The 1993 500cc World Champion, Kevin Schwantz, shows Moto GP fans what they can expect to see next month at the Circuit of The Americas (COTA) in an exciting new video.
The native Texan heads out onto the 3.4mile long circuit, which opened in 2012, and takes fans through the ins and outs of the track which he himself helped to design.
In the video Schwantz explains how COTA, despite being a modern track, still creates excitement.
He says: “It encompasses everything that’s a challenge in racing. It’s got a really fast sequence of corners and it’s got a tight section that you really have to be physical on that bike with.
“To have seen Moto GP show up here and watch Rossi, Lorenzo, Marquez and all those guys race around and listening to them talk about the track, it’s pretty special.”
The Moto GP paddock returns to Austin on April 10-12 for the second round of the 2015 championship.
Schwantz, who is also an ambassador for COTA, will play an important role in the promotional and media activities in the lead up to the race.
The motorcycle racing icon will also serve as the Grand Marshal for the Moto GP race, as well as leading the cycle corral parade laps on the Friday and Saturday evenings.
Circuit Founder and Chairman, Bobby Epstein added: “Kevin is a true champion and an enduring fan favourite. We are grateful for the opportunity to learn from him and be inspired by his incredible passion for racing. This partnership renews the relationship between a great American track and a great American champion. We are proud to have Kevin serve as our motorcycle racing ambassador and friend.”
Last year’s Moto GP race at COTA saw Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez dominate, winning the race by more than four seconds ahead of teammate, Dani Pedrosa.
At this year’s race meeting there will also be plenty of action away from the track, including BMX and motorcycle stunt shows and a music concert following the race.