Angry Stoner lashes out at MotoGP

MotoGP's got to make a lot of changes according to the former world champ

Posted: 28 June 2010
by Ben Cope

CASEY Stoner has hit out at MotoGP following the Assen race, slamming the grid sizes and calling Yamaha's replacement for Rossi 'a joke'.

The fiery Aussie known for speaking his mind has told reporters that Yamaha's decision to replace the injured Rossi with Wataru Yoshikawa is 'atrocious'. Stoner claims Yamaha should have 'put anybody in that seat, but not a nobody'. Nicely put, Casey.

Ducati's world champ went on to say that grid sizes in MotoGP are 'a joke'. Former MotoGP rider, Toni Elias has also hit out at Moto2, calling it too dangerous.

Stoner's fix? Make the manufacturers, including Suzuki, field more bikes.

Dorna are aiming for 22 bikes on the grid in 2011, but this isn't enough according to Stoner, who went on to say: "They need more bikes on the grid. Suzuki need to be forced to put four bikes on the grid.They’ve got enough money, they’ve got enough chassis.

"It’s just ridiculous, it should be a minimum of four. I don’t understand why companies don’t put last year’s bikes out there like they used to. Put more bikes on the grid, make more opportunities for teams.

"I’m sure there’s a way they can sort it out to run last year’s bikes, then smaller teams can grab a hold. It’s always been like that for years, but now it just seems to have disappeared.

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He is completely right about Yoshikawa, it's an insult to all fans to put him on the grid. He's 42 years old and won the All Japan Superbike in 94 and 99, did bad in WSBK and Wildcard GP entry's. So, why this move? Money, ladies and gentlemen. Yamaha HAS to put a rider in because of the Dorna contracts. Now Yoshikawa can join Akiyoshi and fight for the trophy of being lapped first. In a field of just 15 guys there are 2 being lapped on a 4,5 km long track. How sad is that.

Please note: this is how Yamaha think they can treat their racing fans. To them it's not a sport, to them its just one of their marketing tools.

Posted: 28/06/2010 at 14:11

i thnk stoner is worried about his contract 4 nxt year......if he drives like in the previous races he wil not have any major contracts and is worried abt it.....


Posted: 28/06/2010 at 14:22

i agree with the previous1...

Posted: 28/06/2010 at 14:26

Something needs to happen.  You only need look at how explosively successful Moto2 has been already - or even World Superbike - to see that the top tier needs a good, firm kick up the arse.

It's clearly too expensive in its current state, and is dying a slow, painful death as a result. It's not going to last much longer if Dorna don't recognise this, accept it, and do something brave to change it over the next couple of seasons.

Posted: 28/06/2010 at 14:37

I agree too

Good that Stoner has spoken out - MotoGP needs a major overhaul!



Posted: 28/06/2010 at 15:11

Well done CASEY you must have been thinking what i was.The history that is steeped at the DUTCH TT was marred on saturday by the worst ever race i have seen.How Lorenzo could sit there and say it was difficult at the start (YEAH RIGHT UNTIL YOU OPENED THE THROTTLE)l will never know.How Moody Ryder,Charlie and STAVRO.Could sit there trying to make the UNEXCITABLE excitable.Well it was a joke.Acouple more rounds like that and the tele is off to MOTO GP T he world premier event.Oh and by the way FIELDED by the usual.Italiens,Spanish and Americans.It looked like the line up at the start was they were starting off on a track day.Roll on BSB WSB AND A PROPER TT WAS AT THE ISLE OF MAN.If hutch does not get some sort of recognition by the Queen for winning every race he was in at the TT then it stinks.MOTO GP STINKS AND IT IS GETTING WORSE BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO  

Posted: 28/06/2010 at 16:02

Well spocken stoner, i have to agree moto gp used to exciting and great to watch, but now its getting as bad as F1 , why have we not got british or N,Irish riders out there, the talent we have is second to none .

 There is nothing to stop us from putting a couple of good teams together and keep them an all british moto GP team , Ime sure there would be riders champing at the bit to get a ride at the so called best in the world,,

  Me myself think world superbikes and the british superbikes are the best in the world right down to the 125s allways brill racing .

Posted: 28/06/2010 at 17:14

I went to Silverstone the other week. It will be the last time I go to MotoGP. For years I went to superbike and swapped to GP's in the late 90's. At silverstone you got to see 5 secs of blikes going past and nearly 2 minutes waiting, mostly in silence, for them to come back past. You can't even hear them around the track. Really boring and at over £100 each not worth it. Until they go back to Donnington I wont be going again. I will be going to supperbike again though - brand hatch here I come

Posted: 28/06/2010 at 17:29

MotoGP has become almost wholly reliant on one man, Valentino Rossi, the lack of his presence has detracted a number of people I know from watching the sport. IT SHOULD NOT BE LIKE THIS!

MotoGP was a close, interesting and personality fuelled racing class, as of late, poor riders, financial struggles and a lack of excitement has lost the sport a lot of fans

I for one watch every race in some shape or form, I love racing, however even now I am wondering where the competition and improvements will come from.

Posted: 28/06/2010 at 17:46

If they want  a bigger grid number, go back to 999cc, get rid of all the  expensive electronics and allow the best riders to shine.  Reducing the cost of running teams has worked for the F1 grid.

Posted: 28/06/2010 at 18:18

Well done Stoner, you're spot on mate things need to change and fast.  As for Yamaha.. they need to learn a thing or two about respect.

Posted: 28/06/2010 at 19:50

Not subtle - and you wonder why he's saying it but . . . he's absolutely right about the size of the grid.

Basically they shouldn't call it a 'world champioship' if they can't rustle up more than say two dozen bikes.

The irony being that there is great racing going on in both the 125s and the new Moto2 classes and trying to get to SEE those races is a real challenge - MotoYawn headlines . . .

Competition = exciting races . . .  + lots of competitors = competition

Shhimples . . .

Posted: 28/06/2010 at 20:55

Im not realy a casey fan , but he is making sense on this issue as moto gp is falling on its ass . Bearing in mind these proto types arnt much quicker than the WSB bikes so it begs the question ( do they need to be as expensive ) .

Also who else thought ben spies was ridding rossi`s bike in tech 3 colours . when he finished 3rd lol. maybe it was just me lol .

Posted: 29/06/2010 at 00:09

"Also who else thought ben spies was ridding rossi`s bike in tech 3 colours . when he finished 3rd lol. maybe it was just me lol ."

I was thinking the exact same thing.

Moto gp has become a 3 manufacturer farce. Some of the riders who have come in over the last couple of years are simply not good either, and it should have NEVER been changed to 800cc.

The racing have become boring as well. I only turn it on to watch rossi and lorenzo.

Posted: 29/06/2010 at 00:33

Best racing in the world right now?  Moto2 - brilliant entertainment every week.

Posted: 29/06/2010 at 00:57

One can't be too hard on Yamaha for putting Yoshikawa on the bike simply because there aren't that many guys who could make a decent go at things on a Moto GP bike that aren't already employed elsewhere.  Yamaha offered the ride to Cal Crutchlow but he declined so that he could focus on WSBK.  Who knows if they made the offer to Toseland but other than him where could Yamaha go for a replacement rider?  Any rider who is quick in Moto2 can't race Moto GP the same weekend unless he wants to screw over his Moto2 team and his chances in the championship.

Maybe Yamaha could've taken Alex Barros, Jeremy McWilliams, or Garry McCoy out of mothballs but excepting that they just didn't have many options. 

I agree with Stoner about Yoshikawa being a nobody and all but who does he think Yamaha should've put on the bike? 

Posted: 29/06/2010 at 02:57

Personaly i'd hardly call the guy who help the lap record at Laguna Seca for several years and has won the Japanese Superbikes twice and been place in WSB and the Suzuka 8 hours a "nobody"

Posted: 08/07/2010 at 08:26

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