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Schwantz Named 2014 “AIMExpo Champion”

World Champion Only Raced One Way – To Win



Road Racing Legend Kevin Schwantz Named
2014 “AIMExpo Champion”
World Champion Only Raced One Way – To Win


IRVINE, Calif. (July 24, 2014)– The American International Motorcycle Expo (AIMExpo) is delighted to announce that American road racing legend and former FIM 500cc World Grand Prix Champion Kevin Schwantz has been named “AIMExpo Champion” for the 2014 event. Kevin will serve as the show’s ambassador when the entire motorcycle industry comes together this fall to celebrate the latest and greatest from the powersports marketplace. Schwantz will also play an integral role in pre-event publicity and promotion, will be a focal point of several of AIMExpo’s festivities and perhaps most importantly, will share his stories and experience with everyone that attends the show.


Kevin Schwantz (center) with Suzuki 8 Hour teammates Nobuatsu Aoki (left) and Satoshi Tsujimoto (right)


“I feel truly honored to be selected as this year’s ‘AIMExpo Champion,’” said Schwantz. “This event has completely changed the landscape of the motorcycle industry and provided a much needed jolt of energy for the business in North America. I’m also excited about the opportunity to join such an impressive gathering of motorcycle enthusiasts.”

Schwantz‘s incredible natural talent and “win at all costs” mentality ushered in a new era of competition that remains today, pushing the limits of both man and machine that ultimately led to his winning the World Championship in 1993.

“Kevin is a racer’s racer much like our inaugural Champion, Kenny [Roberts], and carries a star power that very few racers have,” said Larry Little, Vice President and General Manager of AIMExpo. “He’s a proud Texan whose resume speaks for itself, and his talents both on a motorcycle, and off-track activities to give back to the sport, helped him become one of the most popular riders in MotoGP history. He remains a household name across the globe for any racing enthusiast.”


Kevin Schwantz aboard his Suzuka 8 Hour Suzuki

Be sure to stay tuned to the AIMExpoUSA.com website and keep up to date on the continued progress by visiting AIMExpo’s social media pages. “Like” the American International Motorcycle Expo on Facebook by visiting the AIMExpo page, and “Follow” on Twitter: @AIMExpo.


Throughout his illustrious career, Schwantz rode for Suzuki, helping the now iconic brand rise to the prominence it enjoys in racing. The longstanding relationship between Schwantz and Suzuki has become most notable in recent months following the official announcement that the Houston-born rider would continue his pursuit of the one crown jewel that has eluded him, a Suzuka 8 Hours win, at the age of 50. The race is Sunday, July 27th (although with the time difference, July 26th in North America).

“The fact that Kevin still has that desire to go out there and give it his all adds to his legacy,” added Little. “He’s genuinely a true racer at heart - he lives and breathes motorcycling. It makes him a perfect fit for ‘AIMExpo Champion’.” Follow Kevin’s Suzuka exploits by Liking his Facebook Page Kevin-Schwantz-Official, on Twitter @KevinSchwantz and Instagram @kschwantz34.

With over 400 exhibitors already enlisted for 2014 and more being added daily, exhibit space allocation is ongoing as AIMExpo continues to cement its place within the powersports marketplace. Exhibitor numbers and interest continues to grow each day and companies looking to take advantage of the AIMExpo platform should contact an AIMExpo Account Manager toll free at 855-MCShows (855-627-4697).

About American International Motorcycle Expo
The American International Motorcycle Expo’s (www.aimexpousa.com) purpose is to serve as the catalyst to bring together industry, press, dealers and consumers in a single arena that creates a grand stage for motorcycling and powersports in the U.S. and North America, and delivers an efficient and energetic market-timed expo platform for B2B and B2C in the motorcycle industry. AIMExpo is the single most important event of its type in the North American market and will have international impact within the motorcycling and greater powersports community. AIMExpo is produced by Marketplace Events Motorcycle Group, a division of Marketplace Events. (www.marketplaceevents.com)

AIMExpo Blog

Last Updated (Friday, 25 July 2014 07:45)

 

Goodwood Revival 2014

KEVIN SCHWANTZ TO MAKE GOODWOOD REVIVAL DEBUT ON NORTON ‘FEATHERBED’

Grand Prix motorcycle racing legend Kevin Schwantz will make his Goodwood Revival debut during the September 12-14 event on an iconic Manx Norton ‘Featherbed’.

Schwantz, the 1993 500cc World Champion, last raced on UK soil during the 1994 British 500cc Grand Prix at Donington Park, but will tackle the daunting Goodwood Motor Circuit this year in the Barry Sheene Memorial Trophy, which will be run for bikes of 1951-54 period.

The 50-year-old American will race the only remaining example of the 1950 Norton Works 500 ‘Featherbed’, a bike on which Geoff Duke dominated the Isle of Man TT during that season, and which has not been seen in public for 64 years. The ‘Featherbed’ is owned by Peter Bloore and is being prepared by Ken McIntosh.
While Schwantz has never contested the Revival before, he has been a visitor to Goodwood previously and wowed crowds at the 2013 Festival of Speed after taking to the fabled 1.16-mile Hillclimb on his title-winning Suzuki RGV500.

Schwantz was elevated to grand prix racing in late 1986 and spent eight full years at the highest level. During a 103-race career he won 25 grands prix, finished on the podium 51 times, started from pole position on 29 occasions and set 26 fastest laps

Kevin Schwantz said: “I’m excited to be taking part in the Goodwood Revival and riding not only one of the most famous racing motorcycles ever made, but also a machine whose design changed motorcycle racing forever. I’ve never raced at the Revival, but have been to the Festival of Speed and was blown away by what an incredible event it is. The machines, not to mention the legends of motorsports in attendance, and the sheer number of spectators was just amazing. The Goodwood Motor Circuit looks really quick and I am looking forward to racing the Norton 500 "Featherbed" out on the track.”

 

Last Updated (Wednesday, 23 July 2014 13:51)

 

Kevin Schwantz Visits Suzuki HQ

Former 500cc World Champion Kevin Schwantz recently visited Japan to take part in the official test for the 2014 Coca-Cola Zero Suzuka 8-Hours. Schwantz, who last year finished third at Suzuka riding for Team Kagayama, is part of the Yoshimura Suzuki Shell Advance Legend Racing Team and will ride alongside his 1986 Suzuka 8-Hour partner Satoshi Tsujimoto and Suzuki Moto GP test rider Nobuatsu Aoki.

The Texan also visited Suzuki headquarters in Hamamatsu prior to the test and was met by Representative Director and Executive Vice President, Mr. Yasuhito Harayama and Suzuki MotoGP R&D staff at Suzuki Plaza adjoining the main office, where Schwantz talked about his enthusiasm for the upcoming Suzuka 8-Hour event at the end of this month.

Said Schwantz: “In the Suzuka 8-Hour race in 1986, I finished third with Tsujimoto. I remember that he and I managed fairly similar lap-times, and as we were both fast, we were good enough to win. But so many things happen in a long race like Suzuka and it didn’t quite happen. Now it is good to be back together again after 28 years.

“I always think, whenever I race, my aim is to win. After practice and testing I’ll have a better idea about the race. You always know there will be changing conditions during the race, which is why we will be keeping an open-mind. But we are still hoping for the best and aiming for the win.

“The preparations that I’ve made for this race are the same as last year; motocross and mountain bike riding. Last year I did three or four 600 races in Texas, but for this year I did an AMA Superbike test in Austin.

“Fitness is the most important thing to maintain a good pace in a long race. You need to ride more consistently from start to finish and maintain optimum strength and stamina. Although diet is important, I do now tend to eat what I want to, when I want to.

“At present I don’t have any strategy for the race. First I have to develop a plan for my 24 to 25 laps. The team strategy will be sorted after testing, when we have more information about the machine, such as fuel consumption and tyre wear.

“The key points for success at Suzuka are to be fast, consistent and to make no mistakes, and myself, Nobu and Satoshi will aim to do those things.

“As a team, the pit stops are the easiest places to lose time and I know that Team Kagayama is superior in its pit stop strategy and performance.

“I expect a good test on the track next week and of course the objective of any race is to win!,” he added prior to the Suzuka test.

Last Updated (Tuesday, 08 July 2014 09:10)

 

2014 Suzuki MotoGP Austin Test Report Video

The Suzuki MotoGP Test Team continued development of its 2015 MotoGP machine at the Circuit Of The Americas in Texas, USA mid-April with test riders Randy De Puniet and Nobuatsu Aoki making further steps forward in readiness for Suzuki's return to the MotoGP world stage in 2015.   

 

 

Both riders were joined for the test by Suzuki's 1993 World 500cc Grand Prix Champion Kevin Schwantz and includes interviews with all, along with on-track action.

 

To watch the video: CLICK HERE

 

AOKI JOINS YOSHIMURA SUZUKI ‘LEGEND’ FOR SUZUKA

Suzuki MotoGP test rider Nobuatsu Aoki will join 1993 World 500cc Champion Kevin Schwantz and former All Japan Superbike Champion Satoshi Tsujimoto in the Yoshimura Suzuki Legend Team at the Suzuka 8-Hour World Endurance Championship second round in July.   

In celebration of the company’s 60th Anniversary, Yoshimura will also run a second team managed by Yohei Kato - Yoshimura Suzuki Shell ADVANCE - comprising Japan’s Takuya Tsuda and Australian Josh Waters.

Said Yoshimura President and Legend Team Manager Fujio Yoshimura: “I've had many concerns about making the best choice to appoint a third rider for the #12 Legend of Yoshimura Suzuki Shell ADVANCE team for the Suzuka 8-Hour Race. The main concern was the physical condition of both Schwantz and Tsujimoto in the gruelling heat during the race. They are still fit and motivated, but completing eight hours is really tough. Also, even though they have brilliant racing histories and experience, it is not so easy to advance to the Top-10 Trial, so my choice was to pick Nobuatsu Aoki as the third rider.

“He has been racing with Team Yoshimura at the Suzuka 8-Hour for the last six years and there has been nothing to complain about with his performance or reliability in the team. He knows our GSX-R, Bridgestone tyres and the Suzuka Circuit very well, and both Schwantz and Tsujimoto have great respect for him because of his capability and also in helping develop a winning machine!

“It is a great honour to have riders like Schwantz, Tsujimoto and Aoki for Yoshimura's 60th Anniversary race, and it is going to be one of the most memorable events for us.”

Aoki said: “Both Kevin Schwantz and Satoshi Tsujimoto have been my heroes since I was a teenager, and the Team Manager Fujio Yoshimura has been a big name in racing. I am proud to be one of the riders in the Legend Team to celebrate the 60th Anniversary of the Yoshimura company.

“My duty is leading the team to the victory with my experience, and I will do my best. It will be the seventh time that I have raced the Suzuka 8-Hour in the Yoshimura team and I am honoured that I am also the rider with largest number of Yoshimura appearances in its history.”

Schwantz said: “It is great to have Nobu on the team and I look forward to riding with him. I had to ride against him last year; and now we get to ride with him this year!”

Tsujimoto added: “I am relieved to hear Nobu will be our team mate. Since the Legend team was made, I have been thinking he would be the best rider to race with. He is a reliable rider and I have seen him on the Suzuka 8-Hour podium four times for the Yoshimura team, so he is a suitable rider. I am sure Fujio will be leading us in the best way and Kevin, Nobu and I will show the best performance.”

The Suzuka 8-Hour race takes place at Suzuka Circuit in Japan on July 27th.

 

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