Stoner only knew one way to ride..
..and that was flat-out for the win.
While I think we all respect the bravery & comitment, most understand you can't strategise all races and therefore a championship solely on this philosophy. Qualifying and the race are two different tasks requiring differing approaches.
For example..you don't have to be patient in QP.
Nakamoto doesn't say Casey is immature, rather he thinks he's not fully mature and somewhat impatient.
I don't think any rider had the red mist come down so hard as Stoner..he wanted to win every time. Admirable true, but sometimes not the smartest.
They say when you gamble, only bet what you can afford to lose.
Did Stoner weigh-up the cons of crashing with no points in Germany next to the pros of taking 20pts and leading the title race?
Did he count in failure and how the pressure of being behind might affect his next races..where he made further errors, compounding the situation?
Casey has had luck with injuries considering crashes..he used to bounce well before he was a Dad.
I think Stoner knew he couldn't carry on with his philosophy of win or bin. He talked about his Assen practice crash as one of the biggest and hardest hits on his head. It scared him as a Father.
Then we had Germany, Italy and finally America. His Missus was probably apoplectic with worry given he was retiring,
A fantastic talent and given circumstances, always a threat to be fastest.
Best racer ever?..Nah! not even close.