Kevin Schwantz is racing in the upcoming Suzuka 8-Hrs Endurance Race.
Schwantz has been in the news plenty lately; he was banned from the Circuit of the Americas over his feud with track management. Then, he made some remarks in the press that implied he wasn’t impressed with Dani Pedrosa for not winning a MotoGP championship.
Well, after those remarks about Pedrosa, people started sniping back at Schwantz, and now he’s out to prove them wrong; he hasn’t raced in 18 years, but he’s returning to the Suzuka 8-Hrs Endurance Race – the site of his last pro race in 1995. Between 1988 and 1995, he finished on the podium seven times at Suzuka.
He’ll be racing with Team Kagayama, with teammate Noriyuki Haga and team owner Yukio Kagayama, who have both won the Suzuka. If you can read Japanese, you can find out all about it here.
I believe Schwantz subbed for one of his tutored racers in an AMA 600 race a few years ago. He didn’t really make a dent in the results. Definitely wasn’t 18 years ago.