Kevin Schwantz, COTA make up

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

Kevin Schwantz and the Circuit of the Americas have finally resolved their differences.

Schwantz, a roadracing legend who’s still pretty fast, worked for years to bring MotoGP to Texas, but ended up with no seat at the table when it finally arrived. The ensuing debacle was specatcular; Schwantz said he was thrown out of the track last year, and he and the racetrack battled it out with press releases and threats of lawsuits.

But, that’s all in the past now, it seems, with a press release from the track saying everything is happy again.

“Circuit of The Americas and motorcycle racing legend Kevin Schwantz have amicably settled their legal differences and have reached a new agreement to collaboratively promote motorcycling racing at the Austin circuit and across the United States. Schwantz will serve as an official ambassador for COTA and work to promote the upcoming Red Bull Grand Prix of The Americas MotoGP™ event set for April 11-13, 2014.”

Circuit Chairman Bobby Epstein said. “Kevin and I have always shared the desire to see him be a part of COTA, and it’s awesome to finally see it become a reality. A great American track and a great American champion in the same city can’t be kept apart.”

Schwantz also seemed keen to leave the past behind, saying ““I look forward to being the ambassador for two-wheel racing for COTA, especially as the 2014 MotoGP season begins and returns to Texas … Grand prix motorcycle racing has been my life, and to help COTA market and promote that moving forward is exciting!”


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