06:00 Tuesday 04 February 2014

Legend Kevin Schwantz visits Donington Park classic event

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No.34 Kevin SchwantzLucky Strike Suzuki RGV500British Grand Prix 500Donington Park1994 No.34 Kevin SchwantzLucky Strike Suzuki RGV500British Grand Prix 500Donington Park1994

MOTORCYCLE racing legend Kevin Schwantz is coming to Donington Park for the track’s Classic Motorcycle Festival in August.

The 49-year-old Texan won the 1993 500cc world title and was an immensely popular rider in his Grand Prix career.

Schwantz, a long-time Suzuki legend, won four Grands Prix on Donington Park’s world-famous track, and he is especially looking forward to returning to ride at the scene of so many great victories.

He said: “I’m really looking forward to going to ride at the 2014 Classic Motorcycle Festival at Donington Park.

“Donington is a place where I’ve won so many Grands Prix and Transatlantic Match races, and I have great memories of racing there.

“It goes without saying that it holds a very special place in my heart, as do all the English fans.”

Bob Adams, circuit manager at Donington Park, said “This is a great coup for Donington and we can’t wait to welcome Kevin to the Classic Motorcycle Festival.

“It’s 20 years since his last win here, and with the help of Team Classic Suzuki owner Steve Wheatman, we’re even going to reunite Kevin with his favoured 1994 XR84 Lucky Strike Suzuki – No 1 plate.

“Seeing Kevin take to the famous curves of Donington Park once more is an absolute must for any motorcycling fan.

“He’s a hero to so many and die hard enthusiasts will be pleased to know that he’ll be demoing a range of fantastic bikes over the course of the Classic Motorcycle Festival weekend.”

Schwantz was a leading light in the golden era of 500cc GP racing, battling not just arch rival Wayne Rainey, but also the likes of Mick Doohan and Eddie Lawson on his way to 25 500cc victories.

That is more wins than four-times world champions Geoff Duke and John Surtees and triple world champions Rainey and Kenny Roberts.

As part of his visit to Donington Park Schwantz will also hold autograph sessions and ‘An Evening with Kevin Schwantz’ is also due to take place.

Further details are set to be released in the near future. The Classic Motorcycle Festival takes place on August 8-10, with a variety of other classic motorsport on offer.

Further information about Donington Park’s calendar, ticket prices and event schedule is available at www.donington-park.co.uk.

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