He said, they said: Battle over Austin GP continues

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Now, Kevin Schwantz says he was escorted off COTA property, and told not to come back, under threat of arrest. Photo; Wikipedia
The war of words between Schwantz and COTA continues. Photo; Wikipedia

As we told you last week, Kevin Schwantz is suing the Circuit of the Americas racetrack over next year’s MotoGP race in Austin, saying track management screwed him over.

Dorna, the Spanish company that organizes MotoGP, replied in a statement, saying they had a deal with Schwantz, but that he didn’t have confirmation of a deal with COTA by the June deadline, so they instead dealt directly with the track themselves.

Schwantz says that’s all COTA’s fault, though; he’s saying there was a deal, but COTA cut him out. Here’s what he had to say about it last week.

“In response to the legal action I filed last week, Circuit of the Americas (COTA) has issued a statement claiming I never had an agreement to conduct a MotoGP race at its facility.

“COTA’s claim is false. In April 2011, COTA issued a press release with the headline “Texas Lands MotoGP for 2013; 10-year Deal Signed for Austin’s Circuit of the Americas.” This press release names my company, 3fourTexasMGP, as a party to the MotoGP agreement. It also claims COTA’s track “is the U.S. home to both the Formula 1 and MotoGP Grand Prix World Championships.

“COTA presumably used this agreement with me to entice ticket sales and to persuade elected officials to commit $250 million from the State of Texas’s Major Events Trust Fund. Once it had gotten all the mileage it could out of the agreement, as alleged in my lawsuit, COTA cut me out of the deal and attempted to get a cheaper contract with Dorna.

“Following COTA’s lead, Dorna has now publicly claimed that it has terminated my MotoGP contract. I’m not surprised that Dorna is now acting as a mouthpiece for COTA. As stated in my lawsuit, COTA has misled Dorna and encouraged it to terminate my contract. This unlawful conduct resulted in an announcement in June that they were finalizing details on the Texas race.

“I am tremendously disappointed in my friends at Dorna, who appear to be forced into their current position by COTA. Hopefully, COTA won’t do to them what it did to me.

“To cut through all the spin, here is what has happened. I had an agreement to conduct MotoGP races at COTA. COTA used the agreement to sell tickets and raise money. When the time came for COTA to honor its end of the bargain, it refused. COTA thought it could get a better deal by going around me and directly to Dorna. And that is exactly what it did.”

 

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