MotoGP » Stoner taking no risks ahead of swansong

Casey Stoner keeps his mileage to a minimum as he looks get to the end of his final MotoGP event without drama.

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November 09, 2012 6:40 PM

i wish was there was some kind of racers union that riders belonged to...? or standard contract clause that OBLIGATED any retiree to continue on as a liason or commentator to the sport for a year afterwards (assuming not injured and paid of course). seems kind of a rip to ask the fans to suddenly go "cold turkey" after a lengthy career. like an army spending years in a war zone, for the greater good, withdrawl is a "calculated" wind down, not an all at once cessation.

in fact, this actually makes for good business since departing riders effectively HARM any franchise they are associated with and are generally the only ones privvy to their retirement secret until the last minute. this, not so much the case with stoner having announced so early, but more so with the rash of other recent departures. ie. biaggi, corser, toseland, bayliss, capi, simo, etc. the industry is HEMMORAGING talent which is going to happen, but so much at once amounts to "attrition with no addition".

Just Watch - Unregistered

November 09, 2012 7:58 PM

Taking no risks!!! And this from the same guy who slagged Vale off for his supposed not taking risks through out 2012.
Posted by kukisan - Unregistered (1 hour 58 minutes ago)

With damp conditions proving too dry for wet tyres and too wet for slick tyres in the afternoon, Dovizioso was one of a handful of riders not to venture onto track.
Do you mean Vale out to track to take any risk? I dont think so. He take the advantage to entertain his fans. 1m 38s is wasting.


November 10, 2012 12:14 AM

yep , this the same guy who mentioned vale wasn't taking risks , vale also verified it as true with remarks of his own.
stoner has a busted up ankle remember , one off in a half wet friday practice can lead to no riding the next two days that matter most should he bang up the ankle again.
don't you worry old chap , stoner will take his normal bag full of risks come quallies and race time.
he's renowned for such .


November 10, 2012 12:47 AM

POOR!!!!!!!!, OLD!!!!!!!!!!!,Vale!!!!!!.
Another!!!!!!!!, WASTED DAY!!!!!!!!!??????????.
Be realistic!!!!!!!!!!!!, 2WASTED YEARS & 1 wasted Day and as such,MORE Waste to come!!!!!!!!????????????????.javascript:insertTextCursor('comment',%20':rolleyes:')

Seriously! - Unregistered

November 10, 2012 1:38 AM

I'm not directing my comment soley at Casey here, because others are just as guilty, but I'll bet the punters who turned up to the track would be disappointed they have missed the opportunity to see their favouite riders during these wet, wet/dry sessions.
Race fans pay a handsome fee to go to the track to view the spectacle that is MotoGP, not just on race day but from FP1.
There should be some form of contractural obligation for teams to have their riders and bikes circulating for at least a part of each session.
Just my thoughts.

some1 - Unregistered

November 10, 2012 2:19 AM

Stoner not taking a risk could be end up a race win.

The same thing cannot be said about Rossi and would be resulting a race shame.

A fast rider still can get a better result by slowing down rather than a slow rider that hardly manage going faster to chase for a better position.

kukisan - Unregistered

November 10, 2012 8:53 AM

OMG, cant believe the hypocrisy Moaner as a bashed up ankle and guess what we have all got to go ahhhh. Rossi rode with a broken leg and 35cm metal pin in it and Stacey said he was more or less milking it.
The sooner Moaner leaves the better, as for risk taking isn't it better to explore your own weaknesses and try to develop a bike, than to run off to the bike that you know will bag you a championship, especially when all the work as been done for you


November 10, 2012 9:16 AM

Why should he take any risks, he is leaving after Sunday.

What would be the point in risking further damage to the ankle for the sake of a few laps on a wet track?

If it's wet on Sunday, he will have no choice, he is contracted to race.

BTW he wasn't the only one who chose not to go out.

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