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Schwantz eyes 2009 Suzuki MotoGP role

Schwantz eyes 2009 Suzuki MotoGP role

Former World Champion Kevin Schwantz explained to his plans to be involved in Suzuki´s 2009 MotoGP projects.

Kevin Schwantz, the 1993 500cc title winner and MotoGP Legend, has told that he has ambitions to return to the World Championship paddock next season, either in a role with the Suzuki factory team or running a satellite outfit with his compatriot Ben Spies on the Japanese firm´s machinery.

Schwantz is currently enjoying his tutoring work with the Red Bull AMA U.S. Rookies Cup, but has admitted he would love to return to MotoGP in a management role with the manufacturer he spent his entire Grand Prix career riding for. The 43 year-old American also believes double AMA Superbike Champion Spies would be a useful addition to Suzuki´s MotoGP artillery.

`Everybody should know that my heart is in MotoGP,´ says Schwantz. `That is where I spent most of my career and that is where most of my fans are. I would love to be back in there helping Suzuki on the management side, whether it is running a team with a single bike and Ben Spies or whether it is running their factory team.´

Having previously worked for Suzuki in the World Champoinship in a consultancy role, Schwantz would bring with him a wealth of experience having spent seven full seasons riding the company´s machinery to 25 GP wins.

`Whatever the Japanese have in mind I am more than willing to work with them,´ he continued. `I wish I knew more as to exactly what is going to transpire. But as long as my affiliation with Suzuki has been around I kind of expect it to be a last minute thing, that comes about in October or so.´

On the qualities of 23 year-old American star Spies, who has already been touted for a 2009 MotoGP ride and is due to test the Suzuki GSV-R800 prototype at Indianapolis in July, Schwantz commented, `Ben has made noises about wanting to go racing in MotoGP next year.´

`He is going to test the bike at Indy, and he will race at Laguna Seca and race at Indy I think. Maybe he will do some racing above and beyond that when the season here in the US finishes. To me, Ben going Grand Prix racing and me being with Suzuki could be a really good thing.´

Schwantz is already helping to develop even younger North and South American talent at present and said of his Red Bull AMA U.S. Rookies Cup coaching work, `My experience with the Rookies so far has been outstanding, with the selection process, the tests we´ve done and at the first round at Barber Motorsports Park. They are really, really good kids. Some of them don´t have a great deal of road-racing experience, but all of them are listening and trying to learn as much as they can.´

`From a rider´s viewpoint I think that when I rode with them at Laguna there were probably six or eight riders who were faster than me. Now there are probably only six or eight guys that I can stay in front of. They are young kids, they are developing really quickly and I think we´ve got a really, really good group.´

MotoGP, 2008

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