CoTA’s apparent decision to bar Schwantz from the track and, it also appears, the MotoGP race beginning later this week, was anything but a show of respect. It was a stupid move on any number of levels, but most assuredly from a public relations standpoint. Yes, there are the legal issues between Schwantz and the track, but smart management would have kept them under wraps. Someone internally should have said, “Hey look, we’ve got a problem with this guy, but if we bar him from the track, we’re gonna end up with egg all over our face. Let’s smile-up and let the courts navigate the legal swamp.” Instead, they let their lawyers and their egos make a bad decision. I wish no ill will toward CoTA, but this level of arrogance should not go unnoticed or unpunished.