To the fans in attendance at The Goodwood Revival on 9-11 September,
My apologies for the last minute decision, but after much deliberation I have decided that I no longer wish to road race competitively at any level, and therefore will not be attending The Goodwood Revival as originally planned.
Thinking back to when I retired from Grand Prix competition in 1995, I waited until the last minute trying to convince myself that it was going to get better, and just before heading to the airport for the fourth race of the season I made the decision that I no longer wanted to put my butt on the line. I called the team and said I wasn’t coming and retired at that moment, with ironically and unbeknownst to me at the time, 34 points.
For me, it is not possible to just get on the bike and ride for fun, I will want to ride to the limit and try and win and that risk is not something I am interested in taking anymore.
My hope is that each of you respect my decision and despite my absence, have a stellar weekend as Lord March and his Goodwood staff always provide.
LAS VEGAS (OCT. 29, 2015) – SMI is proud to announce that one of motorcycling’s greatest legends, 1993 FIM 500cc Grand Prix (now MotoGP) World Champion Kevin Schwantz, will serve as Grand Marshal for the 2015 Superprestigio of the Americas at Orleans Arena in Las Vegas on Nov. 21.
Schwantz is slated to be on hand to meet with fans and sign autographs. Ever the racer, Schwantz is also scheduled to take a few hot laps of honor around the indoor short track at the Orleans Arena.
“We are greatly honored to have Kevin, one of the most iconic motorcycle racers in America, as part of the inaugural Superprestigio of the Americas,” said SMI President Steve McLaughlin. “We’re privileged to honor him as Grand Marshal and we think it will be a great opportunity for our fans to get an opportunity to interact with Kevin.”
Schwantz came out of Texas and quickly rocketed to prominence as one of America’s best road racers during the mid-1980s. By the late 1980s, Schwantz moved to international competition in the 500cc Grand Prix World Championships. He was a perennial top rider in that series and won the world championship in 1993. During his Grand Prix racing career, Schwantz racked up 25 career 500cc GP victories, putting him second all-time among American riders.
“I’m honored to be asked to be a part of the Superprestigio of the Americas,” Schwantz said. “I’ve always been a flat track fan and even had the opportunity to do a little flat track racing in my career. I can tell you these riders are some of the most talented motorcycle racers in the world and it’s great to bring together all these riders from different areas of motorcycling to compete together in this exciting and unique event.”
The Superprestigio of the Americas will bring together motorcycle racers from different disciplines to race on the same track that will host the 2015 AMA Pro Flat Track Final the night before in this exciting season-ending doubleheader. The Friday and Saturday night races will be the centerpiece of a full weekend of exiting activities in Las Vegas, including the 2015 AMA Pro Flat Track Awards Banquet scheduled for Sunday, Nov. 22 at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.
Spots are still open for additional AMA Pro Grand National riders to qualify and some of those won’t be decided until the night before SOTA’15 during the AMA Pro Flat Track final on Friday, Nov. 20, 2015, also at the Orleans Arena. The two riders who win the GNC1 and GNC2 class in the AMA Pro Flat Track final Friday night will also gain participation in the Superprestigio of the Americas. More details to come at www.superprestigio.com.
The Superprestigio of the Americas (SOTA’15) will bring together leading motorcycle racers from various motorcycle-racing disciplines from around the world to compete head to head with the stars of AMA Pro Flat Track on a specially-designed indoor short track at the Orleans Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas on Nov. 21, 2015. The special race is part of the big Las Vegas doubleheader weekend with the AMA Pro Flat Track finale taking place the night before (Nov. 20, 2015) on the same track. #VegasFT
For additional information go to www.superprestigio.com or call toll free 1-844-722-6453.
Austin, Texas (March 25, 2015) – In anticipation of the MotoGP Red Bull Grand Prix of The Americas, set for April 10-12 at Circuit of The Americas, motorcycle racing legend Kevin Schwantz takes you through the ins and outs of the 3.4-mile circuit in a thrilling new video produced by Bonnier Motorcycle Group.
Tickets are still available for the MotoGP event. Three-day general admission passes start at $89, and reserved grandstand single-day tickets start at $59. Children 15 and under will receive a free general admission pass with a ticketed adult. Visit circuitoftheamericas.com or call the circuit sales team at (512) 655-6300 for more information and to purchase tickets.
Schwantz, the 1993 500cc world champion and COTA’s two-wheel ambassador, will play a prominent role in promotional and media activities for COTA leading up to the race, and he will serve as Grand Marshal for the MotoGP race on Sunday, April 12. In addition, he will lead the cycle corral parade laps on Friday and Saturday evenings during the race weekend.
Kevin’s expert knowledge of what makes a great MotoGP track was a key part of the circuit’s design process. This video highlights various aspects of COTA that he believes make it “one of the most physical tracks to race at anywhere in the world.”
View the video on YouTube at http://youtu.be/8Pf-5TNXfhw.
“From the huge elevation gain in Turn 1 to the top speed of well over 210 mph on the back straight-away, Circuit of the Americas has it all,” Schwantz said. “To continue as the Two Wheel Ambassador of a venue that is one of the best in the world is a real honor and a title I am proud to wear!”
Circuit Founder and Chairman Bobby Epstein said: “Kevin is a true champion and an enduring fan favorite. We are grateful for the opportunity to learn from him and be inspired by his incredible passion for racing. This partnership renews the relationship between a great American track and a great American champion. We are proud to have Kevin serve as our motorcycle racing ambassador and friend."
To schedule an interview with Kevin please contact:
The Red Bull Grand Prix of The Americas
The Red Bull Grand Prix of The Americas will be the second race of the 2015 MotoGP season, and the first of the season in the United States. Held at Circuit of The Americas on April 10th through 12th, the weekend will feature multiple classes of racing and the world’s most talented and daring riders pushing themselves and their machines to the limit.
Tickets for the Red Bull Grand Prix of The Americas are on sale now. Fans 15 and younger receive free general admission with a ticketed adult, and discounts are available for military members. Parking is free for fans arriving by motorcycle. Dry camping, RV spaces and private hospitality options for groups of 30 or more are available for purchase. To explore ticket options, visit www.circuitoftheamericas.com, www.ticketmaster.com or call 512.301.6600 ext. 1.
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