It’s official – Kevin Schwantz will return to his early years of wearing RS Taichi. While Schwantz wore RS Taichi gear during several of his memorable seasons in the 500cc class, his partnership and success with Taichi apparel all started with his victory at the 1988 Daytona 200. And now that Schwantz and the Circuit of the Americas have settled their differences, the 1993 world champ took to the track in RS Taichi leathers again for the first time recently at the Circuit of The Americas media day, as newly appointed motorcycle ambassador for the circuit.
It has been announced that later this year, the 50 year-old Schwantz will pair with his original 1986 Suzuka 8 Hours teammate, Satoshi Tsujimoto, to contest the prestigious race once again. This time on a special Yoshimura Suzuki “Legends Team.” The Texan has also been known to pop up at the occasional club race, and instructs at his Schwantz School. So this partnership will see Kevin put the RS Taichi gear to good use.
While many people may not know the RS Taichi brand in the U.S., the Japanese marque is known throughout the world for its quality apparel and protective gear. For the 2014 season, they are the racing leathers provider of choice for such notable American racers as three time AMA Superbike Champion Josh Hayes, Dane Westby, Chris Ulrich, Jake Holden, Michael Barnes, and many others in the world and national championship ranks.