PH2: Casey Stoner retires


Reigning MotoGP champion Casey Stoner shocked race fans yesterday by announcing he will retire from the sport at the age of just 26. The move was completely unexpected as Stoner had fiercely denied rumours he would quit just weeks earlier, so what brought about his change of heart?

An amazingly talented rider, and one who often doesn't receive the praise he deserves from fans due to his less than characterful nature, Stoner has always said he isn't racing to beat records. Often abrupt when interviewed, Stoner prefers to let his riding do the talking and, with two MotoGP titles under his belt, (one for Ducati remember, something that Rossi looks unlikely to repeat) his class is undeniable - which is part of the cause for his retirement.


"This sport has changed a lot and it has changed to the point where I am not enjoying it," said Stoner to a stunned press conference. "I don't have the passion for it and so at this time it is better if I retire. There are a lot of things that have disappointed me, and also a lot of things that I have loved about this sport, but unfortunately the balance has gone in the wrong direction. There are many, many different reasons but basically it's me losing my passion for the racing and my enjoyment for the sport.

"Sure, I'm going to enjoy this year but I'm sure if I continue it would be a mistake. There are many things I'd like to do with my life. I don't want to keep racing bikes to the point where I lose my passion for motorcycles. I love bikes, they've been my whole life, and if I keep doing this I'm afraid I'll completely lose my passion. Maybe I'll still have some involvement in the sport, if I can find the energy, to maybe help some young riders, things like that."

Stoner was famously booed by British fans when he won at Donington a few years back and with the change to 1000cc as well as heath issues and the birth of his first child, it looks like the Australian has simply had enough. Will he be missed?


While he certainly lacks the flair that Rossi brings to the paddock, Stoner's riding is at times completely unbelievable. One of the most gifted two-wheeled racers on the planet, if not the most gifted, watching a slow motion of Stoner wrestling the Honda around a corner is a master class in machine control. With him gone we will be left with Pedrosa and Lorenzo standing head and shoulders above the rest of the rapidly depleted MotoGP field with only the chance of Cal Crutchlow and Marc Marquez, who is hotly tipped to replace Stoner in the Repsol team, threatening their superiority.

The sight of Stoner winning a race by several seconds will not be missed, but one of the most talented riders of his generation saying he doesn't enjoy riding in the premier class and that at 26 years old he is walking away is a very sad, and worrying, development for MotoGP.

 

Comments (129) Join the discussion on the forum

  • rhinochopig 01 Jun 2012

    Zaxxon said:
    Just reading this weeks MCN, and regarding the letters page I have come to a conclusion.
    60% of contributors are spineless, jealous, fktard, small minded, immature, little s. I wish nothing more than total poverty and bitter, sad little lives upon them. I hope they never achieve 10% of their dreams.

    I hope Casey reads that page, decides not to race at Silverstone and still manages to win the championship. He is pure class, has proved it and by walking away whilst at the top of his game he has gone even higher in my estimation. Sad to see him go but thankyou Casey for pushing the best and then being the best.

    I love Rossi but I despise a lot of his fans.
    There's your problem right there. Gutter press is gutter press with or without bike articles.

  • norfolkscooby 01 Jun 2012

    Zaxxon said:
    Just reading this weeks MCN, and regarding the letters page I have come to a conclusion.
    60% of contributors are spineless, jealous, fktard, small minded, immature, little s. I wish nothing more than total poverty and bitter, sad little lives upon them. I hope they never achieve 10% of their dreams.

    I hope Casey reads that page, decides not to race at Silverstone and still manages to win the championship. He is pure class, has proved it and by walking away whilst at the top of his game he has gone even higher in my estimation. Sad to see him go but thankyou Casey for pushing the best and then being the best.

    I love Rossi but I despise a lot of his fans.
    What do you expect! I'm sure Potski has a man crush on VR! Anyone that reads MCN then claims to know the ins an outs of racing are seriously deluded anyway. And the MCN forums are simply there for the mentally unhinged.

  • Zaxxon 31 May 2012

    Just reading this weeks MCN, and regarding the letters page I have come to a conclusion.
    60% of contributors are spineless, jealous, fktard, small minded, immature, little s. I wish nothing more than total poverty and bitter, sad little lives upon them. I hope they never achieve 10% of their dreams.

    I hope Casey reads that page, decides not to race at Silverstone and still manages to win the championship. He is pure class, has proved it and by walking away whilst at the top of his game he has gone even higher in my estimation. Sad to see him go but thankyou Casey for pushing the best and then being the best.

    I love Rossi but I despise a lot of his fans.

  • AlexKing 22 May 2012

    CAPP0 said:
    I can't really BA to descend into the bhfest that BB routinely becomes these days, but I'll just point out that in terms of how long I've been watching (and understanding), well, let's just say that there's a strong probability that my offspring are older than many of the posters on here.

    My point was/is, racing or quali, it's always been thus. What the flying fk is the point of saying you could go faster if nobody got in your way? Because there were always other riders on the track during quali, and there always will be. So, it's a pathetic, pointless excuse.

    How about "I could have gone faster if my engine was more powerful"? How about "I could have posted a shorter time if those corners weren't on the circuit"? How about "I could have gone faster if I ignored the FIM rules"?

    And one last, OT, point: this board is called biker "banter". not biker "sit behind your cornflakes and post argumentative st" I would, er, give up posting if you cant distinguish the difference between the two......
    Don't worry CAPP0, it's just that it's currently illegal to criticize St Casey on here. I'm sure it'll all die down by next season. Maybe we could consider a sticky thread on this forum as a guide as to what's currently allowed?

  • GTIR 20 May 2012

    He met his wife when she was 14! (ok, so he was 18 and didn't "start a relationship" until she was 16 but still. smile)

    I think he'll be back.
    Not straight away but when he gets to his early 30's, after his daughter is a little older and he realises he can still win. yes

View all comments in the forums Make a comment