Schwantz, whose parents owned a motorcycle shop, learned to ride at the age of four. He began his competitive career as a trials rider, following his father in that sport. From trials, he progressed to motocross in his teens, becoming a top regional MX racer. After a serious crash in qualifying for the Houston Supercross in 1983, he decided to quit motocross.
At the end of the 1984 season, he was offered a test ride with the YoshimuraSuzukiSuperbike team, who promptly signed the Texan to a contract. In his first race for Yoshimura, he won both legs of the 1985 Willow Springs AMASuperbike National.<ref name="Kevin Schwantz at the Motorcycle Hall of... Read More