Do us a favour Casey..
No doubt that Stoner was the fastest man on two wheels on any given day. Was entertaining to watch slide both the Duke and the Honda in slow motion around Philip Island. But that's where the appreciation stops. He undid all of his positive attributes of being (one of) the greatest racers by constantly moaning and berating his paymasters and engineers. Bitching about your w***king arm and rumbles from the front forks (anyone notice that the word 'chatter' has not been uttered once since he departed?)
I still am somewhat bemused as to why he failed to understand the MotoGP circus and play the PR game. He could have won almost as many fans as Rossi had he taken some media skills training and interacting warmly with the press and fans. He left because he didn't like the politics. He hates the CRT rules and doesn't like a dog fight (in which he had armalite weaponry). He moans when he's overtaken fairly and He can't drive a V8 car either but that's not quite as important. He also doesn't like Milk, but that's an argument for another day.
So why does he want to come back? Honda offered him 10 million smackers less than 12 months ago - but that wasn't good enough to pry him from his morals (I'm not exactly sure he knows what his morals are, maybe his wife can tell him?). So what gives? He's seen Marquez and realized the sport doesn't miss him. The current crop of stars are exactly that. Everyone moved on without so much of a ripple to his departure. And that is irking him... So he just wants to prove to himself he is still faster than the best? Then what...gears up his fishing rod and f**ks off back to Willabong creek a year later because his missus doesn't appreciate the air miles.
Stoner is a complete idiot for not realizing what he had. #1 in the best team in the paddock, awesome skills, millions in the bank, travel the world 1st class on someone elses dime... (if you didn't expect all that, then you were obviously watching a different MotoGP growing up?). And yep, politics are corrupt in all categories. Business, governments, corporations and even race outfits. Get over it sunshine. Just play the game and enjoy yourself. You're not going to change it, but you can enjoy it. I for one would love to see him back and racing at the sharp end creating a spectacle but if that means I have to listen to more 'arm pump' or 'chatter' excuses when Cal Crutchlow beats him then I'd rather he keep his float in the water and leave it to the pro's who can play the game on and off track.
Top flight racer with the personality of a cabbage and the foresight of a seahorse... Utter shame when you think about it... Stick to testing (at best) so you can crack one off on your lap times and no-one has to listen to your horseshit.