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Old 06-30-2008, 10:29 AM   #1
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MotoGP: Schwantz team is no go

KEVIN SCHWANTZ has ruled out a sensational switch from Suzuki to Honda or another marque, after his GP team management hopes have been continually thwarted.
Schwantz had been working to try and find a seat for double AMA Superbike champion Ben Spies, and a senior team role for himself, either with the factory team or an independent Suzuki with Jorge “Aspar” Martinez. The first option has so far been blocked from within the team, and the second has been definitely closed down, with Suzuki declining to make bikes available for even one extra rider.

Now rumours linked Schwantz with an approach to Honda to run a satellite team, but the 1993 500cc World Champion and career-long Suzuki rider ruled it out, when asked directly at Assen if he was looking for another machine.

“Not necessarily,” he replied. “My heart, soul, my career's been with Suzuki. I'd like to stay there.

“But if I've got people coming to me that say they want to be involved, in something that I'm involved in, it's hard for me to keep watching.

“It's just talk. I haven't got money in the bank. But it's hard to keep saying, maybe something's happening with the third bike. It's getting to the point where I'm kinda looking silly, because people are coming to me asking questions and I don't have any answers,” he continued.

“I understand why Suzuki's not going with the third bike, with the way the economy is.

“For Ben, I've told him that if there's not a third bike from Suzuki, the probability of me having something is pretty slim. I said: 'you need to look after you'.

“He has his own agent, and his own processes. He'd like to be here, with the factory Suzuki team, but it that's not possible he can look elsewhere. If I had someone that wanted to be affiliated with him, I might send them in that direction. But I don't think I'm going to jump ship and go there.

“I'd like to bring funding here (to Suzuki), bring some help here. That's my first desire,” he concluded.
shame IMO
I admire his loyalty to Suzuki though
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too bad for the both of them!
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