MotoGP » Stoner, Lorenzo 'won’t go' to Japanese MotoGP

Casey Stoner and Jorge Lorenzo will not take part in the 2011 Japanese MotoGP.

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ducbob - Unregistered

July 16, 2011 10:29 PM

These are young men who still have time for having children later in life. I would not risk the chance of
having a sick baby due to one race.
I respect the courage it took to just say no.

rattle - Unregistered

July 16, 2011 10:38 PM

apparently, people in the paddock supporting japan r telling these riders to replace the 'WITH U JAPAN' sticker on their bikes with "F**K U JAPAN' lol

Yamaman - Unregistered

July 16, 2011 10:41 PM

I'm no fan of Stoner, but earlier in the season he did make some valid comments on the line of whether it was appropriate to hold the event in country that would be better off using its resources to recover from the situation. It would be interesting to see how the circuit representitives weigh in on this. To give them thier due, some of the riders may not necessarily be harbouring irrational radiation fears. Perhaps they simply feel the time is not yet right.

Stavros - Unregistered

July 16, 2011 10:41 PM

I don't think some people here understand just how close Motegi is to Fukushima. Its only 150km or so away from the worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl. Its all very well to say the riders should put their faith in the scientists but many of them have wives, girlfreinds and even children that travel and stay with them. I wouldn't take my child or wife to sleep in the vicinity of 4 recently melted down reactors. Say one of the scientists messed up and the water was more contaminated than they thought - the repercussions don't bear thinking about.

LeisureSuit Larry - Unregistered

July 16, 2011 10:42 PM

Do any of you folk really think Stoner & Lorenzo took this decision on their own? Honda owns the circuit and pays Stoner's wages. The circuit & the surrounding infrastructure has been very badly damaged & the event may not be able to go ahead as planned, resulting in considerable loss of face for Honda & Japan as a whole. So, the factories 'encourage' the geijin riders to voice their 'health' concerns to give a valid reason to cancel or postpone the event. The only Japanese rider doesn't go along with any boycott, to show 'solidarity' with his countrymen. A good old stitch up if I've ever seen one.

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