Casey Stoner Doesn't Regret Retiring from MotoGP

Casey Stoner, his wife Adriana and daughter Ally 1 photo
Agreeing to share some info with BT Sports, MotoGP Legend Casey Stoner once more denied any plans to make a comeback to racing in the premier class. A very reserved and private person, Stoner added that he does not regret his decision, “not even for a second”. And to understand better what “private” means, we should mention that all the answers were offered in the shape of blogs!
The former World Champion specifically mentioned that he is aware that many of his fans and racing enthusiasts are still puzzled with his decision to pull out from MotoGP, but it’s up to them to cope with that. Stoner expresses his appreciation for all his supporters, team and paddock friends and admits he misses them at times, but the decision he made was for the better. “Just to be clear, it’s not that I don’t enjoy or appreciate my fans – I really do – but what many people don’t appreciate is that I’m an incredibly private person. My circle of friends and the people I trust is very limited, and I treasure them, but when I have to give interview after interview, especially with people who write negatively about me, it eats away at my soul,” Casey Stoner opens up.

Rumored to be a “reconnaissance” trip, Stoner’s presence at the MotoGP round in Austin, TX turned out to be only him wanting to meet with some friends and see how they were doing. Stoner tells how happy they all were to see each other: HRC VP Shuhei Nakamoto, team boss Livio Suppo, riding friends Dani Pedrosa, Jorge Lorenzo, Ben Spies and more.

There was no racing talk involved, but friendly discussions, followed by several days spent at Ben’s and then Easter in California with good friend Rhys Edwards. Even more, all this good time brought in peace and calmness, ”a bliss, without jumping on a plane every week,” as a relieved Stoner writes.

Racing- and HRC-related matters also popped up in Stoner’s account, and he says this year is going to be even more quiet and sabbatical. “I plan to have a relaxing winter here in Australia. I spend a bit of time with some of the V8 boys when they’re not at races and in general I’m just enjoying being at home with Ally and Adri. But for now, I’m happy to relax and not live out of a suitcase for the first time since I can remember.”

Still a gentleman, Stoner says that he spoke with both Nakamoto-San and Livio (Suppo) and that he is available for several test rides, in case they need him. That is, the testing days at Motegi which rain hampered altogether, preventing any outings and literally cancelling the tests: “I would like to do a test for them – if they need me to – out of goodwill, as last year many of my contracted test days were a wash out with bad weather, so I felt guilty for being paid not to ride.”

So Casey Stoner seems to be enjoying his life even more now that he’s through with V8 car racing as well, so it looks like we’re definitely not going to see him back to MotoGP. At least not in the next couple of years…

Via BT Sports
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