Another Suzuki in the garage for Kevin Schwantz.
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SUZUKI PRESENTS KEVIN SCHWANTZ WITH ALL-NEW 2017 GSX-R1000 SERIAL NUMBER 34
Former Grand Prix Champion Gets the 34th 2017 GSX-R1000 to Roll Off the Production Lin
Brea, CA (April 28, 2017) – Suzuki Motor of America was proud to present 1993 500cc Grand Prix World Champion Kevin Schwantz with production model No. 34 of the all-new 2017 Suzuki GSX-R1000. The motorcycle was presented to Kevin at last weekend’s MotoGP Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas in Austin, TX. It was a brilliant debut for the new GSX-R as Team Yoshimura Suzuki took back-to-back wins in the Moto America Superbike doubleheader. The new bike also started from pole position in both races.
“It’s an honor to accept this Suzuki GSX-R1000 from Suzuki,” Schwantz said. “For them to give me VIN number 34 makes it even more special. I raced with Suzuki my entire career and it’s amazing to see how the GSX-R has evolved over the years into this year’s model, which is as close to a street-legal Grand Prix racing machine as you can get.”
Schwantz came out of Texas and quickly rocketed to prominence as one of America’s best road racers during the mid-1980s riding for Yoshimura Suzuki. By the late 1980s, Schwantz moved to international competition in the 500cc Grand Prix World Championships. He was a perennial top rider in that series and won the world championship in 1993. During his Grand Prix racing career, Schwantz racked up 25 500cc GP victories, all with Suzuki, putting him second all-time among American riders. Today Schwantz is a member of the Motorcycle Hall of Fame and MotoGP Legends.
The popular Texan was the first factory rider in America aboard the Yoshimura Suzuki GSX-R750, when the model was introduced in America in 1986. He won …read more