"Despite Thunder Crash's popularity, the Liandri have hopes of seeing their own high-tech robotic team, Evolution, make it to the finals. The politics are stunning: Malcolm's here because the Liandri won't let him out, you're here because the Liandri made an offer you couldn't refuse. Now the Liandri want you to lose? Forget it."
"Beating Gorge would give you the perfect way to prove that you've still got a few years left. In the press, Gorge pretends that he's written you off as an easy victory. You both know this will be a prolonged battle between bitter arch-rivals."