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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Rossi Stoned - Unregistered

May 18, 2012 7:55 PM

This could be another attempt at mind games. He tells everyone he's retiring, which knocks them for six and distracts them from the championship. Certainly it will relieve the pressure on him. All this bull about chatter as well! How come Pedrosa isn't always in the headlines complaining and he's on the same bike?


May 18, 2012 8:07 PM

This decision had obviously been playing on his mind for a long time.Its probably the hardest decision hes ever made.But now he has got things off his chest and out in the open,he will be free to concentrate 100% on the task of defending his title and i think he is going to be absolutely determined to do it.Jorge and Dani have got to really dig in and give it all they have.This could become a classic championship.

daniel kuchnia

May 18, 2012 8:07 PM

The Guys like JLo, Cal, Spies and maybe Dani are very sad about Casey's decision, They want to beat him sooner or later.
One, who is happy, is Rossi, he can be 1 place better...

I hope, Casey open a riding school and his style will not dissapired...

Bob - Unregistered

May 18, 2012 8:15 PM

I am very sad about his decision. Casey is the most naturally talented rider on two wheels in the last few decades.
He may not have liked the media, but he certainly pulled no punches when talking to them and wasn't full of bullshit.
Regardless of if he never fulfilled his maximum potential, Casey will retire being remembered for his balls out ability to ride any motorcycle to 100% and more. You can't ask for anything else from the guy.

Altsimon - Unregistered

May 18, 2012 8:25 PM

It is a huge pity that Stoner is leaving. I feel that just when he was gaining the love of even the hardest Rossi fans through his brilliant riding he has gone and quit. Perhaps it's the fact that he doesn't care much for fame but his fragility to criticism appears to have taken its toll. Stoner is so good on a bike that he really doesn't need to worry about anything else except riding, enjoying and winning a lot. However, Stoner is right that the MotoGP format with CRT and hardly any factory bikes makes for ****ty racing with 95% of riders having no chance to get anywhere near the top 2 or 3 riders. With all this said, I still think Stoner's decision to leave are for the most part, the wrong reasons.

ja - Unregistered

May 18, 2012 8:29 PM

i told you all the other day that motogp is on the edge of collapsing especially now skytv is going to get its ugly hands on the sport stoner going aint good news who knows who will be next to jump , there is one thing that you people can not say bad about Mr Rossi is that he always show repestful words about the people he races against

Early as he got his first title, Stoner stated he wouldn't race for more than 5 years or so - even so it is a bit surprising that he really kept his prediction.

I don't doubt that he doesn't like the environment but his pace and form do demonstrate that he still has his heart in the racing. He still gives his 100% (I hope!). Everyone is entitled to view his life and choose his future and follow his mind, specially one that already showed the world his true value (and immense value that it is). Even so, his reasons felt a bit strange. Right now there is no one that can doubt he is the fastest and how good he has been since his first day!

Considering everything (even the fact that Stoner has pretty much his own mind, different from any other racer) I suspect that, in 1, 2 or 3 years he might miss the racing at the limit and try a comeback, at 28 or 29! And everyone knows that he has the talent to make a successful comeback...

Choco - Unregistered

May 18, 2012 8:55 PM

So If he quits can I have his bike? I dubbed it first so there.

Who knows, maybe he'll change his mind. He's definitely a great rider and I'm a fan of his but I don't see him winning this year's championship as an easy lock. Pedrosa and Lorenzo are fast to and anything can happen. Three races in and Stoner is only up by a single point and Pedrosa is about to pull it all together. I'm expecting a tight three way this race and hope to see Bautista taking it to Dovi and Crutchlow. I'm not one of the people here who think MotoGp is boring, anything but. . .

#46 Forever - Unregistered

May 18, 2012 9:07 PM
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Me a Rossi fan too and will continue to be, but Stoner has been a great rider, boring sour-faced Aussie but no doubt the best rider of his generation (as Rossi was, as Doohan was etc. etc.)

I won't miss Stoner. One word to describe him off track... "bitter". On track? "Amazing" as much as I hateto admit it

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