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Lorenzo responds to Stoner retirement

"It's a surprise for me, for everyone" - Jorge Lorenzo.
Former MotoGP champion Jorge Lorenzo was as surprised as anyone by title rival Casey Stoner's retirement announcement at the Le Mans pre-event press conference on Thursday evening.

Yamaha star Lorenzo currently trails Honda's reigning double champion Stoner by just one point heading into this weekend's fourth round.

“It's a surprise for me, for everyone. I didn't expect it. I heard the rumours and I thought there was a possibility, but I thought that Casey would continue next year,” said Lorenzo, sitting alongside Stoner at the press conference.

“But now he has told us, it's not good news for MotoGP I think, but his decision is to live quietly with his family and we must respect his decision.”

Monster Yamaha Tech 3's Cal Crutchlow saw the lighter side: “With Casey making that announcement, maybe he can slow down and let me have a place in the top three.”

26-year-old Stoner, a winner of 35 MotoGP races, will retire at the end of this season.

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RIP MotoGP - Unregistered

May 17, 2012 7:24 PM

MotoGP is slowly collapsing, like a house of cards. Viewing figures are falling, the "racing" is boring, manufacturers leaving, slow CRT bikes to be the "new" prototypes, a very exciting "race" in WSB last week, and now the best rider in the world is fed up of the way MotoGP is going and is quitting. Like it or not, if Rossi decided to go to WSB, MotoGP would die. Even with Rossi still here with his millions of fans, it's popularity is waning... What a mess!

rab27 - Unregistered

May 17, 2012 8:09 PM

i feel sorry for the guys that are left.any championship winner in the next 4 years or so is going to feel its a hollow victory without beating casey. it will be a poor show for the fans in 2013 knowing the fastest man on 2 wheels on the planet is at home changing nappies as well. moto gp disappearing up its own **** sloely down to those that run it,and putting all their eggs in the rossi basket was always going to bite in the long run,once crt pretend prototypes become the norm and rossi leaves,it will be all over. only way to up the game is scrap the fuel limit,reduce minimum weight back to 140-145 kg and let them make what we know they can,not some half ****d half production ,half prototype like the current crt bikes.

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