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The Schwantz School on Hiatus for 2014 While Kevin Races

Team Kagayama Suzuki from the 2013 Suzuki 8 Hours, which Kevin Schwantz helped pilot to third
Team Kagayama Suzuki from the 2013 Suzuki 8 Hours, which Kevin Schwantz helped pilot to third

Schwantz Motorcycle Racing School

Last year, 1993 MotoGP Champion Kevin Schwantz made his international motorcycle-racing return at the Suzuka 8 Hours, a round in the Endurance World Championship.

The 49-year-old Texan, along with teammates Yukio Kagayama and Noriyuki Haga, piloted the Team Kagayama Suzuki GSX-R 1000 to the final podium finish.

This says much for Schwantz, considering The Suzuka Circuit has much significance. Schwantz took his first win at the Japanese track, but it was also where a serious crash occurred in April of 1995 that ultimately forced Schwantz to take his 18-year break from racing.

But last season’s race got Schwantz’s energy flowing once again for racing, and he has confirmed that he will compete at this year’s Suzuka 8 Hours with the same team.

Due to this, and other planned races, The Schwantz School – one of the world’s premier motorcycle-racing schools – will take a hiatus in 2014, though it will likely return in 2015.

Besides racing at the Suzuka 8 Hours July 24-27, Schwantz¬† has also been announced as the “Guest of Honor” at the Classic Motorcycle Festival at Donington Park in England on August 8-10. There are also discussions of Schwantz racing in other races in England.

“In addition to the special motorcycling events I will be attending this year, I am really looking forward to moving into my new house and settling in there,” says Schwantz. “Over the years, due to racing, my travel commitments and the school, I have not spent all that much time sleeping in my own bed at home, and I’d like to give that a try for a while.”

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