Honda Press Release On Casey Stoner's Retirement

Below is the official press release from Honda on Casey Stoner's retirement:


STONER ANNOUNCES HE IS TO RETIRE AT THE END OF 2012

Reigning MotoGP World Champion and 2012 points leader Casey Stoner stunned the MotoGP paddock at Le Mans this afternoon when he announced his retirement. The 26-year-old will stop racing motorcycles at the end of this season.

The Repsol Honda rider cited personal reasons for his decision, as well as suggesting that MotoGP’s new direction – with the introduction of lower-cost and lower-performance CRT machines for some riders – also played a part.

“This has come after a long time of thinking and talking with my family and my wife,” he said. “It’s been coming for a couple of years now. At the end of this season I will finish my career in MotoGP and follow different things in my life. After so many years of doing the sport I love, for which myself and my family have made so many sacrifices, this sport has changed a lot and it’s changed to the point where I’m not enjoying it. I don’t have the passion for it, so it’s better if I retire now. It’d be nice if I could say I’ll stay one more year but then when does it stop, so we decided to finish.

“My decision isn’t going to change anything this season. We still want to win races and we’ll still put in 110 per cent of effort and maybe even more

“I’ve been watching this championship for a long time and it’s easy to see what works and what doesn’t.

“There are many, many different reasons but basically it’s me losing my passion for the racing and my enjoyment for the sport. Sure, I’m going to enjoy this year but I’m sure if I continue it would be a mistake.

“There’s many things I’d like to do with my life. I don’t want to keep racing bikes to the point where I lose my passion for motorcycles. I love bikes, they’ve been my whole life, and if I keep doing this I’m afraid I’ll completely lose my passion. Maybe I’ll still have some involvement in the sport, if I can find the energy, to maybe help some young riders, things like that.

“We’ve had a great career, we’ve had some fantastic races and I feel even after my first championship in 2007 I’d already reached my goal. This was my dream: to be World Champion. It’s been a difficult up and down road but a fantastic one. I won’t have any regrets.”

The Australian started racing in dirt track competition when he was four-years-old. A multiple state and local champion, his family moved to Britain when he was 14 so he could start racing on tarmac. He won a British roadrace title at his first attempt – in 2000 – and made his Grand Prix debut in the 250cc class in 2002, when he was 16 years old. He won five 250 GP victories and two 125 GP victories before graduating to MotoGP in 2006, with LCR Honda. The following year he won his first MotoGP victory and the world title with Ducati. He has won 35 races in the premier class.

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They can't. Rules expressly forbid a rookie to get straight on a full factory bike.

I thought the rule was that a rook couldnt join an official factory team, not that they couldnt ride the full spec bike? For example Spies was on a full spec bike after Rossi's crash and Simoncelli was contracted to HRC for both his seasons in MotoGP

IMO if Marquez will do well in MotoGP, he will do so regardless of factory team/bike whatever. I reference the recent performance of one Cal Crutchlow...

One user on visordown.com came up with a funny comment:

Rossi to Stoner: "Your talent outweighs your ambition." :D
Too bad, I thought he may go to Yamaha and be the first rider to win with every factory.

this is hondas press release? our you sure? it looks like everyone's else

Motorcycling is loosing a very big tallent in casey and the series should take a good long hard look at itself

Okay, so they can't put Marc Marquez onto the factory bike in his rookie year.... Darn. He does look good in the Repsol colours!

Cal Crutchlow would be a pretty good bet, I reckon. He might not be the most consistent bloke, but he's definitely a charger and with the ultimate MotoGP team backing him (an over-exaggeration? I'm not entirely sure. Honda certainly seems to be the best of the best...) he could be a winner for sure.

Dovi will never go back to Honda after losing his contract last year. And I am 100% sure that Jorge will not leave Yamaha. Spies? Well, if he doesn't step it up, he might just lose his factory ride to Crutchlow and I doubt that Honda will take him on after that...

Rossi on a Honda could be a lethal combination, especially if the Ducati is as utterly riddled with problems as everyone claims. But I'm not sure that Honda will sign him up - there's always a risk that the main trouble sits with Vale and not the bike after all.

What about Bradley Smith? Isn't he moving up to MotoGP next year? Oh, but I think he's aiming for a Tech3 ride...and he's a rookie like Marquez.... Never mind.

Here's a likely proposition: move Alvaro off the San Carlo Honda and onto the factory squad, while Marquez moves up from Moto2 to take Alvaro's place. A definite possibility, I think.

Just my thoughts. You are entitled to disagree.