Amidst all of the uncertainty with the future of Aprilia’s racing plans, Roberto Colaninno, chairman of the Piaggio Group, which owns Aprilia, confirmed Tuesday at EICMA that the brand was in fact making a full-fledged return to MotoGP in 2016 as a factory team. Colaninno was quoted as saying, “In 2016 Aprilia will return to MotoGP […]
Schwantz & COTA Make Amends
According to a press release from Circuits of The Americas (a release that did not include the terms of the legal settlement between COTA and Kevin Schwantz) the racing facility and MotoGP Hall of Famer, Kevin Schwantz, have amicably reconciled their differences. In fact, Schwantz is now serving as the Grand Marshal for the MotoGP race on Sunday, April 13, and as an official ambassador for COTA.”I look forward to being the ambassador for two-wheel racing for COTA, especially as the 2014 MotoGP season begins and returns to Texas,” says Schwantz. “Grand prix motorcycle racing has been my life, and to help COTA market and promote that moving forward is exciting!”
As an official ambassador for COTA, Schwantz will work to promote the upcoming Red Bull Grand Prix at the circuit as well as promote motorcycle racing across the US. As Grand Marshal, Schwantz will lead the parade laps scheduled for COTA’s personal seat license holders on Friday, April 11, between grand prix practice sessions.
“Kevin is a great champion and partnering with him gives us an opportunity to learn from his deep knowledge, as well as continue to celebrate his accomplishments,” Circuit Chairman Bobby Epstein said. “Kevin and I have always shared the desire to see him be a part of COTA, and it’s awesome to finally see it become a reality. A great American track and a great American champion in the same city can’t be kept apart. As a result, casual riders, current racers, future stars and the fans all win.”
Additionally, COTA will work with Schwantz to raise money for an important charity he supports, the Simoncelli Foundation, which was established in memory of Schwantz’s good friend, Marco Simoncelli, a MotoGP competitor from Italy who will be inducted into the MotoGP Hall of Fame as a MotoGP Legend this May. Simoncelli died after an accident during the 2011 Malaysian Grand Prix. Today through Friday, April 4, COTA will donate $1 for every ticket purchased for the Red Bull Grand Prix of The Americas to the Simoncelli Foundation, a nonprofit organization supporting humanitarian projects that benefit the disadvantaged.
“I am thankful for COTA’s support of the Simoncelli Foundation, a charity that’s important to all of us who knew Marco personally and fans that followed his career,” Schwantz added. “Marco was a great competitor and a very special friend. Now racing fans everywhere can honor his memory and help a cause important to Marco by purchasing a ticket to Austin’s MotoGP race.”
Tickets for the Red Bull Grand Prix of The Americas start at $39 and are available for purchase at www.circuitoftheamericas.com. Children ages 12 and under receive free general admission with a ticketed adult.