Stoner Speaks Out: "I Was Doing Something I Hated"

Casey Stoner has finally spoken out on his forced absence from the MotoGP paddock. In an exclusive interview with the Italian magazine MotoSprint, he spoke of his frustration at not being able to ride the the best of his ability, about his illness and about his recovery. The authoratitive website Autosport.com has a comprehensive summary of the interview in English, in which Stoner had some very interesting things to say about his condition.

Stoner had felt forced to stop racing after he was no longer recovering from the draining effort that racing a MotoGP bike for 45 minutes requires. That difficulty almost drove the Australian to despair, and forcing him to rethink what he was doing. "At one point I started having a bad feeling: I felt vulnerable, and I found myself in the position of someone doing something he hates. It's like finding yourself doing a job you can't stand, but that you have to do anyway," he told MotoSprint. The worst thing for Stoner was the feeling that however hard he felt he was trying, he was incapable of competing. He knew that he was able to match the speed of his rivals, but he simply could not sustain it for long enough, ending up off the podium at races he felt he should be able to win.

The Australian is now on the road to recovery, however. According to MotoSprint, Stoner has changed his diet and his training regime, and initial results seemed to show it is paying off. According to Stoner's father and manager Colin, Stoner is recovering more quickly from training, and should be able to return to racing at Estoril, as planned.

When asked for the cause of the problems, Casey Stoner pointed to the effort it takes to compete at this level, and the willingness of athletes at the very pinnacle of their sport to push themselves beyond their own physical boundaries. "I'm certainly not the first athlete to do that," he told MotoSprint. "I have got to the point that I need rest, because the fatigue has become too much to recover as quickly as it should."

Stoner believes that a break was his only option. He spoke of "detaching himself from racing" as the only option for recovery, as the stress of competing while still unwell was making it impossible for him to get back to being competitive. Now that he has taken a complete break, however, he should soon be back, and ready to compete at the very front again.  "I haven't lost my love for bikes and racing," he said. "And neither for Ducati. My plan is to return to racing as soon as I get my energy back."

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That ducati seat is a big questionmark if stoner doesn't return.

My problem with this whole affair is we never actually heard a doctor give a real diagnosis. Everything has been laundered through the ducati PR machine and stoner and suppo.

All we really know for sure is that stoner had to get out of dodge and did it without talking to ducati first:

This has to mean that either he had a bad falling out with ducati (possible) or that his condition was bad to the point of panic.

I will continue to stand by my belief that casey is suffering from an anxiety condition brought about by a combination of chemical and psychosomatic elements. The pattern is all too familiar and only reinforced after I read (here) about his bizarre diet. Sudden exhaustion, retching, a violent need to get away from the real/imagined causes, the inability of doctors to nail down the ailement. The good news is that once casey accepts this as a possibility (which takes some introspection and open mindedness) it's actually quite easy to treat, even if just the symptoms are targetted at first.

Or he's just got a virus that 3 months of testing haven't uncovered. Ya, right. Problem is it's hard for people, especially men, especially physically exceptional men, to accept this; both individually and by those around him.

~j

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This is a good opportunity for Big Pharmaceutical Money to come in and take the place of Big Tobacco Money.

Total votes: 164

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Pharmaceuticals...too good. It's not a bad idea, though. That may be the next wave of sponsorship...big tobacco is out, so bring in something that--unlike tobacco--is TOTALLY HARMLESS: BIG PHARMA! Makes sense. Maybe if Moto GP gets too hard up for sponsorship, they can bring in Viagra, Levitra, Cialis, and the like.
(The ads would likely be something like:

"G'day. Ahm Casey STOE-na. Yeh, well, umm...someTA-imes, ah da-on't feel la-ike ma-ee-silf, but ah-ee kin be riddy f' the nixt ra-ece with Peck-sil."

or maybe...

"Een frahnce, we 'ave no yoose foh(r) zee "Vee-ag-hra" ohr zee "See-all-ees", becoze we ahr--ah, how yu say?--Frahnce ees zee hrole moe-del fohr hromance een ahl zee werld. Tek eet frome me: HRandy de Puniet.")

At least it would get the sponsorship dollars up...

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I agree with popmonkey about the anxiety condition. Being under pressure can cause a case of nerves, i know because when i first learnt to drive i was a nervous wreck and vomited and could not eat for two days. No doctor would have been able to diagnose any illness.
The million dollar ? is what is causing Stoner's anxiety. No clear answers are forthcoming but if it is something to do with the track and racing then the problem will still be there when he returns. Hope he can come back strong, gonna enjoy Rossi beating him.

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Why can't this just be a physical issue? I've seen some photos of him after the last few races and he did not look good. If he got a bug and never really recovered it is easy to imagine a human body not able to perform at the level of a motogp champion until it is allowed to properly recover. We're so used to racers riding with broken bones (actually relatively easy injuries to deal with) and painkiller injections that maybe it is our perspective that is wrong when a rider decides that to fully heal he needs to take time off and we say no, its actually he can't take the pressure and cracked. Casey wants to win and maybe he realized that would not happen until he fully recovered. 3rd or 4th was not good enough for him and would only prolong whatever is not right with him, possibly making it worse. The GP paddock is a circus tent in a pressure cooker, not really a nice low stress environment to recover. As non-GP-PC as it is, getting away for a bit was maybe the smartest thing he's done.

He seems pretty clear in the interview that his priorities are to get back into winning form and then to resume winning. No mystery psycho-babble there.

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And I, too, agree that you could ABSOLUTELY be right! No question about it.

I am enjoying the madness and great posts surrounding it, though...truly fantastic stuff...

C'mon, Casey! Get your wormy carcass back to the grid! We miss you!!!

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You are leaving out the clear signs indicating an alien abduction.

I can't quite believe that people expect physicians to make statements regarding someones health problems and that they have no problem accepting unfounded rumor as fact to fuel their own spin. No wonder people hide from their fans.

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Randy DePuniet has already outed the four aliens on the grid.

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You see, right there is a clear example of what Brookespeed is talking about. RdP has said on the record that he has never called the top four guys 'aliens' and has no idea where that story came from.

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Roswell all over again. RdP probably doesn't want to end up in a ditch somewhere.

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So where's Stoner's personal trainer in all this? He has got a personal trainer, right?

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... suggestion is effing brilliant. That seems precisely where new sponsorship money should be coming from.

I only wish I'd thought of it first.

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"It's like finding yourself doing a job you can't stand, but that you have to do anyway,"

.... Like millions of people do every day on a fraction of the pay Casey!

I DO truely hope that the Autosport interview is just a case of bad translation, as it makes Casey look like a spoiled little brat. I'm sure it is not correct, as this comes across as the attitude of a prima dona, no matter what the problem is. He was getting podiums for gawd's sake, it's not as if he was outside the top 10... I am not anti-Stoner, I think the lad is genius on that Ducati, but just because you are not 100% fit you sit it out for 3 rounds without consulting the team or sponsers?

Doohan would have stuck it out! Lorenzo did last year and people respected him for it...

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Not a mis-translation at all, simply a mis-interpretation on your part. Stoner is not whinging about having to race a bike, he is simply making the point that he loves what he does for a living, and recently that love had gone away.

Some people have trouble dealing with it, but Stoner says what's on his mind - if it's positive he'll say it, and if it's negative he won't hide the fact. It's ironic that you (and many others) are quite ok with whinging about Stoner and his human frailty, but of course when *you* say it, it's not whinging, right?

As for Doohan and Lorenzo, did exactly the same thing happen to them? I don't recall Doohan being nauseous/feverish for three races running, I suppose Lorenzo may have been but we couldn't tell because there's no cameras in the on-track medical centre.

Just released Australian article on Stoner, with the usual speculation, expert commentary and tabloid-ish final sentence:

http://www.smh.com.au/news/sport/motorsport/stoner-heads-north-career-go...

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hmmm, I am not going to get involved in a slanging match, this site is the wrong place, but your arrogant reply ain't appreciated...

"mis-interpretation"? Try opinion mate! Just because my view is different to yours does not make it a mis-interpretation, it is an opinion on my part, a condescention on yours...

"he is simply making the point that he loves what he does for a living, and recently that love had gone away."

So what? Because "the love has gone away" that gives the man the right to sit out with no regard to anybody else? Team, sponsers etc?

"Some people have trouble dealing with it, but Stoner says what's on his mind" - So does Colin Edwards, but for some reason, people respect him a lot more... why do you think that is? Really!

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Fair enough Holes, on re-reading my comment it does come across as a bit harsh. I apologise. I'm just a bit tired of the Stoner bashing, but I agree that your comments aren't unfair or biased.

Sorry to everyone else as well for lowering the tone of the place, it deserves better.

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It takes a great deal of courage and dignity to go back, examine your words and admit that you may have gone a little too far. I salute you, The Phantom, and am proud to have someone of your grace and intelligence reading and commenting here. Is there a "tip of the hat" smiley somewhere? 

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I, too, "tip" and "smile".

I had to do it once. Been there, done that, still have the barbie-doll-size clothes--which were the only clothes small enough for me to wear afterwards--on my mantel above my fireplace.

For what it's worth, you have my respect. Plain and simple.

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"It's like finding yourself doing a job you can't stand, but that you have to do anyway..."

Trade ya Casey. Give me a ring and we can work out details.

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I understand the sentiment, but chances are, the potential that you could die if you screw up at work are likely pretty low.

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It's not like as an adult, he decided to be a racer. Maybe his goals have changed since age 6 or whenever he started?

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Wow, for Capriossi to say what he did to RoadRacingWorld.com blows my mind!
Ducati still can't see it is their fault? They wanted Loris back?
FIX THE BIKE GUYS! Perhaps Loris was part of that plan?

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I am suprised that no one has mentioned Aaron Slight (a much harder bloke than Casey for sure). But, MRIs are so common these days. And if crossed blood vessels were the problem, I would hope they would have detected that by now.

Total votes: 157

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SCORE TWO FOR THE GUY IN THE RUMERZ.COM-COLORED SHIRT!

1) Randy de Puniet's quote. Aliens. Funny. SO simple, yet maddeningly good. Dang it.

and...

2) Pharmaceuticals...too good. It's not a bad idea, though. That may be the next wave of sponsorship...big tobacco is out, so bring in something that--unlike tobacco--is TOTALLY HARMLESS: BIG PHARMA! Makes sense. Maybe if Moto GP gets too hard up for sponsorship, they can bring in Viagra, Levitra, Cialis, and the like.
(The ads would likely be something like:

"G'day. Ahm Casey STOE-na. Yeh, well, umm...someTA-imes, ah da-on't feel la-ike ma-ee-silf, but ah-ee kin be riddy f' the nixt ra-ece with Peck-sil."

or maybe...

"Een frahnce, we 'ave no yoose foh(r) zee "Vee-ag-hra" ohr zee "See-all-ees", becoze we ahr--ah, how yu say?--Frahnce ees zee hrole moe-del fohr hromance een ahl zee werld. Tek eet frome me: HRandy de Puniet.")

At least it would get the sponsorship dollars up...

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Total votes: 153

G'dday Crimson Tide

Had to join to say "Thanks for a Great Laff!!" The vision you put in me head, made me burst out laughing. I also concur with your viewpoint. Let's have Casey back racing as soon as . . . the racing needs him there. Hopefully, he's getting what he needs to turn out healthy. Going walkabout is no bad thing, he could well come back stronger.

Liked the movie, have the music.
Thanks again for a great belly laugh.
Cheers
Jetwax

Total votes: 142

Thank you very, VERY much for your kind comments. I really appreciate it!

SOMEBODY found me funny! Now I feel like I've had my 15 nanoseconds of fame... :) (roll "Rocky" theme song...)

Anyway...

I'm EVER so glad that you understood that I meant absolutely NO pointed comments or disrespect to ANY of the riders. I just found myself able to--after some trial and error--make an attempt at spelling their accents, including how they start interviews.

For example:

1) Hopper always kicks off with, "Yeah, definitely", thought it always comes out as, "yeahdefinitely".

2) Rossi starts with, "YES,...", or, "YEZ,...".

3) Casey starts with, "Yeah, well, um...", or, "Yeh-will-um..."

I spend most of my time here--99.5%, or so--being amazed by others' grasp of this great sport, as well as pouting because I can't EVER be as funny or insightful as some of the guys here. I don't know where that one came from, but it was an inspired moment. Perhaps I owe it to the fact that every other commercial here in Texas is a pharmaceutical ad shilling some way or means to ease depression/anxiety and/or bring about some serious growth in your...uh...social life. (And I'm not even gonna mention N*SCAR and their Viagra car...)

Many thanks to my "pommyland" wife for teaching me what "going walkabout" means (there's no end to what I learn here on MGPM).

Now, I shall resume my overly-passionate, wide-eyed-with-wonder, green-with-envy-at-the-intellect-and-humo(u)r-of-the-other-guys-here, funny-as-drying-paint existence...

Now...CASEY!!! YOU, THERE!!! BACK ON THE BIKE!!! WE MISS YOU!!!

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I'm a fan of pretty much everyone except for John Hopkins. I read in a tabloid once his gal punched him in the face, and then he chased off after her instead of racing.

Total votes: 131

Stoner has always seemed an honest and likable guy to me. And his competitive results speak for themselves (also for the quality and potential of the bike, despite what some people may say). I think he's very important to MotoGP right now, and his absence has thrown a bucket of cold water on the battle for the championship this year -- while watching Lorenzo challenge Rossi is not exactly the same as watching Serena play Venus, it's just not the same as seeing Casey fighting up there for the poll and the win. I hope he comes back soon, fit and ready to race.

Total votes: 157