WMG / Oban Star Racers

warning: many spoilers follow

You can be Avatar more than once in a row
Satis had faith in Molly, but deep down he was uncertain about whether any of the racers had it in them to govern the entire Galaxy. Thus, he entered again as Super-Racer, aiming to have the seat of power for himself once again, if only to keep Canaletto out of it. When Molly defeated Super-Racer, he dropped out and acted as an overseer for the Earth Team all throughout the Oban cycle.
  • This is supported by Canaletto's primary goal revolving around becoming Avatar again, when he'd already been the Avatar some twenty-thousand years ago.

O was the vice-Avatar
In a flashback, we see Satis trying to use his magic to counter Canaletto's and crying to O for help. Thus, O had originally planned to race for the seat of power himself once his superior's turn ended. He even scored high at first. But as Satis became more and more determined to have Molly take his place, he instructed O to start throwing the races to allow her to step ahead.

That's one of the reasons he helped Molly, Jordan, and Aikka out on the second-to-last episode. A racer intending to win would have headed there in a hurry to nab the Ultimate Prize for himself.

Canaletto was using Shivans from FreeSpace to punish bad civilisations

Sul isn't dead
Technically he was sucked into a portal, possibly because Canaletto knew that even he didn't have the power to outright kill him. So he compromised by simply removing Sul, possibly trapping him in a dimensional prison of sorts.

Sul wuld have been a great avatar
He already seemed competent with his own power, and needed a bigger challenge, killing an omnicidal maniac as powerful as Canaletto without breaking reality is a pretty big challenge. Also managing a planet that makes planets is really hard, you have to calculate hundreds of details or you could break some thing. All of those are things he would have loved to do, and would be able to do well.

And maybe he could have come up with a system for choosing the next physical god that didn't involve "Hope the fastest guy is not a monster".

Canaletto looks awfully like the Chozo from the Metroid series
In fact, seeing how ancient the Chozo civilization was, one would say that Canaletto was a Chozo. A chozo who was religious/ideological fanatic who sought the “ultimate prize” to purify the galaxy in a messianic/evangelist zeal, and had his appearance changed (just like Jordan had) when he was imbued with the Avatar’s power, with which he went rampant with righteous fury.
  • Building from this theory, he wished to create a new place for his wandering race to settle in, or perphaps remake everything for them. If Samus Aran had been present during the events, he would have either tried to remove her, viewing her as a sign of impurity within his race, or attempted to have her win the prize and become the instrument for the revival of the Chozo...which, depending on how sour her relationship with her own race has become, may not be all that impossible.

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