate greed and corruption that, like cancer, has been growing and spreading throughout MotoGP .. The old fashioned handshake and the honoring of an agreement has degenerated to the point where it means less than the paper it's written on.. The bottomfeeding lowlifes that are the core of this debacle should be ashamed of themselves.. But sadly I'm sure they're not. All they care about is the almighty $... And the sport I've loved and followed for most of my life is becoming more and more a pale shadow of its once glorious self.. To have the audacity to drag the illustrious name and impeccable reputation of one of the GREATEST GrandPrix racers who EVER LIVED Through the vile and despicable mire they obviously thrive in is beyond reprehensible ... How utterly disgusting..I hope Kevin KICKS THEIR SORRY ASSES IN COURT.. Like the old sayin goes: DONT MESS WITH TEXAS.

Dean Dean

September 09, 2012 5:01 PM

Anyone who's ever had the good fortune to spend time with Kevin will know full well that he does indeed live for a) Suzuki and b) motogp ..or is it the other way around lol..a genuine guy, 'someone' has taken advantage of his good name...enough said !



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