...if I was Dorna, I'd have told COTA, "Hey, we want Kevin to be involved, not an adversary." He's a charismatic guy, well known to local Austin media and beloved by specialist motorcycle media all over the world. Why on earth would you want him as an enemy? It would have been cheaper and strategically wiser to cut him a minority stake in the event.
Unless you just emerged from a coma, you already know about the latest round of tit-for-tat press releases, sparked by COTA's threatening, bullying behavior -- Kevin showed up at a recent test as an invited guest of a participating team and was told that he was trespassing and that if he ever came back he'd be horsewhipped, tarred, and feathered.
I still say it would be smarter to have found a way to make America's most popular GP racer a part of the event. But it seems that they'll host a MotoGP round in Texas next month, and the single person you'd most expect and want to find at the event will be locked out of it.
|Texans know bullshit.|
No matter what the deal was, it's now obvious that COTA will put on Austin's MotoGP race sans Schwantz. When it's over, they'll pat themselves on the back, and tell themselves they don't need no stinkin' #34. They'll have attracted all the riders, they'll generate global press, and motorcyclists will be impressed by the facility.
The question isn't, How much will the absence of Schwantz have hurt them, the question is, How much would the presence of Schwantz have helped them? Dorna: Only ONE number has ever been retired in the premier class, and it's 34. He's got fans all over the world, and remains one of the sport's most popular ambassadors. You couldn't manage to broker a peace treaty?!?
If the organizers won't call for justice, or even common decency, I say it is up to the teams. I say it's up to MotoGP, Moto2, and Moto3 teams to ask, "Where's Kevin?" by creating stickers with this logo, and affixing them to their bikes, leathers, helmets, etc.
#Where'sKevin? tweet wagon. And so should lots and lots of fans.
Who else, on the grid, will have the balls to ask, "Where's Kevin?"