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GP Week : Issue 21
Letters email us at firstname.lastname@example.org It ‘aint over Shake 'em up ... I know that Will Buxton and Elliot Patching are both press, and their rides in the Honda Civic Type Rs were excellent PR for the company, but I love that the driver (Luca Filippi) suggested taking Will for a ride and then absolutely floored it for a lap of Hockenheim. You have to love a bit of spontaneity and fun in all of the serious business of top level motor-racing. Well done Luca and Mike, you even brought a grin to my face! Dan A'Vard, Doha (email supplied) Championship winner yes, champion not yet I'm a huge MotoGP fan and was, like many, glued to the screen during that absorbing battle between Casey Stoner and Valentino Rossi. That's the sort of race that makes MotoGP compulsive viewing – especially in comparison with some four-wheeled motorsports. But I have to say, the aftermath was the clearest indication that Valentino Rossi, while not wearing the current crown, is still the champion. He handled Stoner's criticism perfectly. Stoner, on the other hand, just sounded like a sore loser. It would have been so much better if he'd just shut up, shaken Rossi's hand and moved on. Psychologically, Rossi is back on top. I can't wait for the next installment. Thanks for a great publication. As a MotoGP fan, I love Michael Scott's insight. Emilio Tesoriero Brisbane, Australia Only in Britain? F1 boss Max Mosley seems to be missing the point. While he appears to have won his case against the UK newspaper (which may well have set him up), his revelation that he's been into all this kind of stuff, for 30 years, without his wife knowing, should surely preclude him from retaining his frontline role in motorsport. Yes, the paper may have over-stated the case by coming up with the Nazi dres-up , but can an international organisation really present itself with a man at the top who openly admits to all the rest? And yet, he looks to be staying on. In motorsport terms, he's won on a technicality. I know you Europeans are fond of the saying "Only in America", but in this case you've trumped us: Only in Britain! Roger T Kelinski New Jersey (NY) USA ED: Talking technicalities, it's strictly correct to refer to Mr M as the head of the FIA which, on top of representing motoring associations from around the world, governs F1 – although it sold off the commercial rights to Bernie Ecclestone, who probably best wears the 'F1 Boss' hat. 20 So the verdict is here in the Max Mosley ‘Spankgate’ case and we can all breathe a sigh of relief, for now we can get back to talking about racing rather than fetish orgies. Well, that was what we’d hoped. But alas, it seems that Maxwell just won’t be letting this one go. Having won the largest ever payout for a breach of privacy case in the UK (albeit what seems a rather paltry £60k plus expenses) Mosley is now suing the News of the World for libel, along with the Bild newspaper in Germany and, reportedly, a publication in France. And that’s beside the fact that the News of the World is likely to appeal the decision of the initial case. Which means this thing is going to drag, and drag, and drag. All of which, is not good for the sport. This week a BMW mechanic was electrocuted by a KERS unit. Last week Red Bull admitted it had called the fire service to deal with a faulty KERS unit. The Technical Working Group is due to meet to discuss the KERS question. At the same Big Brother on Wheels MichaeL The US GP provided something missing from MotoGP for some time. Call it the Big Brother element. It gave racing fans a direct view of a serious and public personality clash. Stoner versus Rossi: somehow the equation has so much more power than the (in retrospect) hand-baggy name- calling between Lorenzo and Pedrosa earlier this year. Sports, motorsports included, all have the same consequence: they show the contestants’ true colours. Once you take the athleticism, the fine judgement and the right machine combination for granted, the need to compete strips the rider bare. They are not like other men. Just how bare depends on his savvy and his defence mechanisms. Laguna provided a fantastic insight into these aspects of both riders. The catalyst was the way Rossi defeated a younger rival on a Scott MotoGP editor faster bike. Firstly, where Stoner had an advantage, Rossi made sure he would always end up off line or on the dirty party of the track. Then he rode like a demon to make sure the long way round was always the wrong way round. Secondly, he showed no fear. He was absolutely prepared to hang on to his inside corner line under every circumstance, and to seize it straight back if he ever lost it. Just never gave up. Stoner likewise showed no fear and no surrender. But he did show frustration, both in the race (his costly last-corner off ) and after it, at first refusing to shake Rossi’s hand, and telling all and sundry how he had “lost respect” opinion