Some reasonable points Wosi, but a bit wide of the subject - which was it's undeniable that it is the same people who jump on everything Stoner says and moan constantly about him moaning - it's as predictable as one of those Kardashian bints getting their tits in the press. It's that hypocrisy which is amusing.
Touching on what you say, none of the riders are perfect. Respect is an over and mis-used term. You don't respect someone just because they are good at their job, whatever it is, bike racer or doctor. If they are a complete c+nt then why are they worthy of respect? You can admire their ability to do a job, but respect, no.
With Stoner, I'm not sure what you mean about the way he goes about his business. To me Stoner is just honest and plain talking. He's a PR nightmare for some but for someone who hates PR bullshit, that sits fine with me. Nothing better than seeing PR tossers squirm watching a humand hand grenade with a microphone. I've never seen him rude or arrogant, he seems to have genuine principles about the way things should be done, which I respect. If he thinks he's been let down by personnel or equipment he'll say so, if he's frustrated it'll come through, just as he will admit if he has screwed up.
The only time I'm interested in seeing these riders is racing on the track and watching them race. I'm not interested in X -Factor pre or post race entertainment. I respect them if they are honest and have a sense of fair play, the latter being the main reason I could never be a fan of Rossi. He plays a good PR game and lots have been taken in by it but he has been a real twat to other riders over the years and you know it - no criticism though.
There seem no end of people willing to give the 'truth' on why Stoner is retiring, despite it being made pretty plain from his statement that he's just had enough of the constant interference from Dorna with rule changes. As someone who lives for my biking and competes as often as possible, I can relate to what he means. There were a couple of series I used to compete in but the organisers grew too big an ego and became control freaks, imposing arbitrary rule changes and insisting on certain behaviour. I loved the events but couldn't stick the bullshit anymore as it outweighed the enjoyment, so I no longer ride them. Quitter or reasoned decision?
You and I have a different perspective on racing. Ultimately, I couldn't give a stuff who wins the championship. I'd rather watch full on racing with riders going 100% for wins in each event. Championships can be engineered for riders to a certain extent and a rider can win one without being the best or fastest rider. So what. Lorenzo will be castigated if he went for wins in the next two races and lost the championship because of it. Others will moan that the races were boring if he just does what he has to do to pick up enough points to win the title and lets Pedrosa go which will mean two races with no real racing.