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GP Week : Issue 68
GPWEEK OPINION >> But with the two sides so entrenched in their disdain for each other, achieving such a feat may prove far more difficult than they have led themselves to believe. Reporting this election campaign has been difficult. Even as Batchelor of Political Science, its complexities have at times rattled even my own cage. For the fans of this sport, I can only imagine the damage that you will perceive to have been done to the very foundations of its governance. But there has also been a fear, rarely discussed and rarely told, that for any of us to have expressed an outright opinion over either candidate might have come back to haunt us should their rival win the election. We are, after all, sports writers and not political journalists. I, along with many of my colleagues, have tried to bring you an impartial view of the process and of both candidates. The games played by both have not made this an easy task. For many of us it has taken us out of our comfort zone, away from sport and into politics. My hope, along I am sure with my colleagues in this sport and with all of you, is that whatever the outcome of the election and whoever it is that is chosen to preside over the FIA will lead the worlds of mobility and motorsport to a new era of prosperity, unity and enlightenment. May the best man win. It's impossible not to admire Simoncelli, with his swashbuckling style and larger-than-life personality. There's something of Schwantz about his gangling style, and something also of Rossi -- most especially in the way he clearly enjoys racing so much, even when he doesn't win. But Aoyama is also an attractive character. Quiet, thoughtful and articulate, he has a thoroughness to his race-craft and an exactness about his riding style that marries perfectly to the mature and elegant last-of-its-line Honda. What about the machines? Simoncelli's Gilera is nothing but an Aprilia in a different suit. It is also the last in line to a proud tradition of continual development. But Aprilia are seen as one of the villains: the high price charged for factory- level (i.e. championship-level) lease machines was the major cause of killing the class. Or so say the assassins of Dorna and IRTA. Aoyama's Honda (he only has one bike, by the way) is -- well, it's a Honda. Made, like all that company's two-strokes increasingly reluctantly. If Aprilia's pricing was the nuts- and-bolts cause of the class being cancelled, the spirit of the switch to four-strokes has over many decades been driven by Honda. What a sweet irony, then, if the last two-stroke title in a class that has been in existence since long before the World Championship began in 1949, was to fall to the company that caused its death. Especially since Honda's beloved four-strokes haven't won a title since 2006. For this reason alone, I'll be rooting for Aoyama. f success dirt in politics Shuhei Aoyama 21