- "Me stuka mo gootu numa no Junkee Watto. (I've seen better in Watto's Junkyard.)'"
- ―Gasgano to Anakin Skywalker
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Easily ranking among the most famous podracer pilots in the galaxy, Gasgano was one of the deadliest fiends on the track, if one was able to anger him. Otherwise, he'd just pass other participants, focused on reaching the finish line first rather than destroying other racers' pods (a method favored by Sebulba). Gasgano's custom-built Ord Pedrovia placed a heavy emphasis on acceleration, helping him take the lead in the critical early seconds of a Podrace.
The Xexto had little patience for Humans and often condemned lesser pilot Anakin Skywalker as a rookie wannabe, while at the same time being impressed that the Human boy had ever dared to strap himself into a Pod in the first place. Gasgano was championed by Gardulla Besadii the Elder, although she was far from the only spectator who bet on him; many predicted Gasgano would overtake Sebulba in the Boonta Eve Classic. Placed prominently on the grid, the Xexto took a good start when Jabba the Hutt gave the kickoff, and managed to stay in the front runners throughout the race. While Gasgano placed second behind Anakin in this race, Sebulba's defeat and subsequent temporary loss of dignity provided the Xexto with an excellent chance to further his own career as a Podracer. Although Gasgano has a reputation as an intellectual, he got drunk in the nearest cantina to celebrate his victory. However, not bothering to rest from his partial victory in the Boonta, the competitive Gasgano quickly moved on to other races, and soon became the favorite pilot on the barren Podracing moon of Oovo IV.
Behind the scenesEdit
Gasgano's appearance in Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace marked the introduction of the Xexto species to the saga. The conceptual maquette of Gasgano was designed by Richard Mills and Robert E. Barnes, and his appearance in the film was computer generated.
It is possible that Gasgano was one of the individuals present around the time of Luke Skywalker's meeting with Han Solo in Chalmun's Cantina. Although not seen in the movie, Star Wars: Complete Locations points out a "multifingered former podracer, now a deft pickpocket" that can be located inside the cantina. It may be another Xexto podracer, however no other Xexto podracers have been officially named.
Gasgano, who was usually calm and cool, turned into a bar brawler when he had too much to drink.
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