MotoGP » 'Legend' Stoner ends MotoGP career on the podium

“My team are like my second family, we've been through a lot of ups and downs together and it's going to be difficult not to see them every week” – Casey Stoner.

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November 11, 2012 10:03 PM

On one hand the Ducati is supposed to be rubbish. Yet Stoner is rubbish for not winning two years in a row when riding it? On one hand Rossi is better than Stoner because he has more world championships and it doesn't matter that Stoner has won head to head. On the other hand Lorenzo is better than Stoner because he has beat him head to head. On one hand Stoner has only ever won because he had the superior bike. On the other hand Rossi managed to win nine championships with inferior bikes. On one hand Stoner is a one lap wonder. On the other hand he led 246 laps to Lorenzo's 116 last year. He has led more laps this year than Pedrosa despite having 3 weeks off and being injured. I am confused!

Dave - Unregistered

November 11, 2012 10:07 PM

"He has led more laps this year than Pedrosa despite having 3 weeks off and being injured. I am confused!"

He has 5 wins 2012 while pedro has 7...I to am confused???

Dave - Unregistered

November 11, 2012 10:23 PM

Stoner owners club...

2006 Rossi & Pedro (no Jlo til 08)
2007 No one (no Jlo til 08)
2008 Rossi
2009 Rossi, Jlo & Pedro
2010 Jlo, Pedro & Rossi
2011 No one (no MM til 13)
2012 Jlo & Pedro

Great rider yes...legend no.

Of the 7 years at top level, Rossi & Pedro owned him 4 years while Jlo owned him 3 years (of 5 head to head)

Great rider yes...legend no.

Smile35 - Unregistered

November 11, 2012 10:36 PM

I'm not Stoner's biggest fan but I can admire his talent and what he brought to Moto GP. At the end of the day he is a multiple World Champion. I'm sure it's not the way he wanted it to go out but I wish him well in what ever he goes onto to do

x - Unregistered

November 11, 2012 10:38 PM

"Legends don't quit"?? You guys need to see past the Dorna smoke haze.
Stoner was forced out of MotoGP. Stoner had a 2 year contract with HRC in 2011, it ended in 2012, Dorna changed the rules to only 4 Prototype bikes per manufacturer, Bautista and Bradl had 2 year contracts starting in 2012-2013. Dorna changed the rookie rule for 2013, Repsol & Dorna wanted Marquez in MotoGP but there would have been no Prototype bike for him to ride and Repsol wasn't going to have Marquez on a CRT. The only way to get Marquez in to MotoGP was to force Stoner into retirement, because he sure as hell wasn't going to jump on a CRT.

Dainel'c - Unregistered

November 11, 2012 10:47 PM

People trying to say Rossi/Lorenzo/Pedrosa is better than Stoner..

Rossi may have been later in his career but Stoner's 2007 and 2011 seasons are proof of how much he destroys the aforementioned riders in worse machinery.

He still won when the Ducati slumped to it's current level, something Rossi hasn't even come close to in 2 years of failing.

Lorenzo is fast but as you saw in Valencia he is impatient and the Vettel of MotoGP.

I think Rossi will take a season to get back up to speed on the Yammy, I'm hoping someone new starts rattling the podium, maybe Bradl or more Crutchlolol===

St.1200 - Unregistered

November 11, 2012 10:54 PM

Legend? For sure not. He will be remembered as a man that could ride a bike that Rossi couldn't. If he comes back in a two or three years and win championship on Yamaha than...yes

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