Bernie Ecclestone has wasted no time celebrating the end of his bribery trial in Germany, with his focus instead switching to getting back to work at the very top of Formula 1.
The 83-year-old saw his trial come to an end following a $100m payment to the court – as permitted by German law – earlier this week. He had been accused of paying a bribe to influence the sale of Formula 1 back in 2005, but the trial ended with no conviction and innocence assumed.
However, he was in no mood to celebrate, telling The Independent that he would be immediately switching his focus back to running F1.
“I’m not really celebrating. It’s just not me,” he said. “I’ve just got to get on with work. I’ve got things I need to catch up with so I’m cracking on.
“It’s a weight off my mind. I have been wasting two days a week. Now I can get back to doing what I should be doing.”
And he stayed true to his word. Press Association‘s Ian Parkes tweeted that Ecclestone was back at his desk in London just three hours after proceedings in Munich had come to an end.
Managed to speak to Mr E. He was back at his desk in London just three hours after leaving court in Munich. No rest for the workaholic!
Webb and Tomac won the last four championships with two apiece in alternating years, but they were not one another’s primary rival for most of those seasons. On the average, however, the past four years show an incredible similarity with average points earned of 21.0 for Webb and 21.3 for Tomac. With five wins so far this season, Tomac (23 wins) leads Webb (19) in victories but Webb (43) edges Tomac (41) in podium finishes during this span.
Sexton still has a lot to say and after winning last week in Detroit, he is speaking up. The Supercross numbers are against him entering Seattle, however, because a points’ deficit this large after Round 10 has been erased only once. In 1983 David Bailey was 47 points behind Bob Hannah, and like Sexton he was also in third place. Bailey took the points’ lead with one race remaining.
The seven points Sexton was penalized last week for jumping in a red cross flag section in Detroit could prove extremely costly.
In fact, it has been a series of mistakes that has cost Sexton the most. In the last two weeks, he lost 10 points with a 10th-place finish to go with his penalty. Erase those, and all three riders hold their fate in their hands.
Plessinger’s heartbreak in Detroit is still fresh, but the upside of his run is that was his best of the season and could turn his fortunes around. Prior to that race, he led only seven laps in three mains. He was up front for 20 laps in Detroit with five of those being the fastest on the track.
Last week’s win by Hunter Lawrence tied him with his brother Jett Lawrence for 17th on the all-time wins’ list. With the focus shifting to 250 West for the next two rounds, Jett has a great opportunity to pull back ahead. The real test will be at the first East / West Showdown in East Rutherford, New Jersey on April 22.
Last Five Seattle Winners
450s 2022: Eli Tomac
2019: Marvin Musquin
2018: Eli Tomac
2017: Marvin Musquin
2014: Ryan Villopoto