TWO THINGS TO KNOW & APPRECIATE ...
It will be interesting to read the posts on all the various sites next season when Casey Stoner isn't around to put-down, diminish, vilify & abuse ...
There are 2 x things the Casey Stoner haters should know, appreciate & try & remember when they are figuring-out who to hate next: -
(1):- HRC offered Stoner A$15 Million to stay (US$15,526,000.00) - the highest offer they have ever made or paid anybody - including anyone in F1. That's a lot for a guy that allegedly can't really ride, is "mentally weak", complains a lot, can't develop a motorcycle & isn't "marketable, isn't it?
(2):- They - the bike media & people, who think they know GP stuff, make much of and go on about Phillip Island being his "home" circuit. While this IS widely acknowledged as a "real rider's circuit" - and one of the absolute best, where you need big 'cojones to go really fast - Casey Stoner has never ridden it any more frequently than any of his competitors. He left Australia @ 14 to go race in Europe & the UK precisely because he wasn't permitted to road-race at home in Australia.
So endeth another couple of the malicious, vapid & vacuous "myths" that have dogged his career.
Stoner now has 38 x Senior GP Wins, which puts him clear of Mike (The Bike) Hailwood as 4th on the "all-time" list.
PS: A couple of guys (OK, quite a few) challenged my assertion last season & before that, that Anthony West is a far, far better rider than his results in Moto2 would indicate - obviously forgetting - or not even knowing of his success in WSS - taking-over Kevin Curtain's R6 when Curtain was injured for a 3rd & several Wins. This on top of his at times stellar performances in 250GP & other Classes on crap bikes.
Well, as I said - after changing chassis & getting input from ex-rider & suspension guru Warren Willing - 'Westie has shown his capability with 2 x 2nds on the trot - in both streaming wet & perfectly dry. I just love saying - "I told you so ..."