AUSTIN, Texas — One of the most notable names in motorcycle racing, 1993 world champion Kevin Schwantz, will once again be wearing RS Taichi leather suits and protective gear.
Schwantz wore RS Taichi gear during several of his memorable seasons in the 500cc class, including time spent in Pepsi and Lucky Strike livery. His partnership and success with Taichi apparel all started with his victory at the 1988 Daytona 200.
Schwantz took to the track in RS Taichi leathers again for the first time on Monday at the Circuit of The Americas media day.
It has been announced that later this year, Schwantz will pair with his original 1986 Suzuka 8 Hours teammate, Satoshi Tsujimoto, to contest the prestigious race on a special Yoshimura Suzuki Legends Team. The Texan has also been known to pop up at the occasional club race, and instructs at his Schwantz School. So even at age 50, Schwantz genuinely puts his protective gear through its paces.
“I am really excited to be riding the Suzuka 8Hour again in 2014 with my 1986 teammate Satoshi Tsujimoto on a Yoshimura prepared Suzuki,” Schwantz said. “To wear RS Taichi leathers, whose leathers I wore from 1988-1992, for the 8Hour race this year will be great as their hands-on attention, service and support, in Japan is what you have to have for an event like the 8-Hour race.”