Kevin Schwantz' Thoughts on Indianapolis Race

The former 500cc class world champion shared in an interview for MotoGP's official website his impressions of the Indianapolis race track and its importance for the world motorcycle championship.

Schwantz will race his Suzuki 500cc World title-winning bike on demonstration laps of the Indianapolis circuit on Sunday, ahead of the race.

"I think last year we didn’t get to see the full effect of what Indianapolis being on the calendar meant for MotoGP, because the hurricane came through. I think this year we’ll be able to get a far truer impression of what it means. Having Indianapolis on the schedule, being here at Indianapolis Motor Speedway is a huge draw, a huge attraction," said Schwantz about the American venue.

He believes Nicky Hayden and Colin Edwards could prove strong here because they know the track, but he doesn't leave Rossi out of the equation.

"I’m sure Nicky Hayden and Colin Edwards are both going to be really strong. But I still think championship-wise the number 46 (Valentino Rossi) seems to have the measure of everybody," added the American.

"I don’t know if it’s just a mental edge that the guy has, because I really felt like in watching practice both at Donington and in Brno, that Jorge Lorenzo was smooth, and he was consistently fast. But Rossi has a way of just upping his game a little bit on Sunday afternoon, and it’s been devastating to Lorenzo on both those weekends," continued the former world motorcycle champion about Rossi.
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