Reactions to Casey Stoner's retirement

The MotoGP paddock voices their opinions on Stoner's retirement bombshell

Posted: 21 May 2012
by Robin Goodwin

When the chequered flag drops at the end of the MotoGP race at Valencia on November 11th, Casey Stoner will walk away from the sport.

Announcing his retirement in the pre-race press conference at Le Mans, the two-time MotoGP champion cited that a lack of passion and enjoyment for the sport, along with new family commitments were the driving force behind his decision.

Since the introduction of CRT to the premier-class, of which the Australian is a harsh critic, he has become dissatisfied with the direction the sport is heading, believing that MotoGP should focus on prototype racing with the highest calibre of machines.

Despite his age, Stoner has been racing for the best part of his life. He started at only four-years-old, moved to Europe to contest the Aprilia Superteens at 14 and has been in Grand Prix racing since 2001.

In their pre-race coverage, the BBC grabbed a handful of Stoner's rivals and peers to get their thoughts on his bombshell decision to retire at the age of 26 and in the prime of his racing:

Dani Pedrosa:

It's a surprise because he's very young, the same age as me, and very talented. There is big pressure here, even though we are young we've been here a long time racing at the top. But at the end of the day you have to put everything on a balance and decide what's best for you. And maybe for him now, the balance is not right. I understand him and respect his decision, and I respect him because he has been great.

Jorge Lorenzo:

Casey is one of the strongest and one of the most talented riders in the history of motorcycle racing. For next year he won't be there so it's going to be a little easier all the other riders, for sure.

Valentino Rossi:

Yeah, it was a big surprise because personally I think he could have continued at a minimum for another season. It is a pity, especially for MotoGP, because we are losing a great rider.

Ben Spies:

You know I kinda saw it coming, I figured he might have another year left in him and if he retired this year I didn't think he'd announce it so early. He's got a family, a kid now, and the MotoGP championship is rough, even if you're single for travelling. He's got his family and he wants to have another life besides racing, that's fair play to him. That's what he wants and what he said he always wanted years ago. It doesn't really surprise me but it's a big shake up for the championship.

Shuhei Nakamoto, HRC vice president:

I tried to convince him to stay another year, but I couldn't. Maybe this is my fault.

Michael Schumacher:

He will have his reasons otherwise he wouldn't have decided for it and you've got to respect that. You give so much for your sport and then there's a moment that you think, 'that's it' and I knew when it was for me at the time but for him being so young he has the option obviously to not quit for the rest of his life, he can take a break, a sabbatical, and comeback.

What are your thoughts to Stoner's decision?

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Hopefully Casey can win the Moto GP title again this year and retire as champion. Going out at the top, if you can time it right, is the thing to do. Rather than slip down the order and retire as a has-been. One thing's for sure, he won't need to work again. Good luck to him.

Posted: 22/05/2012 at 11:47

Good riddance!
That whinging prima donna has done nothing but bitch about everything and everybody since he made it big.
I'll not be sorry to see the back of him.

Posted: 22/05/2012 at 13:53

Can't wait to see the back of him. Fine, leave but you don't need bash the entire sport. EVERY other rider deals with the things they don't like, it's part of life and just shows what a spoilt brat he is that he can't deal with it.

Good riddance you whingey little prick.

Posted: 22/05/2012 at 15:01

Let's see now, 'whingey little prig.' You two 'experts' must be talking about Dani Pedrosa, the king of excuses and ZERO Championships. Stoner, well let's see, two-time world champion, only guy who not only tamed the Rossi-busting Ducati but took a championship on it when NO ONE ELSE before or since could do squat on an 800cc Duc. Whine about what, the truth of a championship that's well on its way to becoming World Superbike Part Two. Silly me, I thought the Premier Class consisted of prototype motorcycles, just like F1 was prototype automobiles. The guy has no one to apologize to about wanting to retire on top of his game in a sport that de-volving, least of all to the likes of you two whose expertise is evidently only in the area of flowing excrement.

Posted: 23/05/2012 at 03:44

I think Stoners only fan is a bit upset.

Posted: 23/05/2012 at 10:43

Eddie, all the other riders have to deal with everything Stoner has to deal with. It's part of life that there will be aspects about your job you don't like. Does the entire world quit every time it doesn't get it's own way? He's a pouting child that deserves no respect for his actions, only for his riding. I would love to love the guy because he's a great rider. Unfortunately, as a human being, I don't respect him at all.

Like a said: Leave for family reasons - all good. Do it gracefully and be thankful for the sport that gave you your millions. Don't bash the sport and try and make out that it's the sport's fault for poor little diddums. EVERY other rider can and is dealing with it!!!

Posted: 23/05/2012 at 11:19

Well Maverick....."whingey little prick", "spoilt brat" you say. You could be right but you don't know him so equally you could be wrong. Your comment doesn't help anyone to understand the article, so better to leave out daft stuff like that, eh?


Your post is about the same help as your comments on university studies on traffic and bikes. And I say that like it's a bad thing.

Bits of your comments are ....OK....but this teenage abuse is pointless.

Posted: 23/05/2012 at 11:27

This is a forum for opinions. Fair enough about the name calling, I'm just passionate about the sport so I don't like to see people bash it. I think it's a fair point though that every rider has to deal with things they don't like, but they aren't quitting. Like I said, if he's going to retire I just thought it'd be more gracefully done; The sport has done a lot for him.

As for the comments on University studies. Take a joke, eh? Were the findings in the article news to you??

Teenage? "Hugh Jarse"? I'm guessing, you're just having a laugh though. Or were you trying to make a serious point?

Posted: 23/05/2012 at 12:23

Relax Mav!


Your pal Hugh.

Posted: 23/05/2012 at 14:23

Maverick Renegade- You call Casey spolied whingey little prick??????? Do you know him personally? You should really think before you speak your mind before it puts you in a bad place. Didn't your mother, father or foster parent teach you anything???!!!! The things you say are just horrible, try being a more opened minded person.


Posted: 23/05/2012 at 21:41

First off, James Mackie, that post makes you sound like a dick. Shut up and be open minded enough to let other people have their own opinions.

Secondly, to name but a few instances...Stoner saying he had lost respect for Rossi after his defeat at Laguna, Apparently not happy with Rossi's race tactics (Hard move by Rossi on Stoner at the Corkscrew). More likely, he wasn't happy because he got stuffed at the last corner & fell off in the gravel.
...Punching Randy de Puniet in the arm after he dared to get in his way during warm up at Le Mans.
...Karel Abraham accuses Stoner (During heated exhange it garage) of deliberately running into him during testing at Mugello to stop him getting a tow. (Wow, a rookie trying to get a tow of an experienced Gp rider, who ever heard of such a thing? Hector Barbera has made a career out of it for christs sake)
...Stoner gets boo'ed at the Day of Champions, Donington Park, after commenting that the British Fans give him no repsect. (Didnt anyone ever tell him that respect has to be earned?)
...And the best ever 'I'm going to regret saying this' moment has to be asking Rossi if 'his ambition outweighed his talent' after he took Stoner off at Jerez.
Did he actually just say that?...To NINE time world champion Valentino Rossi? (Yes he did...What a DICK)
Stoner has cultivated an awkard reputation for himself because of the way he acts and the stupid comments he makes about the other riders.
No-one, and as much as I hate to admit it, can fault his ability on a bike. As a rider, Stoner is amongst the elite, but as a person, he's done nothing for the sport.

Posted: 24/05/2012 at 09:39

All of the above and the added mention of an Aussie poster on here who said despite coming all the way to silverstone, Casey wouldn't even look his group's way, even though they were right next to him.. That's why I called him a whingey little prick.

Like I said above to my mate, Mr Jarse - sorry about the name calling, I was just angry at his bashing of the sport that's been so good to him. All he's proven is that he's the only person on the grid who can't deal with not getting his own way. EVERY other rider has gripes too. To me, these seem the actions of someone who is used to getting their own way.. i.e. spoilt..

Can I please edit my earlier statements to:

Whingey and little
Spoilt and Little

There we are, no name calling. We can all sleep easy in our burrows in the magical woods, happily ever after. :D

Posted: 24/05/2012 at 12:07

There was a very interesting article written by Toby Moody on Auto Sport about the whole scenario. If you can, I'd advise reading it.

Posted: 24/05/2012 at 12:45

I'd like to chuck my hat into this ring. I honestly think after Valencia we'll not hear anymore of Casey.

I also think that in the aforementioned Autosport article, Toby Moody has it right. If Casey could turn up at a track and get a car to drop him at the back of a garage and then whisk him away after the session's finished he'd be sticking around.

From what I can see, his attitude is "I'm paid to race bikes, I'm NOT paid to talk to the media, sign autographs or make chit chat with fans / media". Fair enough, partially, I'd agree with him. BUT, motorsport in general simply doesn't work that way. Don't think it has ever.

When all's said and done, the sponsors, and above all the FANS put an awful lot of money into these guys pockets. And we expect some interaction in return. Casey seems to think otherwise. OK, that's his view point, and he's perfectly entitled to it. Still doesn't stop the fact that everyone else has to do it. To a man, I'll bet that all drivers and riders in all forms of motorsport think the PR side of it's a pain in the arse. But they just get on with it.

The shame about all this is that in 10 years time, the only people that are going to remember just how good a rider he was are the hardcore fans. Everyone else is gonna be "you remember that aussie bloke who beat Valentino Rossi loads........what was his name"???

Maybe that's the way Casey wants it. So good luck to him.

Posted: 24/05/2012 at 13:27

I don"t think that anyone who follows Moto Gp would doubt Stoners ability on a bike,but in the world of celeb"s in motorsport or the music industry,or top class football the old addage is that "any publicity is good pulicity" .its in the news and fame follows .The general concensus of oppinion seems to be that our Ausie cousin has had a charisma by- pass..I wish him well but the season is only in the early stages and anything can happen ,Lorenzo is in good form as are many of the others and i don"t expect Stoner to have it all his own way(come on Cal)..  We all understand that it is a dangerous sport and i respect Stoners decision and the basis for that decision,family etc but to put it in perspective my son-in -law is in Afgan, front line,and our boys out there for a pitance,this is also a very dangerous place to be ,it is his chosen career, and he does"nt complain !

Posted: 24/05/2012 at 13:40

There is nothing that Casey Stoner has done in response to the actions of others on the track during races, qualifying, or whatever, that every other rider hasn't also done in times past. But, if they happen to be Rossi (mainly) or one of a select group of others, they get some sort of "pass" from some Brit fans; as if Rossi punching Biaggi post-race, or "marking his spot" on the grid with extra tyre rubber when he got busted for breaking qualifying rules, is all fine becuase Rossi is the GOAT so can do more. Yet, another rider complains or throws some toys and cops a load of grief for it.

Posted: 27/05/2012 at 20:08

what ever your 'personality' judgement is, you cant deny that the GP is the loser as he is an undoubted master racer. I dont see how you could be glad to not see him anymore without being a little bitchy yourself.

He called the GP world "...just a business, there's no passion around here".

Pagik have you got a link to that article you mentioned?

Posted: 28/05/2012 at 05:58

Lorenzo is laughing because he knows he's the second best and no one else is close but Pedrosa on a good day.

Posted: 28/05/2012 at 06:00

pyndman, here you are:

You might think it's a load of old tosh, but I think he's pretty much on the money.

Posted: 28/05/2012 at 14:36

I'm on the side oF the people who value Stoner's talent. Only Lorenzo and Rossi ( on the right bike) can get near him. For those od you who feel the need to post abusive comments, thanks for cheap entertainment.
I think the class is in the doldrums and will remain so unless they find a way of making proper prototype racing affordable enough to get full grids.
CRT may be the only viable future in which case, t hank heaven for moto 2 and 3.

Posted: 29/05/2012 at 08:27

It's his impersonable nature that's put him where he is. Unfortunately, nice guys seem to finish last in this sport, or at best mid pack.

He could have been yet another rider who came out and been in "development stage" for two years or tried to "find something in the off-season" or used any plethora of cliches that resign you to just making up the numbers and admiring the "aliens" from a distance. God love Colin Edwards, but that's loser talk.

Stoner came out and didn't buy it. He doesn't give a shit how many championships you've won - get out of the flippin' way. That this type of attitude in Moto GP is being canned is remarkable. Blokes like Cal Crutchlow would do well to adopt the mindset, or he could be finishing 5th for the rest of his life.

Posted: 31/05/2012 at 07:40

What did Stoner complain about again ? MotoGP changing the weight limit and tyres 2 weeks before season started after Honda had developed the bike. He was simply repeating what Honda management and everyone else thought.

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