Casey Stoner believes Marc Marquez 'felt in some way threatened by me' while the Australian was still at Honda and hinted that this may have contributed to HRC turning down his offer to replace Dani Pedrosa.

After quitting racing at the end of 2012 Stoner took up the role of test rider for Honda and witnessed Marquez emerge to claim back-to-back MotoGP crowns in 2013 and 2014.

When Marquez's Repsol Honda team-mate Dani Pedrosa was forced to pull out of three rounds at the start of 2015 due to injury, Stoner offered to take his place, only to be turned down by Honda for Hiroshi Aoyama.

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The two-time MotoGP world champion has now called an end to his test rider deal with Honda and returned to Ducati.

"At Honda I was just an occasional tester and wasn't being used to my potential," Stoner said to Motosprint. "I loved working with the HRC guys but I think Marc and his crew felt in some way threatened by me and I don't know why. I was just there to test and help.

"I have absolutely no hard feelings towards Honda and I have great respect for Shuhei Nakamoto [HRC vice president], so our relationship will be fine in the future.

"I felt ready [to replace Pedrosa] for Austin. Nakamoto told me he was sorry and that it had been him who made the decision. But I think other people must have put pressure on him for me not to race."

Stoner's new role at Ducati is as a 'brand ambassador and test rider', including an appearance at World Ducati Week from 1-3 July along with 'a selected number of MotoGP tests'.

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Casey is specific here...
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I have absolutely no hard feelings towards Honda and I have great respect for Shuhei Nakamoto [HRC vice president], so our relationship will be fine in the future.
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Almost to the point you look to see who is missing (team MM) and thus who else this statement is about.
Perhaps?

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ProfessorX:
Joan Williams: Why do people on here talk about people as if they know them personally, when I'm sure they don't really know, unless they actually work in the MotoGP paddock.

How does any ordinary person know who stopped Casey standing in for Dani. And who knows anything about Alzamora. Some very imaginative people on here, you should work for crash.net, but then maybe you do, in disguise.[\blockquote]

I would wager it had more to do more with Honda, and Suppo. The bike was a POS, and they give almost all their attention to the only rider they care about at HRC. It was worth it to hold Casey back and no threaten either 'investment'. In the end both guys are really commodities to the TV heads and the manufacturers, and there was no way they could give Casey a fair shot and not risk either looking bad. [\blockquote]

I remember reading that Nakamoto didn't want Casey to fill in for Dani because he hadn't been training/riding - only a few test rides

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Sorta makes you wonder what other 'people of clout' in the GP community have to say about Marquez'. I mean, he obviously has 'alien' status riding skills and two World Championships but he will get black flagged and ousted from GP, I don't care if he's winning or not. It's bad for the sport. His behavior might bring a whole new meaning to 'When keeping it real goes wrong...' lol!

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Intuition serves you well. He probably has reason to be ---- your just as fast but smarter and no **** blocking countrymen fan-boy crap. That puts Stoner well above Marquez as an older experienced rider that knows when to bring it home safe vs a do-or-die/all or nothing scenario for a win at the expense of a competitor, himself or anything in his way. Sure that doesn't make him the most desirable rider in the paddock but one would hope he starts leaving his 'tactics' in the box and lays everything else out on the track.....

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Yeah, sure because Stoner won 2 titles in a row and absolutely crushed the competition in his title defense on the Honda. He quit the sport, he should just avoid saying more dumb sheet!

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Bikeenthused:
Robert Danley: Yeah, sure because Stoner won 2 titles in a row and absolutely crushed the competition in his title defense on the Honda. He quit the sport, he should just avoid saying more dumb sheet![\blockquote]

2007 and 2011 doesn't constitute back to back.[\blockquote]

You don't understand sarcasm do you? Comparing what Marquez DID to what Stoner DID NOT do. Hence Marquez has nothing to be afraid of!

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