MotoGP » Rain to ruin Stoner’s final victory hopes?


"I'm not willing to risk a huge injury in wet conditions. We'll race whatever the weather, but it's difficult to know how much I'm going to push" - Casey Stoner.

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Gaucho - Unregistered

November 10, 2012 9:31 PM

And why would you take risks being your last race. Spoken by a true World Champion.
Just go out there and have some fun. We understand, not wanting to leave Moto GP with another injury is the right thing to do. I have lots of friends coming over to my house to watch you tonight for the last ride so we'll be raising a glass or two just for you Casey.
Good Luck and thanks for the past 10+ years. From the SFMC.

AUSSIE66

November 10, 2012 10:33 PM

This is just another mind game by Casey,I saw him 2 weeks ago at the Island ,he said the same there,look what he done, went out and smashed them.Make no mistake there's no doubt in my mind he wants to leave this sport with a win.I cant wait its going to be a ball tearer of a race, its being shown in Australia at 11pm a long fu#*ing wait but its going to be worth it. Good luck Casey and thanks for the memories.
LET THE FINAL BATTLE BEGIN.

Ben1

November 10, 2012 10:40 PM

What is the weather thinking of itself, it wants to rain when Casey will retire? It mustn't rain on the day of Stoner's final race. And everyone of his rivals should slow not to danger his victory.

Anyway, I understand his opinion, but the title is a little controversial. He should know the weather is part of the racing, and he won't be the only person on the racetrack tomorrow.
I await his final appearance and how he will do. Hope a good last battle between the big three.

WylieCoyote

November 10, 2012 10:54 PM

Its pretty simple. If he crashes and does more damage to his ligaments that could be the end of his hopes of ever driving a V8 or returning to MotoGP. His doctors have advised him it is that serious.

petrolbonce

November 10, 2012 10:58 PM

"don't even really need to make a mistake and you can crash"

A perfect summary of racing in the wet. Sure a damp track can be managed, but a streaming wet track such as we saw at Sepang introduces a huge element of chance.

rogerio.alves@gmail.com - Unregistered

November 10, 2012 11:01 PM

Starting mind games just as he is retiring???

Casey Stoner usually tells it like it is (even if many consider him a moaner) but this time I really don't believe him.

Of course, no rider (at least, experience riders like most at MogoGp) will ride risking injury, specially at the last race of the season with the title decided. So, that's a given.

But, of course as well, everyone will give his maximum (within the limits stated above and within the limits the conditions allow) to win or get the best position possible. And Stoner too. Him as well as all others. Motivations may vary but even a retiring rider will give the best he can. Why not?

petrolbonce

November 10, 2012 11:01 PM

@WylieCoyote returning to MotoGP? Does anybody really believe that's going to happen? Stoner won't come back unless he can get a top factory ride. So we're looking at two years off at least.

No matter who you are two years without practice at the top level will leave you rusty. Who's going to sign somebody straight to a #1 factory ride under those circumstances?

dacron

November 10, 2012 11:27 PM

@petrolbonce.
its quiet true what you say.
but if stoner ever decides to return you can bet your life every factory will be throwing works bikes at him to rid away the rust long before a season starts and a contract is signed.
we will see him do testing for hrc without a doubt , both have said as much.
but i agree with you it would take time to get back the confidence and speed to race at todays pace , even if todays pace was created by stoner himself.
jlo and pedro will continue at this pace and others i'm sure will join them eventually and mabe even raise it higher.

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