ok, if I misunderstood what you said about him retiring I apologise - but being able to spend more time with your family once you've retired isn't necessarily the the same as retiring to do that - he said himself he's sick of the politics, Dorna and the state of Motogp as the primary reason.
LS08 - I remember the incident in the winner's enclosure. Stoner was not happy with Rossi for some of the moves - noticeably down the pit straight where Rossi ran him to the edge of the track a couple of times - not fun at that speed. The attitude after was because of what happened between them in the race. When Rossi wouldn't get of his bike in the Lorenzo incident, there were no race incidents, he just sulked at being beaten.
They can all have a touch of the prima donnas to an extent but when Rossi does it there is never an issue, it seems acceptable. Anyone else, they get slated.
Rossi remember, has fallen out with just about anyone who challenged him during his career, Biaggi, Gibernau, Melandri, Elias, Lorenzo, Stoner. People sweep under the carpet his behaviour towards Gibernau and his rather surly and big-headed statement that Gibernau would never win another race. Gibernau's crime? He did nothing, Rossi's team CHEATED by tampering with his grid slot to create more grip. Gibernau's TEAM protested - quite rightly - Rossi got moved to the back of the grid and then crashed out during the race which Gibernau won (I think) None of this was Gibernau's doing but Rossi's reaction to him was utterly hostile, unwarranted, childish and ended their friendship.
Rossi has done far worse to other riders than what Stoner is perceived to have done here.
Bottom line is, if Rossi had kept his big mouth shut when he moved to Ducati instead of unecessarily lambasting Stoner, this situation wouildn't have occured