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Doohan unsure Stoner retirement is certain

"Hopefully, he'll just get through this period and we'll hear an announcement that Casey's not going to retire" – Mick Doohan.
Former five-time 500cc world champion Mick Doohan is unsure that fellow Australian Casey Stoner really will retire at the end of the 2012 MotoGP season.

26-year-old Stoner, the reigning double world champion and 2012 title leader, made the shock announcement on Thursday at Le Mans.

But fellow Repsol Honda rider Doohan, whose own career ended with serious injuries in the 1999 Spanish Grand Prix, believes Stoner could still be tempted to stay.

"It'll be interesting to see if he does actually retire," Doohan told Australia's Herald newspaper. "I'll be very surprised if he doesn't get an offer from Honda or another team later in the year that he can't refuse to stay in the sport.

"I know Honda were counting on Casey to be the guy to keep them going for a few years... I don't think the bidding is over yet to keep him in the sport.

"I think he's just had enough of the sport at the moment. Hopefully, he'll just get through this period and we'll hear an announcement that he's not going to retire."

Stoner was fastest in both of Friday's free practice sessions for the French Grand Prix at Le Mans.

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Sparky62 - Unregistered

May 19, 2012 8:52 AM

He is not in it for the money. He accepted less this year than he knows Lorenzo is getting paid and he is the World Champion!!! People who say he should stay and fight for MotoGP's future are missing the point. They never listen to the riders and he has no incentive to risk his life each weekend just to be ignored. What it will take is myths to be shot down in flames. Racing was closer in the old days? Rubbish it was!! Casey only won because he had superior bikes and Rossi because he was the best rider? What load of tosh! Stoner can't race handlebar to handlebar? Why, because on one occasion Rossi cut a corner (both wheels over the white line) and almost t-boned Stoner and Stone mentioned that it was a bit dodgy? Stoner is a moaner? I challenge anybody to quote one of his moans and I can find similar from any rider you care to name. He has not received the respect due to any rider in MotoGP neveralone a dual World Champ.


May 19, 2012 8:08 AM

I don't know what other inducements HRC could offer though? They've already conceded to his request for a 1-year contract rather than 2, they've cut down on testing duties for him and axed all PR commitments other than the most basic (like pre-event press conferences). Obviously the money is already substantial. What else could they offer for him to change his mind? Not saying it's out of the question because Casey has backtracked on statements before (the Japanese GP of last year comes to mind), but it seems a big ask to expect him to now overturn all those family considerations and keep doing something he plainly doesn't enjoy any more.

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