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Keeping Track podcast - Episode 36 - Kevin Schwantz

The latest ‘Keeping Track’ MotoGP podcast featuring interviews with Kevin Schwantz and Alex Briggs has been released:

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#AIMExpoLIVE Hangout with AIMExpo Champion Kevin Schwantz

Scheduled for Oct 2, 2014

Hosted by Greg White, AIMExpo's Voice of the Show, fans will be treated to a LIVE hangout with AIMExpo Champion Kevin Schwantz. Also joining the call will be notable members of the media, and we'll be taking additional questions from fans via Twitter using the hashtag #AIMExpoLIVE . As an extra bonus, we'll be giving away tickets to AIMExpo in Orlando and a VIP meet and greet with Kevin.

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Last Updated (Wednesday, 01 October 2014 09:15)

 

Schwantz Named 2014 “AIMExpo Champion”

World Champion Only Raced One Way – To Win



Road Racing Legend Kevin Schwantz Named
2014 “AIMExpo Champion”
World Champion Only Raced One Way – To Win


IRVINE, Calif. (July 24, 2014)– The American International Motorcycle Expo (AIMExpo) is delighted to announce that American road racing legend and former FIM 500cc World Grand Prix Champion Kevin Schwantz has been named “AIMExpo Champion” for the 2014 event. Kevin will serve as the show’s ambassador when the entire motorcycle industry comes together this fall to celebrate the latest and greatest from the powersports marketplace. Schwantz will also play an integral role in pre-event publicity and promotion, will be a focal point of several of AIMExpo’s festivities and perhaps most importantly, will share his stories and experience with everyone that attends the show.


Kevin Schwantz (center) with Suzuki 8 Hour teammates Nobuatsu Aoki (left) and Satoshi Tsujimoto (right)


“I feel truly honored to be selected as this year’s ‘AIMExpo Champion,’” said Schwantz. “This event has completely changed the landscape of the motorcycle industry and provided a much needed jolt of energy for the business in North America. I’m also excited about the opportunity to join such an impressive gathering of motorcycle enthusiasts.”

Schwantz‘s incredible natural talent and “win at all costs” mentality ushered in a new era of competition that remains today, pushing the limits of both man and machine that ultimately led to his winning the World Championship in 1993.

“Kevin is a racer’s racer much like our inaugural Champion, Kenny [Roberts], and carries a star power that very few racers have,” said Larry Little, Vice President and General Manager of AIMExpo. “He’s a proud Texan whose resume speaks for itself, and his talents both on a motorcycle, and off-track activities to give back to the sport, helped him become one of the most popular riders in MotoGP history. He remains a household name across the globe for any racing enthusiast.”


Kevin Schwantz aboard his Suzuka 8 Hour Suzuki

Be sure to stay tuned to the AIMExpoUSA.com website and keep up to date on the continued progress by visiting AIMExpo’s social media pages. “Like” the American International Motorcycle Expo on Facebook by visiting the AIMExpo page, and “Follow” on Twitter: @AIMExpo.


Throughout his illustrious career, Schwantz rode for Suzuki, helping the now iconic brand rise to the prominence it enjoys in racing. The longstanding relationship between Schwantz and Suzuki has become most notable in recent months following the official announcement that the Houston-born rider would continue his pursuit of the one crown jewel that has eluded him, a Suzuka 8 Hours win, at the age of 50. The race is Sunday, July 27th (although with the time difference, July 26th in North America).

“The fact that Kevin still has that desire to go out there and give it his all adds to his legacy,” added Little. “He’s genuinely a true racer at heart - he lives and breathes motorcycling. It makes him a perfect fit for ‘AIMExpo Champion’.” Follow Kevin’s Suzuka exploits by Liking his Facebook Page Kevin-Schwantz-Official, on Twitter @KevinSchwantz and Instagram @kschwantz34.

With over 400 exhibitors already enlisted for 2014 and more being added daily, exhibit space allocation is ongoing as AIMExpo continues to cement its place within the powersports marketplace. Exhibitor numbers and interest continues to grow each day and companies looking to take advantage of the AIMExpo platform should contact an AIMExpo Account Manager toll free at 855-MCShows (855-627-4697).

About American International Motorcycle Expo
The American International Motorcycle Expo’s (www.aimexpousa.com) purpose is to serve as the catalyst to bring together industry, press, dealers and consumers in a single arena that creates a grand stage for motorcycling and powersports in the U.S. and North America, and delivers an efficient and energetic market-timed expo platform for B2B and B2C in the motorcycle industry. AIMExpo is the single most important event of its type in the North American market and will have international impact within the motorcycling and greater powersports community. AIMExpo is produced by Marketplace Events Motorcycle Group, a division of Marketplace Events. (www.marketplaceevents.com)

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Last Updated (Friday, 25 July 2014 07:45)

 

Goodwood Revival 2014

KEVIN SCHWANTZ TO MAKE GOODWOOD REVIVAL DEBUT ON NORTON ‘FEATHERBED’

Grand Prix motorcycle racing legend Kevin Schwantz will make his Goodwood Revival debut during the September 12-14 event on an iconic Manx Norton ‘Featherbed’.

Schwantz, the 1993 500cc World Champion, last raced on UK soil during the 1994 British 500cc Grand Prix at Donington Park, but will tackle the daunting Goodwood Motor Circuit this year in the Barry Sheene Memorial Trophy, which will be run for bikes of 1951-54 period.

The 50-year-old American will race the only remaining example of the 1950 Norton Works 500 ‘Featherbed’, a bike on which Geoff Duke dominated the Isle of Man TT during that season, and which has not been seen in public for 64 years. The ‘Featherbed’ is owned by Peter Bloore and is being prepared by Ken McIntosh.
While Schwantz has never contested the Revival before, he has been a visitor to Goodwood previously and wowed crowds at the 2013 Festival of Speed after taking to the fabled 1.16-mile Hillclimb on his title-winning Suzuki RGV500.

Schwantz was elevated to grand prix racing in late 1986 and spent eight full years at the highest level. During a 103-race career he won 25 grands prix, finished on the podium 51 times, started from pole position on 29 occasions and set 26 fastest laps

Kevin Schwantz said: “I’m excited to be taking part in the Goodwood Revival and riding not only one of the most famous racing motorcycles ever made, but also a machine whose design changed motorcycle racing forever. I’ve never raced at the Revival, but have been to the Festival of Speed and was blown away by what an incredible event it is. The machines, not to mention the legends of motorsports in attendance, and the sheer number of spectators was just amazing. The Goodwood Motor Circuit looks really quick and I am looking forward to racing the Norton 500 "Featherbed" out on the track.”

 

Last Updated (Wednesday, 23 July 2014 13:51)

 

Kevin Schwantz Visits Suzuki HQ

Former 500cc World Champion Kevin Schwantz recently visited Japan to take part in the official test for the 2014 Coca-Cola Zero Suzuka 8-Hours. Schwantz, who last year finished third at Suzuka riding for Team Kagayama, is part of the Yoshimura Suzuki Shell Advance Legend Racing Team and will ride alongside his 1986 Suzuka 8-Hour partner Satoshi Tsujimoto and Suzuki Moto GP test rider Nobuatsu Aoki.

The Texan also visited Suzuki headquarters in Hamamatsu prior to the test and was met by Representative Director and Executive Vice President, Mr. Yasuhito Harayama and Suzuki MotoGP R&D staff at Suzuki Plaza adjoining the main office, where Schwantz talked about his enthusiasm for the upcoming Suzuka 8-Hour event at the end of this month.

Said Schwantz: “In the Suzuka 8-Hour race in 1986, I finished third with Tsujimoto. I remember that he and I managed fairly similar lap-times, and as we were both fast, we were good enough to win. But so many things happen in a long race like Suzuka and it didn’t quite happen. Now it is good to be back together again after 28 years.

“I always think, whenever I race, my aim is to win. After practice and testing I’ll have a better idea about the race. You always know there will be changing conditions during the race, which is why we will be keeping an open-mind. But we are still hoping for the best and aiming for the win.

“The preparations that I’ve made for this race are the same as last year; motocross and mountain bike riding. Last year I did three or four 600 races in Texas, but for this year I did an AMA Superbike test in Austin.

“Fitness is the most important thing to maintain a good pace in a long race. You need to ride more consistently from start to finish and maintain optimum strength and stamina. Although diet is important, I do now tend to eat what I want to, when I want to.

“At present I don’t have any strategy for the race. First I have to develop a plan for my 24 to 25 laps. The team strategy will be sorted after testing, when we have more information about the machine, such as fuel consumption and tyre wear.

“The key points for success at Suzuka are to be fast, consistent and to make no mistakes, and myself, Nobu and Satoshi will aim to do those things.

“As a team, the pit stops are the easiest places to lose time and I know that Team Kagayama is superior in its pit stop strategy and performance.

“I expect a good test on the track next week and of course the objective of any race is to win!,” he added prior to the Suzuka test.

Last Updated (Tuesday, 08 July 2014 09:10)

 

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