MotoGP » Phillip Island hoping for Stoner appearance

"Honda had three bikes in their garage [in 2011] - this year Casey might be that third rider"

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July 31, 2013 7:45 PM

More PR, Spin, Media coverage and column inches, and ultimately, MONEY. I think that is what this so-called story is.

pcxmac's first post summed it up pretty perfectly.

If Casey's reasons for pulling the plug on MotoGP were that his principles were at odds with the corruption and manipulation of t MotoGP by its masters, then I have great respect for that. CS doesn't need the money, so has the luxury of being able to stand by those principles and retain his integrity.

So... while I'd love to see Casey showing his sublime talent on a GP bike again, through his own corner at PI too, I say this....

Don't do it Casey! Tell Ezpeleta to ram it.


July 31, 2013 10:27 PM

Casey doesn't deserve the attention of the sports governing body or the fans. He made his bed now he can lie in it. Maybe he would prefer that the fans all turned their backs on the sport like he did? Imagine if he was still out there giving us the racing we love? Wouldn't that be great! Unfortunately he's not, he instead took the quitters way out bad mouthing and all, for this many of us would rather never see him race again.


July 31, 2013 10:51 PM

Stoner bad mouthed MotoGP? Look at the rubbish written about him over the years and that was the biggest deciding factor.

As for him needing to be further up the front to avoid being hit in V8 Supercars. He has always been in the top 10 of a field of 35 when he has been punted off in the first three laps. Because the starting grid for race 2 is based on your results of race 1 he has always started mid pack for race 2 and passed many cars (and average of about ten per race). Because your grid position for race 3 is based on the combined results of races 1 and 2 he still ends up starting mid pack no matter how well he qualified for race 1 or how many cars he passed in race 2. He has consistently, even when racing from the back and passing many cars, posted lap times in the top 10. Considering his car is good but not the best that is more than impressive. His race on Sunday in the rain saw him post the second fastest lap and he had never raced on the wet tyres before.


July 31, 2013 11:39 PM

He's definitely not the first or the last sportsman to be bad mouthed(thats life)but he's the first superstar I've ever seen take the attitude he did and run away from the sport that made him a multi-millionaire. Shameful display from a supposed "professional".


August 01, 2013 12:00 AM

It'd be the weekend after Bathurst (Dunlop V8 series commitment) so it would be a bit of a squeeze.

Not sure how exclusive his V8 contract is? It might not say anything about riding motorcycles, even if it just happens to be a HRC machin in Japan, but racing one in non-Red Bull/Pirtek livery??


August 01, 2013 12:00 AM

I think its possible but depending on the points standings coming into October.

If the WC is clear (relativley set), then I would expect to see CS race. If the WC is as close as it is now coming into October, I dont' see Honda allowing it.

Mr Nakamotto has recently said its not possible "at this stage" which I take as meaning what I have said above.

For the record, I would like to see him race at PI, I have watched him the last 7 years and his riding is awsome (despite my views regarding his other attributes).


August 01, 2013 1:12 AM
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Anyone who doesnt want to see the best motorcyle racers in the world racing against each other is not a fan of motorcycle racing imo. So seeings as Casey is one of the best, you are either afraid of him beating your hero or you watch motogp for the personalities and not the racing, which is not what it should be about.

As far as PI is concerned, I doubt Casey will race. He now has a situation where he gets to ride the bikes he likes & have some fun without having the rules changed on him to suit some other guy every time he wins a WC. He has always said it was about the riding for him, and thats what he's doing. If he does decide to come back, it will be a fantastic thing for bike racing, but its very unlikely, so people can just relax and enjoy the show as it unfolds.


August 01, 2013 1:50 AM

Yess baby 'KING OF THE ISLAND' is backkk
and race day other riders will follow him like a march-past, but he will disappear from front raw at the beginning of the race and we will see him top of the matter what bike he's on he will win 100% sure...

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