The latest exchange in the ongoing dispute between the Circuit of the Americas and Kevin Schwantz has seen the 1993 500cc world champion 'set the record straight' regarding who brought MotoGP to Texas.
Schwantz and COTA are embroiled in a legal dispute involving promotion rights for the MotoGP event, which will take place at the new Austin circuit next month.
At the end of a recent statement confirming that he was asked to leave the private MotoGP test at COTA
, Schwantz had said:
“This comes as a tremendous disappointment... Especially because I am single-handedly responsible for bringing MotoGP to Texas and for the initial design of the facility to accommodate MotoGP racing."
COTA issued a response, confirming the ongoing legal action and stating: "Mr. Schwantz was not invited to attend the [test] by Circuit of The Americas, and as a private property owner, the Circuit determines who has access to its facility.
"Mr. Schwantz does not have any relationship with Circuit of The Americas. He is not one of the investors who spent $400 million to design and build the facility.
"Finally, Circuit of The Americas is the organization responsible for bringing MotoGP to Texas through its promotional agreement with the commercial rights holder Dorna."
The closing paragraphs appear to have especially angered Schwantz, who feels COTA is attempting to 'downplay his involvement' and 'rewrite history'.
"Last week, Circuit of the Americas (COTA) issued a statement suggesting I had nothing to do with bringing MotoGP to Austin. Unlike others who have had disputes with COTA, I am free to speak my mind,” began the new Schwantz statement.