Kevin Schwantz Issues Further Statement On COTA Lawsuit

Kevin Schwantz has issued another statement in response to the press releases put out by both the Circuit of the Americas and Dorna, concerning his legal proceedings over the case. In the press release, Schwantz lays the blame for the situation at the feet of the Circuit of the Americas, and claims they attempted to obtain the contract to organize the MotoGP race in Texas by forcing him out of the deal with Dorna.

Below is the full statement issued by Kevin Schwantz:

Further Statement from Kevin Schwantz

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2012 Misano Moto2 FP1 Result: Zarco Beats Rea In Tricky Conditions

With light rain falling on and off throughout the morning, conditions at Misano are difficult, so difficult in fact that Marc Marquez, sitting on a comfortable lead in the championship, decided to sit the session out rather than risk injury in a fairly meaningless Moto2 practice session. At the end of FP1 it was Johann Zarco who came out on top of the session, taking top spot right at the end, and deposing Gino Rea at the end. The British rider had led the session for the last ten minutes or so, before losing out in the final seconds.

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2012 Misano MotoGP FP1 Result: Petrucci Tops Difficult Damp Session

Danilo Petrucci topped a treacherous first session of practice for the MotoGP class, though conditions were such that more than half the grid stayed in their garages, deciding that venturing out would be unproductive. The riders who did risk going out were mostly those needing the experience: Petrucci had his first chance to get used to the Suter BMW the team are now running, having dropped their homebrew steel trellis frame with an Aprilia engine.

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2012 Misano Moto3 FP1 Result: Khairuddin Fastest In Tricky Conditions

AirAsia's Zulfahmi Khairuddin topped the first session of free practice for the Moto3 class at Misano, getting the best out of the damp and windy condiitions at the track. Khairuddin stayed just ahead of Miguel Oliveira, while Luis Salom was a  quarter of a second off the Malaysian rider's pace. A brace of Germans followed, championship leader Sandro Cortese ending ahead of recent Aspar signing Jonas Folger, while Maverick Vinales took 6th.


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2012 Misano Thursday Round Up: Of Fallen Riders, Ducati's Junior Team, And The ECU Face Off

The return to Misano was always going to be an emotional affair, the first time MotoGP has returned to Marco Simoncelli's home circuit - now renamed in his honor - since the Italian fan favorite was killed in a tragic accident at Sepang last October. Though Simoncelli is being remembered in many different ways during the weekend - nearly all of the riders in all three classes joined for a lap of the track by bicycle this evening - the remembrance has been cheerful rather than mawkish, a celebration of his life rather than mourning at his death.

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2012 Misano MotoGP Preview Press Releases

Press release previews from the MotoGP teams ahead of this weekend's race at Misano:


The MotoGP paddock arrives to Italy, for the second “home round” of the Green Energy Team and Héctor Barberà returns aboard his white and green Ducati, after the his six-week absence.

Therefore the Gran Premio di San Marino e della Riviera Adriatica will welcome back Héctor, who is eager to return on the track and to start working again with the Pramac Racing Team.

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Is Spanish domination Good For Grand Prix racing?

Coming into the last lap of 2012 Czech Republic Grand Prix many fans fell back in love with MotoGP series. It does not happen very often, but victory at Brno was still to be decided with just a single lap to go. Spaniards Dani Pedrosa and Jorge Lorenzo were pushing each other using not just every MotoGP riding trick they had, but also everything they learnt since the pair were still young and wild 125 class riders.

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Ducati Confirms Ben Spies And Andrea Iannone In Ducati Junior Team

Ducati Corse today confirmed that for the 2013 MotoGP season, Ben Spies and Andrea Iannone will ride for the Ducati junior team to be run by Pramac. Both Spies and Iannone will have factory Desmosedicis at their disposal, and the team will be kept very close to the factory team. The Pramac structure will be put in place to run the team, being promoted from satellite team to a junior factory team, with ties much closer than in the current situation.

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Dorna Statement On CotA vs Schwantz: Austin MotoGP Contract Currently Held By The Circuit

After news emerged at the end of last week that Kevin Schwantz is suing the Circuit of the Americas (COTA), the track in Austin, Texas where the third US GP is to be held in 2013, attention turned to the details of just who held the contract to organize the event. In their lawsuit, Schwantz' company 3FourTexasMGP alleged that the COTA had attempted to defraud him out of the rights to organize the race, something which the circuit denied in a press statement, with COTA claiming that Schwantz had never held a contract to organize the event.

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Gino Borsoi On CRT Engines: "An Extra Engine Would Be Better"

With the engine allocation rules now in their third season, the factories have the system down to a tee. So much so that even though Jorge Lorenzo and Ben Spies have both lost an engine due to a blow up, both men should make it easily to the end of the season, needing only to shuffle their engines slightly more often than normal. The fact that Casey Stoner made it to the end of the 2011 season having used just 5 of the 6 engines allowed show just how well the current factories have the situation in hand.

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Guest Blog: Mat Oxley: Who’s it going to be: Jorge or Dani? is delighted to feature the work of iconic MotoGP writer Mat Oxley. Oxley is a former racer, TT winner and highly respected author of biographies of world champions Mick Doohan and Valentino Rossi, and currently writes for Motor Sport Magazine, where he is MotoGP correspondent. We will be featuring sections of Oxley's blogs, posted in full on the Motor Sport Magazine website, over the coming months.

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Ben Spies On Doping In Motorcycle Racing: "I Believe In Testing, But They're Going About It Wrong"

The use of performance-enhancing (or in the case of Anthony Gobert, performance-reducing) drugs in motorcycle racing is an interesting subject. There have been very few racers who have been caught for using doping of one kind of another - Noriyuki Haga being the most high-profile example, banned for the use of ephedrine - but the FIM continue to police the issue very strictly, even organizing a special educational briefing session for all of the riders in the MotoGP paddock in 2011.

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2012 Nurburgring World Superbike And World Supersport Sunday Post-Race Press Releases

Press releases from the WSBK and WSS teams, as well as the organizers, after the German round of WSBK at the Nurburgring:

Cluzel takes superb second in Germany

ON his first visit to the Nurburgring in Germany for the 11th round of the World Supersport Championship, PTR Honda's Jules Cluzel took a hard-fought second place after being in contention for the win from start to finish.

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