Stoner Announces MotoGP Retirement
Casey Stoner News
Two-time MotoGP Champion Casey Stoner made a huge announcement Thursday afternoon at the press conference ahead of Le Mans MotoGP – he is retiring.
The Repsol Honda rider of Australia says he will retire following the 2012 MotoGP Championship, and will “go forward with different things.”
Casey Stoner (Repsol Honda RC213V MotoGP) says: “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.
“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.”
The 26-year-old Stoner, the reigning MotoGP Champion, has been completely dominate since leaving Ducati and joining Repsol Honda for 2011.
Last season alone he was on the podium 16 times, including 10 wins, and has continued this trend in 2012, Stoner winning the last two rounds at Jerez and Estoril. He currently leads the 2012 Championship by one point over his rival, the 2010 MotoGP Champion Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha Factory Racing).
Casey Stoner: By the Numbers:
- Victories in 2011:10
- Victories in 2012: 2 (after three of 18 rounds)
- Poles positions in 2011: 12
- Pole positions in 2012: 1
- Podiums in 2011: 16
- First race: 1989 (Started in dirt track and longtrack).
- First Grand Prix: 2001 British GP (125cc)
- First Pole position: 2003 Italian GP (125cc)
- First fastest lap: 2003 Catalunya GP (125cc)
- First podium: 2003 German GP (125cc)
- First victory: 2003 Valencia GP (125cc)
- World Championships: 2 (MotoGP in 2007 and 2011)
- Total Grand Prix: 164 (30 in 125cc, 31 in 250cc and 103 in MotoGP)
- Poles: 39 (2 in 125cc, 2 in 250cc and 35 in MotoGP)
- Podiums: 82 (10 in 125cc, 10 in 250cc and 62 in MotoGP)
- Victories: 42 (2 in 125cc, 5 in 250cc and 35 in MotoGP)