Casey Stoner: «Some people have too much opinion» / MotoGP

After three years of absence, Casey Stoner paid a visit to the GP paddock in Portimão. The two-time MotoGP world champion was not stingy with praise and revealed which make he would like to test again.

Casey Stoner announced his retirement from the MotoGP World Championship in 2012. Since then, a lot has changed on both the driving and the technical side. The 36-year-old is therefore reluctant to draw comparisons between his time and today’s conditions: “I don’t compare what I would do differently than the guys out there. Maybe I would have a different opinion on the choice of line, choice of tires or set-up. But it’s impossible to sit on the couch and judge it. “

The two-time MotoGP world champion added: “It’s hard work to master these machines, especially when 20 other riders want to cover the same stretch. It’s not an easy job and I think some people out there in front of the screens have a little too much opinion about it. You are not on site and do not know how everyone involved is giving their maximum. I always have the highest respect for all drivers, regardless of whether they make a good or a bad decision. “

During his playing days, Stoner was world champion on both Ducati (2007) and Honda (2011). When asked which motorcycle he would like to test again, the Australian had a surprising answer: “The greatest challenge of my career has always been the Yamaha. No matter what bike I rode, Yamaha was the manufacturer to beat. It would be interesting for me to know where the differences are between what I saw from the Yamaha on the track and how it feels when you drive it yourself. “

Status of the drivers’ championship after 17 of 18 races:
1. Quartararo, 267 Punkte (Weltmeister). 2. Bagnaia 227. 3. Mir 195. 4. Miller 165. 5. Zarco 163. 6. Marc Márquez 142. 7. Binder 142. 8. Aleix Espargaró 113. 9. Viñales 106. 10. Pol Espargaró 100. 11. Rins 99. 12. Bastianini 94. 13. Oliveira 92. 14. Martin 91. 15. Nakagami 76. 16. Alex Márquez 67. 17. Morbidelli 42. 18. Marini 41. 19. Lecuona 38. 20. Rossi 38. 21 Petrucci 37. 22. Bradl 14. 23. Pirro 12. 24. Dovizioso 8. 25. Pedrosa 6. 26. Savadori 4. 27. Rabat 1.

Constructors’ championship:
1st Ducati, 332 points (world champion). 2nd Yamaha 298 3rd Suzuki 227 4th Honda 211 5th KTM 196 6th Aprilia 114.

Team-WM:
1. Ducati Lenovo, 392 Punkte. 2. Monster Energy Yamaha 364. 3. Suzuki Ecstar 294. 4. Pramac Racing 258. 5. Repsol Honda 250. 6. Red Bull KTM Factory Racing 234. 7. LCR Honda 143. 8. Esponsorama Racing 135. 9. Aprilia Racing Team Gresini 128. 10. Petronas Yamaha SRT 86. 11. Tech3 KTM Factory Racing 75.

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