MotoGP » Stoner fears for Aussie motorcycling

“A lot of tracks are being closed down and motorsport in Australia struggles to a certain degree” – Casey Stoner.

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October 25, 2012 12:51 PM

There are plenty of good young Aussie riders. The biggest problem we have is the Superbikes being split into two. The ASBK and FX championships. This has diluted the TV coverage, sponsorship and fan base for what should be a single championship and the pinnacle of domestic racing. Somebody with a big wad of money needs to recombine both championships. But we keep producing quality riders who go to Europe and struggle to get decent rides. For every rider that manages to get a good ride, two or three equally talented riders end up back in Australia or in second rate teams. I think the introduction of Moto2 and Moto3 will help tremendously as two or three year old bikes will start to trickle down to the domestic series.

DesyBoy - Unregistered

October 25, 2012 1:50 PM

The only way these days, to get a Good Ride is Europe, have backers with DEEP Pockets, a bit like Casey, altho his backers never had deep pockets, more like Love and Believing in the Protege.
Go 4 it Casey

bolerobob - Unregistered

October 25, 2012 2:10 PM

Does that mean that after this season we will not have the joy of listening to Aussie riders or posters for that matter. I wonder just how we Europeans will manage.... maybe just have to go for a ride on our European motorcycles instead.

pp916 - Unregistered

October 25, 2012 2:18 PM

Well if Casey is at a loose end over the next couple of years maybe this is something that he could get involved in....worthwhile, rewarding, still involved in the sport but away from the PR & politics bullsh*t that he hates so much and minus the risks to his physical & mental to be better than going car racing and his god given talents on 2 wheels wouldn't be entirely lost to the sport.

shaken - Unregistered

October 25, 2012 3:32 PM

Racing nowadays is a rich mans (or womans) sport whether be it 2 or 4 wheels. The days when a rider could ride his (or her) road bike to a local race, stick on a number plate are long gone.


October 25, 2012 3:54 PM

Why would his retirement make it worse in Australia? His profile, like that of Gardner, Doohan, Bayliss and Corser, had done immeasurable good for the sport over here. To even suggest he does not care about the Aussie racing scene just shows complete ignorance. He had to leave Australia because of politics in the sport. They would not allow him to race in the 80cc Moriwaki class after he purchased a bike. Why? Because he had already accumulated over 1000 trophies in short track racing. So he was forced to move to England to race on the road at 14. So the motorcycle racing bosses in Australia shafted him, not the other way round. They gave no help to a talented rider who wished to go road racing.


October 25, 2012 4:27 PM

re: "As far as Australia internationally it's going well, motorsport visiting Australia, but unfortunately motorsport inside Australia doesn't have support.

There's nobody out there that is stepping up with sponsorship, or helping to find places for people to ride or start learning, or running Australian championships or anything like this.

A lot of tracks are being closed down and motorsport in general in Australia struggles to a certain degree."

Vir's left the schedule, Infineons's just been dropped, and Mid-O maybe on it's way out. in the comment above, substitute the word "America" everywhere you find the word "Australia" and it reads nearly identical. 2 different continents, 2 opposite hemispheres, but fan failure to come off the dime is a reoccuring theme.

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