MotoGP » Stoner, de Puniet clash 'under investigation'

Casey Stoner fastest during warm-up for the French MotoGP at Le Mans, round four of the 2011 world championship - but...

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So many haters - Unregistered

May 15, 2011 11:00 AM

Casey should not have punched his shoulder. A slap up the back of the helmet would have been better.

I like Stoner because he says what he thinks and stands up for what he believes in.

He is a straight up guy who does not care what people think. He does not care about fame and public image. He is a racer, not a poster boy.

As an Australian I see where he is comming from but Europeans just don't get him.

Saying all that, I wish he could tone it down. His anger is stopping people from apreciating what a rare talent he is.

Ringo Reeves

May 15, 2011 11:00 AM

Outrageous, out of control and under pressure to deliver. A 5000 EURO fine is not enough.

Some may say that pressure is a word that is misused in our vocabulary. When you start thinking of pressure, it's because you've started to think of failure.

Andie - Unregistered

May 15, 2011 11:03 AM

Randy had nowhere to go and took the best choice of non-racing line. This incident should not be taken in isolation Stoner is out of line this year in totality and needs to stop acting like a bully child. Any more of it - he should be banned for a race. He is not a good role model for future bike racers.

goose - Unregistered

May 15, 2011 11:04 AM

What is stonehead doing. Class rider bags of talent, and keeps running is mouth doing stupid things, all the time at the moment.

Get your head togther boy.

Ventruck - Unregistered

May 15, 2011 11:10 AM

I'm trying to be fair as possible here: blocking, which RdP kinda did, is unsafe.

...yet punching him, and being the only rider really complaining since last year about blocking and "bad moves" really puts Stoner out there. I'd guess that Stoner will illustrate himself as a victim of the FIM at some point if this keeps up.

It's not that Stoner is being rash with his actions, but he's being unprofessional and is seemingly demanding respect over others. It's much different than say, that Kallio/Melandri collision in a previous season that led to a small pushing scuffle. Those two went at it after the dust was cleared, not when they were moving at speed. And RdP's actions here on the other hand weren't incidental to begin with. He didn't have that punch "coming for him" for what he did...maybe a "WTF are you doing?" gesture at most.

dave from the don - Unregistered

May 15, 2011 11:10 AM

@so many haters

Stoner is an incredible rider, absolutely no doubting it.
And respect to him for not being interested in fame and all that comes with it, a lot of that stuff is indeed absolute b*llocks.

He just doesnt cope with any perceived injustices against him with any sort of grace, and being the typically upfront Australian that he is (which i believe in itself is a quality), here it just doesnt do him any favours.

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