MotoGP » Stoner: A weight off my shoulders

“After yesterday's announcement, I definitely felt a weight off my shoulders when I got on the bike this morning” – Casey Stoner.

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May 19, 2012 8:16 AM

I wanted to stay out of this but two things really stick in my neck.
a) All this personality rubbish. I'm guessing some of you watch the riders on the grid and have a giggle when one pulls a funny face at the camera, switch off for the race, then back on at the end hoping to see some ridiculous clown act celebration, then bounce into the presser and say,"It was a very good race and I am very 'appy". If this is what you mean by personality then you can have it. I'd rather see the rider do his talking on track and then give an analytical breakdown of the race in the presser.

b) Marquez. He may well be a super talent but no one will know intil he gets to MotoGP. Moto2 is a rubbish feeder series. Sure it provides exciting close race racing, but name a spec series that doesn't. Virtually every rider that has stepped up from Moto2 as the next big thing has been nowhere.

herewego - Unregistered

May 19, 2012 8:23 AM
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If Casey genuinely loves racing, he would stay and do his utmost to keep the sport he, and the rest of us, love! Walking away isn't the answer, it's a cop out!!

Sparky62 - Unregistered

May 19, 2012 8:38 AM

Since when would anybody listen to a rider, world champion or not? So you are asking him to risk his life each weekend competing in something he no longer enjoys in the off chance somebody listens to him? He loves the challenge of being the best he can. He can do that in V8 Supercars or another formula and not cop the grief he has had in MotoGP. In 2015, when there are no more factory prototypes and the TV audience is half that of WSBK, then you may see the best riders in the world, including Stoner, in the sueprbikes.

rolling stoner - Unregistered

May 19, 2012 8:59 AM

Why is Stoner rated so much?? I still think Troy Bayliss is just a good a rider as Stoner if not a BETTER 'racer' than Stoner, Bayliss came to motogp on a absolute dog of a Ducati but still managed a couple of podiums, then moved to Honda but on michelin tyres and just kept binning it just like Stoner did when on the Honda and michelins back in '06. Troy went back to Superbikes and smoked 'em then had a one off ride at Valencia '06 on a Duke that was becoming rideable and on bridgestone tyres that were superior at the time and once again Troy smoked 'em. Troy's age and timing for motogp was all wrong, could of been different if he got on the duke after '06 and he was not quite so old. However there is another Stoner right around the corner and his name is Marc Marquez this guy can drift and 'back in' a bike just as good as the big boys if not better!


May 19, 2012 9:12 AM

rolling stoner,

No one under-appreciates how good Troy Bayliss was.

If you want a fascinating read on Casey Stoner and his retirement, read this great blog on Motomatters:

"And why does he hate his media commitments quite so vehemently? The truth is that Casey Stoner was never forgiven for the cardinal sin of beating Valentino Rossi in a straight fight."

Gone - Unregistered

May 19, 2012 9:44 AM

why must everything be about casey v rossi.

being a stoner and rossi fan im so sick of reading all this crap, hate on stoner, hate on rossi , its the same crap every topic.

jb - Unregistered

May 19, 2012 9:45 AM

At the end of the 2012 season, put Stoner and Rossi on the same bikes (Honda or Ducati). First up a fight for pole position, then 21 laps of racing, (or not). Who wouldn't pay to see that..?? Laguna Seca showdown...bring it on

bjr - Unregistered

May 19, 2012 10:48 AM

....The only real question is that casey was born in Kurri Kurri NSW but raised in Southport Queensland so is he a "Blue" or a "Maroon"???? ...

Probably depends on where his first motorcycle club was ???? I'd be happy with either be 'cos at least he wouldn't be a Victorian :-)

Sodium - Unregistered

May 19, 2012 2:20 PM

Hi Podster. whether u or me like it or not casey stoner will never be respected in the similar lines of the great champions. i stated few cases. u see it's same with the present gen in ATP. no one will get the respect like the roger federer. so u see what i'm saying? casey stoner is responsible for his own conduct and behavior. also he's wrong about blaming MotoGP rules. u see how bernie transformed F1 due to the changing economic situation? also see FIA powering down F1 car over the years and from 2014 those cars will have just 1.6 lt engines. it sucks but we need to accept the change and move on. that's where stoner made mistake.

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