Saturday, April 26, 2008

Kevin Schwantz: Back in MotoGP in 2009?

One of the most talented racers in the 500cc two-stroke era, Kevin Schwantz could be back in MotoGP next year, running a satellite team for Suzuki
The last time a Suzuki rider won a MotoGP world championship was in the 500cc two-stroke era, when Kenny Roberts Jr took the title in the year 2000. Since then, Honda, Yamaha and Ducati have been taking the world championships, while Suzuki have been relegated to also-ran status.

Now, the man who was perhaps Suzuki’s brightest star ever – 1993 500cc world champ, Kevin Schwantz – may be returning to MotoGP, to see if he can help Suzuki’s MotoGP effort in some way. In 2009, the Revvin’ Kevin may be back with Suzuki, heading their MotoGP effort as a team manager. This might either be with the factory Suzuki team or with a satellite team.

Schwantz wants American rider Ben Spies to come to MotoGP, and wants Suzuki to give Spies a MotoGP ride next year. Suzuki riders Loris Capirossi and Chris Vermeulen have been doing reasonably all right this year, but it doesn’t look like either rider will be able to win the MotoGP world championship in the foreseeable future. Schwantz hopes to change that in 2009, with Spies, who’s currently a star rider in the AMA Superbike series.

Says Schwantz, ‘My heart is in MotoGP. That’s where I spent most of my career, and that’s where I have most of my fans. I would be delighted to be back with Suzuki as a team manager.’

We are big fans of no.34 here at Faster and Faster, and we hope Kevin does assume an active role with the Suzuki MotoGP effort next year. It'll be good to have him back...

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