kevin schwantz

1993 500cc champion Kevin Schwantz shared his take on Maverick Vinales possible switch to Aprilia for the 2022 season after the rider decided to part ways with Yamaha at the end of this season.

According to the 57-years old American, while Aprilia seems to be the only viable option for Vinales, it is not the best spot for the Spanish rider.

“I have no idea why Maverick would take the risk and accept such a thing. He must have been very unhappy at Yamaha.

“Aleix Espargaro always claims that Aprilia is close to the top, but then he finishes eight, so he’s not that close,” said Schwantz.

Besides the poor form this season, Vinales is also lacking behind his teammate, Fabio Quartararo, who is currently leading the championship with 156 points.

However, Schwantz believed that as a MotoGP rider, it is essential to have a strong mind.

“If the rider next to you is winning all the time and leading the world championship, you can easily become sad.

“But you have to stay focused on your work, do the best you can and deliver the best possible performance until the end of the year,” he added.

Nonetheless, Vinales is adamant about finishing the second half of the season with a strong result before leaving the Japanese marquee.

While Aprilia is seen as the most logical option, the Spaniard is yet to make any official announcement regarding his career next season.

The 2021 MotoGP season will return at the Red Bull Ring in August.

Kevin Schwantz pada tahun 1993
  • Ramai penggemar GP motosikal sudah pasti masih ingat dengan Kevin Schwantz.
  • Penunggang bernombor 34 dari Texas itu menjadi penunggang kegemaran ramai dengan sifat tidak pernah mengalahnya itu.
  • Schwantz telah pun berada dalam AMA Hall of Fame dan akan dimasukkan ke dalam Motorsports Hall of Fame of America yang didiami oleh pelumba hebat dari pelbagai disiplin yang berbeza pada tahun 2019.


  • Many motorcycle GP fans no doubt remembers Kevin Schwantz.

  • The #34 from Texas was always the favourite rider for his do-or-die attitude.

  • Schwantz is already in the AMA Hall of Fame and will be inducted into the multi-discipline Motorsports Hall of Fame of America in 2019.

Many long-time fans of the 500cc Grand Prix World Championship will tell you that the golden age of GP racing was in the late-80s and early-90s, due in part to the on-track exploits of rider #34, Kevin Schwantz. As such, it’s only fitting that the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America has announced that they will induct the lanky Texan next year.

Schwantz has already been inducted into the AMA’s (American Motorcyclist Association) Hall of Fame in 1999 and the Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM) has since retired his #34 race number in honour of his contributions to the sport besides naming him as a “Legend” in 2000.

Schwantz was born in Houston, Texas to parents who owned a motorcycle shop. He started riding when he was just 3 years old, before competing as a trials rider in the footsteps of his uncle Darryl Hurst whose racing number was 34. He progressed from trials to motocross in his teens and became the regional champion. However, a bad crash in the 1983 Houston Supercross saw him quitting the sport.

During the next year, the Yoshimura Suzuki Superbike team held an audition for riders. Among those who decided to try out was Kevin Schwantz, and the rest was history.

He soon moved up to the World 500cc GP class, where his fiercest AMA Superbike rival, Wayne Rainey had moved to as well. The pair would battle incessantly between themselves and other great riders such as Mick Doohan, Wayne Gardner, John Kocinski, Eddie Lawson, Randy Mamola, et al.

While Schwantz’s smoking rear tyre powerslides won him many admirers, it was his do-or-die attitude that won him endless veneration until this day. In fact, a young Valentino Rossi was also a great fan of #34.

Rainey (#1) and Schwantz (#34)
  • Cristiano Ronaldo just completed a big money move to Italian giants Juventus from Real Madrid.
  • The demand for Juventus apparel will soon spike as soon as Ronaldo’s new jersey hits the shops.
  • Valentino Rossi’s popular merchandising company, the VR46 Racing Apparel company, is the official supplier of all Juventus related merchandise, and other big name racers and companies. 

It seems odd that Valentino Rossi will stand to profit from Cristiano Ronaldo’s recent move to Italian football club, Juventus. But that is exactly what is set to happen.

According to reports, the VR46 Racing Apparel company which belongs to Rossi, and one that specializes in the production of merchandise for popular athletes and companies, is in fact producing all merchandise for Juventus as well.

The VR46 Racing Apparel company produces all merchandise for some top MotoGP riders including Marc Marquez, but that ended in 2016. The company still produces merchandise for Daniel Pedrosa, Cal Crutchlow, Kevin Schwantz and others.

As for companies, the company produces merchandise for the Juventus football club, Yamaha, Monster Energy, KTM, Dainese, AGV, Oakley, GoPro and even Lamborghini.

Cristiano Ronaldo’s 100 million Euro transfer to Juventus is expected to lead to a spike in demand for Juventus apparel, which would inadvertently result in more business for the VR46 Racing Apparel company.

The VR46 Racing Apparel is rumored to have closed the 2017 fiscal year with a profit of 30 million Euros.

And that is how Valentino Rossi will make money from Ronaldo’s transfer.


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