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Mar 20, 2013

Former 500cc GP World Champion Kevin Schwantz Issues Statement About Being Locked Out Of Circuit Of The Americas

LCR Honda MotoGP rider Stefan Bradl (6) in action at Circuit of The Americas. Former 500cc GP World Champion Kevin Schwantz says he was barred from entering Circuit of The America during the recent Honda-organized MotoGP test at the track in spite of helping design the facility and being an invited guest of LCR Honda.
Statement by Kevin Schwantz:

I have read several reports regarding my attendance at the MotoGP test last week in Austin. I would like to make this statement:

"I had been in Switzerland over the weekend where I was the guest speaker at the St. Gallen University. I returned to Texas on Tuesday evening and on Thursday I was at CotA for the MotoGP test, with a proper credential supplied by the Attack team, to coach Blake Young. Additionally I was an invited guest of the LCR Honda team.

While there, CotA security informed me that CotA management requested I leave the track immediately and was not welcomed at the circuit. CotA's security force also accused me of criminal trespass and warned I would be arrested the next time I entered the track.

This comes as a tremendous disappointment to Honda, Blake Young, and myself. Especially because I am single-handedly responsible for bringing MotoGP to Texas and for the initial design of the facility to accommodate MotoGP racing."