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Stoner: Australia needs to do more for motorsport

“A lot of tracks are being closed down and motorsport in Australia struggles to a certain degree” – Casey Stoner.
Retiring double MotoGP world champion Casey Stoner has painted a bleak picture of the future of motorcycling in his native Australia.

Australia is likely to be without a premier-class rider next season and the 27-year-old Repsol Honda star, chasing a sixth successive Phillip Island win this weekend, doesn't feel enough support is available.

“To be honest I don't know,” replied Stoner, when asked who might fill the void for Australia once he retires.

“As far as Australia internationally it's going well, motorsport visiting Australia, but unfortunately motorsport inside Australia doesn't have support.

“There's nobody out there that is stepping up with sponsorship, or helping to find places for people to ride or start learning, or running Australian championships or anything like this.

“A lot of tracks are being closed down and motorsport in general in Australia struggles to a certain degree.

“It's very disappointing. I think everybody wants to be wrapped up in cotton wool too much.

“There are too many court cases pulled out because something happens to a young rider. Instances like that which I think are unnecessary.

“Everyone does things at their own risk, understands the risks and should just be there to enjoy it.

“Motorcycling is a fantastic thing. It's what I grew up loving to do and will continue to do into the future. It definitely needs a boost in Australia.”

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pp916 - Unregistered

October 25, 2012 2:18 PM

Well if Casey is at a loose end over the next couple of years maybe this is something that he could get involved in....worthwhile, rewarding, still involved in the sport but away from the PR & politics bullsh*t that he hates so much and minus the risks to his physical & mental to be better than going car racing and his god given talents on 2 wheels wouldn't be entirely lost to the sport.


October 25, 2012 3:54 PM

Why would his retirement make it worse in Australia? His profile, like that of Gardner, Doohan, Bayliss and Corser, had done immeasurable good for the sport over here. To even suggest he does not care about the Aussie racing scene just shows complete ignorance. He had to leave Australia because of politics in the sport. They would not allow him to race in the 80cc Moriwaki class after he purchased a bike. Why? Because he had already accumulated over 1000 trophies in short track racing. So he was forced to move to England to race on the road at 14. So the motorcycle racing bosses in Australia shafted him, not the other way round. They gave no help to a talented rider who wished to go road racing.

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