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Michael Guy  says:

Casey Stoner announces retirement

Repsol Honda rider Casey Stoner has announced that he will retire at the end of the 2012 season. The shock announcement was delivered to a packed press conference at Le Mans ahead of this weekend’s MotoGP round. The 26-year-old who was crowned World Champion in 2008 and 2011 currently leads the 2012 standings by one point from Jorge Lorenzo. Stoner cited numerous reasons...

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Hedgehog5

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Hedgehog5 says:

Such a shame...

... but he was never listened to at Ducati & now he's on a Honda that handles like a horse but as long as he's winning races it appears they're not bothered... he gets boo'ed when he wins & slated when he doesn't... he's racing the same 2 guys every week & the series is going downhill rapidly... can't see why he wants to leave really.

:blink:

Rumour is Ducati is offering him a wildcard ride at Qatar 2013 to prove it's not the bike... rumour also is Stoner's gonna ditch it if he's leading on the last lap just to prove it always was.

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bruncvik

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bruncvik says:

Lorenzo

must be rubbing his hands in glee. Sudden hot favourite for the 2013 title and a massive pay hike from Yamaha to keep him away from Honda. It's like all his Christmases at once.

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carloslavado

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carloslavado says:

I am gutted, really Casey? Not a fan, but putting together a qualy lap! I honestly don't think there has ever been a better rider. I live in Holland, and normally i don't go to Assen for the races( more of a WSBK fan and BSB). This year i will go on the thursday, free practice, no crowds. I will go to as many bends as possible to see Casey work that RCV like no one can!

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mrblistershifter

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Really ??

I wonder if wifey is putting the screws to him ?  Should have put off having kids for a few more years. A shame though as im sure he had afew more world championships in him.

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Bl4de929

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Bl4de929 says:

Casey Stoner

So will a certain Mr Rossi be offered a return to Honda??

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CosherB

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CosherB says:

if he's lost his mojo, then retirement is absolutely the correct decision.  better to go out at the very top of the sport - he now has a massive incentive for the rest of this season to try to retire as as a back-to-back MotoGP World Champion.  at such a young age, he can have a second career - i'd wager he'll have a go in the Aussie V8s, but he's got plenty of time to sit back and plan for the future.

good luck with whatever you choose to do Casey - a true champion.

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A7X_916

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A7X_916 says:

My flippant prediction...

about Casey has come true (but a round earlier). What next? Will Dani actually become heavy weight champion of the world haha (I think I should play the Lottery for the first time in my life this weekend too) The end of the season contract renewal episode is going to be bloody interesting now! However, I'm not going to speculate as it is pointless as the possibilities are more or less endless.

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busaman195

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busaman195 says:

NO WAY

Can`t belive this,the talent this man has is amazing.bloody mad,but give it a year or two he`ll be back it`s in the blood.......

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leemuz

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leemuz says:

maybe

Lorenzo to Honda...Rossi back to Yam...??

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nigel041

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nigel041 says:

Yeah, its that bloody Adriana. She was just the same when she was with me. I said "No way am i giving up driving a truck and £25000 a year for you, now sling your hook!!" Thats a point, I still owe her some CSA money, sh*t

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