According to the Austin Statesman
, a lawsuit by former MotoGP champion Kevin Schwantz
against the Circuit of the Americas is set to go before a jury in February.
As well as advising on the design of the circuit in his home state, 1993 world champion Schwantz is president of 3FourTexas MGP, part of the original ten-year COTA MotoGP deal alongside Dorna and Tavo Hellmund's Full Throttle Productions company.
Complications, including the departure of Hellmund, put the original F1 and MotoGP deals in jeopardy. New agreements were eventually reached, but with Schwantz no longer part of the MotoGP event.
In a September 2012 statement, MotoGP commercial rights holder Dorna Sports explained Schwantz's departure as follows:
"Dorna Sports S.L. entered into a Promoters Contract with 3four Texas MGP LLC in connection with the organisation of a FIM MotoGP Grand Prix at The Circuit of the Americas, Austin, Texas, on February 11th 2011 to be effective from the 2013 season. Dorna understood that 3four Texas MGP LLC had an agreement with COTA to run the event.
"On the first days of June 2012, Dorna required 3four Texas MGP LLC to provide satisfactory evidence before June 28th about the company having obtained all the necessary rights, licenses and permits related with the availability of the Circuit of the Americas. This is a standard procedure when the Promoter is not the owner of the Circuit.
"3four Texas MGP LLC was not able to provide such evidence to Dorna (apparently no agreement had ever been entered into between 3four Texas MGP LLC and COTA, the owner of the circuit) within the term granted for such purposes, and therefore Dorna had no other alternative than to terminate the February 11th 2011 Promoters Contract due to such Event of Default. The termination was effective from July 2nd 2012.
"As Dorna Sports S.L. and the FIM are interested in a FIM MotoGP Grand Prix in Texas, COTA was then offered the opportunity to become the Promoter of such an event through the signing of a Promoters Agreement. Conversations continue at this moment."
One month after that statement, the new COTA MotoGP deal was confirmed. The inaugural race was held on April 21 of this year and saw the first victory for rookie Marc Marquez. Schwantz was not present.
Next year's Austin MotoGP round is scheduled for April 11-13.