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Schwantz underlines importance of Indianapolis

Schwantz underlines importance of Indianapolis

MotoGP Legend Kevin Schwantz will be riding his 1993 World title winning 500cc machine at Indy on Sunday and he is no doubt as to the importance of this weekend’s event to MotoGP.

The excitement is building ahead of the second ever Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix and one of the biggest American stars in the history of the World Championship, Kevin Schwantz, is playing a key role in promoting the event.

Ahead of the twelfth round of the season in Indiana, which will see Schwantz ride his Suzuki 500cc World title-winning machine on demonstration laps of the famous U.S. circuit on Sunday, the MotoGP Legend stated, “I think last year we didn’t get to see the full effect of what Indianapolis being on the calendar meant for MotoGP, because the hurricane came through. I think this year we’ll be able to get a far truer impression of what it means.”

“Having Indianapolis on the schedule, being here at Indianapolis Motor Speedway is a huge draw, a huge attraction. People are genuinely excited about coming here. Let’s hope Mother Nature is a little friendlier with us this year and we actually get some decent weather for the weekend.”

Asked for some predictions on the racing itself, Schwantz commented, “I’m sure Nicky Hayden and Colin Edwards are both going to be really strong. But I still think championship-wise the number 46 (Valentino Rossi) seems to have the measure of everybody.”

He continued, “I don’t know if it’s just a mental edge that the guy has, because I really felt like in watching practice both at Donington and in Brno, that Jorge Lorenzo was smooth, and he was consistently fast. But Rossi has a way of just upping his game a little bit on Sunday afternoon, and it’s been devastating to Lorenzo on both those weekends.”

Paying further tribute to the current MotoGP World Champion, Schwantz added, “Rossi has been on the ground a couple of times the past two Grands Prix too, but he just hasn't done it during the crucial parts of the race, when it is going to cost him 25 points, or he has managed to get up in the race and still get some points out of it.”

Giving his opinion on the unfortunate absence of Casey Stoner from this weekend’s proceedings due to illness, Schwantz also said, “As a rider, my feeling is Casey needs to be out there competing. This championship, when he made a tyre choice at Donington that seemed to be a little bit off of the norm, had him right at the top of it. I mean, he didn’t need to be making a gamble on tyres like that when he was in a championship hunt.”

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MotoGP, 2009, RED BULL INDIANAPOLIS GRAND PRIX, Kevin Schwantz

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