In the final part of MCN’s exclusive series of Stoner memories Colin Edwards recalls a side to the Aussie few seldom see in the immediate aftermath of the tragic accident in Sepang last year that claimed the life of rising Italian star Marco Simoncelli.
“Casey came to the medical centre to see how I was and that meant a lot. Him and Nicky (Hayden) both came. Obviously I was in a lot of pain and my shoulder was out.
"I knew the doctors were working on Marco and I sat there in agony. When the guy came in he said they were going to have to put me out because they knew I’d fight them because it would be so painful to put the shoulder back in.
"Whenever I came back round I was still a little groggy and Casey and Nicky were there. I knew before they knocked me out that Marco wasn’t coming back but it was cool to have them there and they told me the story about how the race was cancelled and how it all unfolded. They gave me the aftermath and they were there for me, so it was awesome.”
Edwards said Stoner had shown unbelievable speed since his MotoGP debut with LCR Honda back in 2006 and he added: “Casey’s talent is unbelievable. He’s done some s**t that when he’s on, which he was quite regular, that was amazing to watch.
"He decided before the light went off that he’s got to win the race and it was done. It didn’t matter what rope you had around Casey to try and catch a tow it would snap in half and it would be see you later.”