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Old 05-17-2012, 08:58 AM   #1
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Stoner is retiring after this season
This is nuts. I totally understand though. Motogp is falling apart and he is rich enough to live out the rest of his life.


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Reigning MotoGP™ World Champion Casey Stoner confirmed on Thursday that he would retire from the sport at the end of the 2012 season.

The Repsol Honda rider addressed the media at the start of the official pre-event press conference for the Monster Energy Grand Prix de France, making a short statement in which he outlined the reasons behind his decision.

“After a long time thinking, a lot of time talking with my family and my wife, this has been coming for a couple of years now but at the end of this 2012 season I will be not racing in the 2013 Championship. I will be finishing my career at the end of this season in MotoGP, and go forward in different things in my life,” Stoner told the assembled press.

“After so many years of doing this sport which I love, and which myself and my family made so many sacrifices for, after so many years of trying to get to where we have gotten to at this point, this sport has changed a lot and it has changed to the point where I am not enjoying it. I don't have the passion for it and so at this time it's better if I retire now.

“There are a lot of things that have disappointed me, and also a lot of things I have loved about this sport, but unfortunately the balance has gone in the wrong direction. And so, basically, we won't be continuing any more. It would be nice if I could say I would stay one more year, but then where does it stop? So we decided to finish everything as we are now.”

Stoner, who won the 2007 MotoGP™ with Ducati and the 2011 crown with Honda, currently leads the 2012 standings by a single point ahead of Jorge Lorenzo heading into this weekend's fourth round.
-taken from Motogp.com

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Old 05-17-2012, 09:15 AM   #2
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Stoner To Retire Rumors?

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Old 05-17-2012, 09:22 AM   #3
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Good on him. GP has been going down hill for a while now. I don't blame him at all. Before all the anti Stoner fanbois pipe in, I'd like to preempt you with a "STFU".

That is all.

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Old 05-17-2012, 09:29 AM   #4
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Least he knows when to quit. Rossi will milk it until grey chest hairs are popping out of his Dainese one piece. Fucking guido.

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Old 05-17-2012, 01:32 PM   #5
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Walking away while he can still walk! Can't blame him.

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Old 05-17-2012, 01:56 PM   #6
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Good on him. GP has been going down hill for a while now. I don't blame him at all. Before all the anti Stoner fanbois pipe in, I'd like to preempt you with a "STFU".

That is all.
This actually makes me like the guy a bit more if he follows through with it.

Going to spend more time with family and preserve health over millions and millions of dollars? That's a respectable move

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Old 05-17-2012, 01:59 PM   #7
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Wow, for reals this time!

Good on him as MotoGP is degenerating in a most boring manner. He is the most exciting person to watch riding a bike today.

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