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Old Jul 23rd 2013, 06:44 PM   #71
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Dean Adams at Superbikeplanet.com apparently hates Stoner and has a scathing analysis of Stoner's sudden re-involvement in the paddock. He does make a good point (http://superbikeplanet.com/2013/Jul/130722a.htm) . You can skip to the bold part for the punchline:

"There were rumors all weekend at Laguna Seca of a rider shake up hitting the Honda's MotoGP program. Most believed that might manifest as either Stefan Bradl or Alvaro Bautista losing their rides for 2014, and Cal Crutchlow being drafted into that open position.

Seems the news was a little bigger than that.

HRC is set to announce that former world champion Casey Stoner will begin testing the 2014 RC213V and also the 213V customer bike in coming weeks.

It's unclear why Stoner is doing this. His recent statements about racing were that he is doing too much of it (he's racing cars in Australia) and he wants to spend even more time at home next year. Now he may be testing the RC as many as four times and is rumored to be mulling a wild card ride in 2013.

Just last season Stoner said he would not return to MotoGP racing unless "a lot of things changed".

Clearly very little has changed.

There are still massive press commitments for all factory riders, and fans who want autographs, two things that grated Stoner when he rode. Also, the travel schedule is still just as long and grueling and only goes to his native Australia once. What's more, production based CRT--a major reason Stoner said he was retiring "it's not a prototype championship any more" still exists.

Sure, he's a great rider but how sharknado would Stoner have went if he ran into lapped traffic yesterday at Laguna Seca without any waving blue flags like Marquez, Bradl and Rossi did? He probably would have retired on the spot.

None of the factors that Casey Stoner cited as reasons for retiring have changed. The only thing that has changed is that there is a young kid on the Honda now who doesn't mind signing autographs, spending time with fans and sponsors and is rocket fast on the bike. He looks set to re-write the record books. Because of this not many people talk about Casey Stoner these days. That's the only thing that has changed."

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Old Jul 24th 2013, 07:40 PM   #72
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I agree entirely. Stoner is a whiner. He should keep his word and stay out of the sport. He is the Lleyton Hewitt of motorcycle racing!!

But - if he is getting his fix pf riding, which he obviously still enjoys, can contribute something back on the side by utilising his obvious talents, positively, by helping development of the factory AND customer bikes, which MIGHT help the sport overall, then perhaps that is a good thing. Right?
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Originally Posted by Soz View Post
I agree entirely. Stoner is a whiner. He should keep his word and stay out of the sport. He is the Lleyton Hewitt of motorcycle racing!!

But - if he is getting his fix pf riding, which he obviously still enjoys, can contribute something back on the side by utilising his obvious talents, positively, by helping development of the factory AND customer bikes, which MIGHT help the sport overall, then perhaps that is a good thing. Right?
Right, but you're giving Stoner too much credit now!
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Old Jul 24th 2013, 08:30 PM   #74
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For what and why?
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Old Jul 24th 2013, 08:38 PM   #75
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Stoner is going to be Stoner, he'll find something to complain about. We live in a world that's not perfect but what gives?!?!?!?! We just have to make the best of it.

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Old Jul 24th 2013, 08:50 PM   #76
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Stoner is going to Stoner, he'll find something to complain about. We live in a world that's not perfect but what gives?!?!?!?! We just have to make the best of it.
I think that's kind of what I said....
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I personally wish Stoner would have stayed so Marky Mark could beat him, but it's worth not having to hear, see or listen to him the way it is now.

I'd be happy if he drops off the radar completely. He gives motorcycle racers a bad name.

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This thread reminds me of all the street protesters regarding the Trayvon Martin case: enraged on poor information basking in their false competence.

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Thats nice and what do you think Trayvon should have copped?
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