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GP Week : Issue 116
GPWEEK OPINION >> Sutilscandal:Isuppose I’m Witness X only then the Ducatis, with a Suzuki sandwiched in the middle. Perhaps it is not so strange. The oddest thing is how long it has taken ... this is the fifth year of the 800cc MotoGP formula, and for the first four years Hondas were certainly not at the top of the game. Ducati won the first title, then the Yamahas took over, developed by Rossi into a bike that not only could everybody ride well, but that other riders could win on. To Valentino’s eventual dismay. Right up until the end of last season, the Yamaha M1 was the bike ever ybody who was serious about winning wanted to be riding. Now even the people who do have them them can only watch as the Honda riders duck inside on the corners, get the power on earlier, then accelerate away faster, eventually attaining a higher top speed. Magic. Rossi puts it best: “ The Honda this year is like a Yamaha M1, but with 20 more horsepower.” His replacement at the factory Yamaha team, Ben Spies, is under no illusions either. Where is the Honda better, I asked him? “Grip in the corners, and then on the straightaways,” he replied, knowing full well it didn’t leave much for anybody else. Actually, the only puzzle is why it has taken this long. Honda put more money and more engineering resources into GP racing than any other manufacturer. One reason being that they have more money and resources; the other being an ethos established by founder Soichiro Honda, who made his name by going racing in Europe, and against the odds rising to a dominant position. For the moment, and in the absence of any unexpected breakthrough from the others, they are left to mark time and hope that race circumstances will play things their way. And if the faces in the Honda garage are growing increasingly smug, race by race ... well, it’s not an unfamiliar expression, but it’s been a long time since we’ve seen it. flutes, taking a few cuts to the torso. But Christian being Christian, he was too trashed to notice. I went into the VIP cabana to ask what happened, but quickly most people had dispersed. Those I asked seemed, genuinely, to have not seen what happened. Bruno Senna was among them. I did not see Sutil at all during this time, or later. By the following day I had largely forgotten about it, until Adrian was accused last week of glassing someone in a club. I told my colleague Fabrizio Corgnati from 422race.com (who has interviewed Jaime Alguersuari for GPWEEK in this issue) about what I saw. So I suppose, in this instance, I’m Witness X! Not that I saw anything more than a bleeding, freaked out Eric Lux. Apologetic quotes have been attributed to Sutil saying he had hurt another person “completely unintentionally”. Which makes the details of the incident even harder to understand. You have to be pretty unlucky to accidentally glass someone. But I absolutely hope this is the case because I like Adrian, and if it is revealed he did intentionally hurt Lux – and there are going to be a lot of questions about whether this was an attack and, if so, what motivated it – it could result his career ending Bertrand Gachot-style. Let us hope this is not the case, and let’s hear what they have to say this weekend in Barcelona – if the lawyers will allow it. The Honda-lanes are open 21