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I think his retirement and the stated 'logic' behind his retirement very much have a 'taking my bat and ball' feel. Basically, the (MotoGP) world is not behaving as he wishes, particularly in regard to how it views and treats him, so he's going to refuse to participate even if it is to his own detriment - classic case of cutting of your nose to spite your face.
The indications were there years ago when, a world champion at age 21, he publicly questioned why some of Rossi's gear fetched more at a fan auction than some of his gear. There's nothing inherently wrong in thinking that, but it does indicate the thinking of someone whose idea of the recognition he derserves is at odds with the reality of the situation.
His retirement decision, in my opinion, was the result of mental anguish related to the difference between his idea of the recognition he should be receiving and the recognition he was actually receiving. And I think hi