VIDEO: Kevin Schwantz Talks COTA

The 1993 World Champion rides (and discusses) the 3.4-mile Circuit of The Americas MotoGP track in Austin, Texas.

If this doesn’t whet your whistle for the upcoming MotoGP Red Bull Grand Prix of The Americas, scheduled for April 10-12, nothing will.

In this video, produced by the Bonnier Motorcycle Group, Kevin Schwantz, the 1993 World Champion—a man who has won 25 grands prix—offers his thoughts on the fabulous 3.4-mile Circuit of The Americas road course, which he calls “one of the most physical tracks to race at anywhere in the world.”

Schwantz, Grand Marshal for the MotoGP race and also COTA’s two-wheel ambassador, knows what he’s talking about because he played a role in the course’s design: “It encompasses everything that’s a challenge in racing,” says Schwantz. “From the huge elevation gain in Turn 1 to the top speed of well over 210 mph on the back straightaway, Circuit of The Americas has it all.”

Circuit Founder and Chairman Bobby Epstein says:  “Kevin is a true champion and an enduring fan favorite. We are grateful for the opportunity to learn from him and be inspired by his incredible passion for racing. This partnership renews the relationship between a great American track and a great American champion.  We are proud to have Kevin serve as our motorcycle racing ambassador and friend."

Tickets remain available for the MotoGP Red Bull Grand Prix. Three-day general admission passes start at $89; reserved grandstand seats start at $59. And get this: Children 15 and under will receive a free general admission pass with a ticketed adult. For tickets, visit circuitoftheamericas.com or call (512) 655-6300. And let's not forget that the new MotoAmerica roadracing series kicks off its inaugural season that same weekend in Austin, so there's guaranteed to be lots of on-track action.

In essence, Austin will be a three-day festival, and off-track activities will include BMX and aerobatic stunt shows, plus the world's largest collection of Evel Knievel memorabilia and a post-race concert Sunday by Cheap Trick.