World Champs show concern for sickly Stoner

Schwantz, Hayden and Rossi speak out on absence of ailing Australian

By Visordown News on Tue, 18 Aug 2009 - 11:08

FORMER 500cc World Champion Kevin Schwantz has given his opinion on the mystery illness that blights ex-MotoGP World Champ Casey Stoner.

Speaking about Stoner's absence from the Czech GP, Schwantz said: “I think he should try to work through it. I don’t know the true analysis of what’s wrong, and if racing would make it critical to his health. But … we’re in the middle of the championship.”

He continued: “You need to back up and have fun. Even in an office job you can get stressed enough to drive yourself to illness. That’s why we race Friday, Saturday and Sunday – you get the rest of the week, and the whole winter, to prepare for it. The stress load is high … but then again you’re also having fun. Racing a motorcycle for a living sure beats an office job.”

Stoner's team-mate Nicky Hayden said: “It seems bizarre. I don’t know exactly what he’s going through. I just hope he gets right.”

Reigning MotoGP World Champion Valentino Rossi, also had words on the Aussie's absence:

“It’s bad for everyone – for MotoGP, and the races. It’s bad for Ducati for sure. We had some good battles before and also this year, but personally, it doesn’t change a lot for me. But I wonder how he will feel at 2pm on Sunday, watching the race on TV. For sure it is difficult at the top level of MotoGP, especially for an Australian, who is away from his home and his friends and his family. My advice is to come back as soon as possible. These bikes are difficult to ride to the limit, and it is difficult to stay away, and difficult to recover the gap.”


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