MotoGP » Stoner leaves door ajar to MotoGP return

Casey Stoner leaves the door ajar on the possibility of one day making a return to MotoGP despite confirming his move to V8 Supercars for the 2013 season

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January 27, 2013 11:53 AM

I have attended thousands of motorcycle racing events over 40 years around the globe and I have never seen a rider spat upon or booed on the podium until they did it to Stoner. It marked a shift in the sport. It used to be that 90% of the crowd were enthusiasts and the other 10% were curious first timers. Now, at some circuits, it has changed so the majority are no different than football hooligans. This mentality is shown by several in this forum who express opinions that are insulting to the riders and diminish their accomplishments. If some of the loud mouths in this forum were amongst real fans at a GP and insulted any rider, be it Stoner or whomever, the way they do behind their keyboards, they would find themselves in trouble. It is okay to have favorites but to constantly besmirch other riders is not what this sport is about and sadly, like Stoner, I am starting to lose my enthusiasm for a lifelong interest.


January 27, 2013 12:08 PM

@ WylieCoyote....stick with it my friend not much has changed in your 40yrs. Back in the day I have been present at meetings when 'fans' cheered when someone broke down or fell off, when riders were booed.
When Barry Sheene smashed his legs his parents received telephone calls saying things like "I hope he dies" and "I hope he loses his legs" (Barry's dad Frank told me that)

Besides, you won't find a better sport to follow.

gixxermad5 - Unregistered

January 27, 2013 12:11 PM

This is old news crash. He's gone so let's get on with the racing. Not keen on his remake about Marco as how much more does he won't the grid todo? They carried on the race when the late great arton senna crashed. Racers know the risk. Let's all stop knocking all the riders there ALL better than any of us. Let's look forward not back roll on 2013. The sport needs CRT as the money is just not there. So if your a real fan stop belly aching....

Test - Unregistered

January 27, 2013 12:14 PM

its only the second-tier Dunlop Series which he will compete with. Not the big boys.

will wait and see if he pisses and moans if when he gets tagged or taken out by another driver



January 27, 2013 12:14 PM

when a simple stoner thread gains more attention than even the yamaha , honda and ducati 2013 press releases with there new gigs and top 4 present riders , you know that stoner is simply the one that generates the interest.
its been half a day and already in triple figures.
love him or hate him , you just can't stop talking about him , and he is retired!!!
ps....stoner mentioned the super sic accident with the fans in mind , not the organizers , and he is spot on , after a month of the racing world holding hands together the fans slipped right back into rider insults , that was his point.

jonnyh - Unregistered

January 27, 2013 12:16 PM

i think all the haters r not true bike racing fans they r no better than football hooligans iam a fan of motorcycle racing full stop i have my favourites in moto gp bsb wsbk but if they dont do well in a race thet doesnt give me the right to put down the riders thst come ahead of them they all get equal respect from me

Correct - Unregistered

January 27, 2013 12:20 PM

Casey is an absolutely awesome rider, the fastest in the world when its his day. But a combination of his ego and the chip on his shoulder let him down. Whenever you hear him talk, he always refers to not getting enough RESPECT, be it from fans, other riders or the controlers of the sport. He seems to believe that his awesome talent and world champion status should guarantee him respect and stature in the MotoGP world. I believe in his early years he admired and looked up to Rossi(same is true of Lorenzo who said he wanted to be like Valentino) If you read Ring of Fire, in it Chas Davies ,a pal of Caseys describes how he and Casey were in awe of Rossi, and describes how when they were struggling in 125 class, Rossi chatted to them and encouraged them. Casey believed when he became champion, all would fall into place and he would be loved and respected the same way his heroes in the sport had been. But people see his arrogance and egotism, constantly complaining about eveything and oft

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