Casey Stoner has announced he will retire from Moto GP at the end of the season:
The reigning champion and 2007 champion is leading the series at the moment.
That’s really disappointing, he makes Moto GP worth watching simply for the way he manhandles a bike. I wonder if we might see him on 4 wheels some time soon, I seem to remember him testing a V8 Supercar a few years ago. Huge loss to Moto GP though.
WHAT?!?! Wow. No wonder Honda is pushing so hard to scrap the rookie rule – they want Marquez to replace Stoner.
If Wikipedia is to be trusted for the first time ever, he’s only 26 years old? So why is he retiring so young?
@David-A He’s a father and a double world champion. He might even take a third this year. He’s probably achieved everything he ever wanted to in racing and has enough money to retire and spend the rest of his life with his family, so that’s probably what he’s going to do.
Odd to see him going so quickly. Though it might pave the way to Pedrosa finally achieving something, if he ever stays up his bike and doesn’t crash out…
No! He’s the only reason I watch MotoGP! I hope he can bow out on a high!
@fer-no65 It depends on who replaces Stoner. If Honda can get the rookie rule scrapped, Marc Marquez will take it. But if Dorna can get their way, we may well see Honda reuniting with Valentino Rossi. Neither will be an easy rival for Pedrosa.
Even though I don’t like him, it is a shame to hear about this. At least it is one less competitor for Pedrosa, I’ve been waiting ages to see him win a world championship.
This is such a shame. MotoGP has so few riders to begin with, and now we’ll have one less champion in the field.
I’ll be sad to see him go, as @the_pretender says, he has a brilliant riding style, he’s a bit like the Hamilton of motoGP (great on track, not so great in a press conference). He has been struggling with health problems so it’s not that big of a shock, I guess Simoncelli’s death last year and his new baby made him rethink his career too.
Wow, he’s not pulling his punches either:
I don’t have the passion for it and so at this time it’s better if I retire now.
There are a lot of things that have disappointed me, and also a lot of things I have loved about this sport, but unfortunately the balance has gone in the wrong direction.
And so, basically, we won’t be continuing any more. It would be nice if I could say I would stay one more year, but then where does it stop? So we decided to finish everything as we are now.
That’s a real pity. Stoner undoubtedly is a great talent, he could achieve much more in the future if he stays.
However, I realise MotoGP isn’t a sport for “old” like F1 is, and it’s also much more dangerous. Better quit while still physically fine rather than risking your life every weekend, particularly if you have no longer the passion.
To be honest I don’t know how someone so young can lose the passion for what he’s been doing all life, right when he reached the pinnacle of the two-wheels motorsport and when he was achieving such great success.
This however looks like a mature decision by a husband and a father. After all, Gilles Villeneuve was the same but he was stripped of his future life in his family by being in Formula 1. Stoner probably realised his family is more important than racing and that the risk was too high to take, and I admire him for that.
Stoner probably realised his family is more important than racing and that the risk was too high to take, and I admire him for that.
Apparently it didn’t have a huge baring;
“Also the birth of my little girl had nothing to do with this. It had a small part in making the decision easier but by no means is it the reason why I made this decision.”
It really seems as if he’s just unhappy with the direction MotoGP is taking – closer to Superbikes.
Will be a big loss for MotoGP.
?Has he been secretly testing an F1 car? ;)
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