COTA, New Press Releases
COTA officials claim thei have the right to decide whether to admit certain persons on the premises of the race track, and say that they were right to escort Schwantz out, since he had no valid credentials from the complex management:
“It is well known that Kevin Schwantz filed suit against Circuit of The Americas last year, and that case is working its way through the legal system. The MotoGP test that was hosted by the Circuit last week was a private event, and open only to participating teams and invited media.
Mr. Schwantz was not invited to attend the session by Circuit of The Americas, and as a private property owner, the Circuit determines who has access to its facility.
Mr. Schwantz does not have any relationship with Circuit of The Americas. He is not one of the investors who spent $400 million to design and build the facility.
Finally, Circuit of The Americas is the organization responsible for bringing MotoGP to Texas through its promotional agreement with the commercial rights holder Dorna.”
On the other hand, Kevin Schwantz adds that his presenbce at the COTA was based on an official invitation from Attack Racing CRT for coaching their rider Blake Young. Even more, LCR Honda had also invited him, Schwantz declares:
“I had been in Switzerland over the weekend where I was the guest speaker at the St. Gallen University. Ireturned 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.”
Somehow, it matters rather little who will win this: it's the first-ever MotoGP race at the COTA who gets all the dirt... and that's sad.