Casey Stoner: I Miss Racing, But Not Enough To Return

04/17/2014 @ 10:40 am, by David Emmett16 COMMENTS

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Casey Stoner will not be returning to MotoGP any time soon. In an interview with the Italian magazine Vogue, Stoner said that he wanted to spend more time with his family, and experience life outside the paddock.

There have been a constant stream of rumors that Stoner could return to MotoGP almost since the day the Australian hung up his helmet. They have grown in intensity at several points in time, most notably when Honda announced that Stoner would be working for HRC as a test rider in 2013.

HRC Vice President Shuhei Nakamoto has made no secret that Honda would welcome the prodigal Australian back with open arms, and credible sources in Spain have reported that much work has been done to make a comeback possible, and to try to persuade Stoner to make a return.

News that Stoner was to attend the Austin round of MotoGP reignited a firestorm of further speculation that he could stage a comeback at some point in the future.

That speculation was tempered by the fact that Stoner spent most of the weekend in Seattle, where he watched his friend Ryan Villopoto try to wrap up the 2014 Supercross title. Stoner made it to Austin on Sunday, where he paid a very low-key visit to MotoGP, catching up with his former teammates.

If Stoner’s brief trip to MotoGP was not enough to quash speculation on his return, an interview with the Italian edition of Vogue puts it beyond any doubt.

Stoner made it very clear that his priorities lay elsewhere. He wanted to spend more time with his family and experience life outside the paddock, he told the magazine. “I miss some things, some sensations I felt when I was racing, but they’re not enough to make me want to come back,” he said to Vogue.

Among the things he missed were his team of mechanics, who followed him from Ducati to Honda. They were like his family to him, Stoner told Vogue.

If Stoner were to return, it might be in some form of managerial capacity, or helping young riders. Stoner has always pointed to the difficulties young Australian riders face when trying to break through internationally. The bodies governing Australian motorcycle racing were more of an obstacle than a help, Stoner said.

He himself had been forced to leave Australia to pursue his career, moving to the UK to race where the legal age to start roadracing was 14. Stoner’s point is borne out by Jack Miller: the current leader in the Moto3 standings, who also left Australia at a young age, and spent most of his youth racing in Spain and Germany, before entering Moto3.

Source: Vogue via GPOne; Photo: © 2013 Scott Jones / Scott Jones Photography – All Rights Reserved

This article was originally published on MotoMatters, and is republished here on Asphalt & Rubber with permission by the author.

Comment:

  1. sideswipeasaurus says:

    That should quieten some of his most ardent (or crazy depending on your point of view) fans for a moment. Only a moment. By Monday they’ll be certain he’s coming back any minute now.

  2. Yeeha! Stephen says:

    Moment is done….

    Dani’s contract is soon up.

  3. Rednick says:

    Casey Who ??????

    Why are we still reading about this guy ?

  4. L2C says:

    Stoner in Italian Vogue? Was he modeling Prada or something?

    I wonder when that interview took place. Folks have been known to change their minds between the time an interview was given, and the time it was published, but Stoner tends to do what he says.

    If he returned to motorcycle racing, it would be a surprise for me. It could happen — but I think the chances are slim.

  5. Jw says:

    Stoner was great to watch race but I don’t get why all the media attention today. Especially when his response is always the same.

  6. chntpw says:

    soon casey’s name will vanish on motogp world other than winning championship on a ducati..
    his laptime record will broken soon by marquez or other rider. it happens on 2013 when marquez broke some casey’s record.
    and by the time he staged a comeback, he will be too old to even compete with marquez.

    so go back to your family, casey, and watch your name vanished

  7. Mark says:

    Stoner has chronic fatigue syndrome. He is not going to publicly say it, because it would be the end of any chance of a return, not to mention it is a subject not without controversy thanks to the medical community’s denial of things they don’t understand (though that is changing).

    I am sure if he can recover his full health he will return, but unfortunately few ever fully recover from it without lingering chemical sensitivities that would make riding a GP bike extremely draining. Until then the official reason will be about spending time with the family. There is probably no one that wants Casey Stoner to be back in MotoGP more than Casey Stoner himself.

  8. smiler says:

    Rednick says:
    April 17, 2014 at 2:25 PM
    Casey Who ??????

    Why are we still reading about this guy ?

    Always like people who slag of former champions. So let’s see, Lorenzo, Sheene, Read, Spencer won 2 world championships but not with 2 different manufactuers. So he is clearly a better rider than any of them.
    You may not like him, people did not like Nicki Lauda either. But at least respect him for being one of the top ten riders of all time.
    Unlike other riders, he had to move full time to Europe. Not like Hayden, Roberts, Lorenzo. Rossi, etc, who have at least one race in their home country and many close to home.

  9. Spamtasticus says:

    Some of the most pathetic types of humans are those who feel the need to put others down in order to make themselves feel if only an iota superior. They often grasp at straws and fire off ambiguous or even childish attacks with little or no substace to back them up. Like a child in a playground making fun of someone’s name because their life is bleak and they lack imagination. The most sad aspect of this behavior is that these little people actually believe that these attacks elevate their apperance to others when in fact it is just a desperate self delusion than only truly affects them or if available, those just as feble as them.

    You know….like a couch racer squid putting down someone as accomplished as Stoner…

  10. CrisCo says:

    I’d love to see him come back, as I think this season will be over shortly. He was amazing to watch, honest, and came from someplace other than Spain. He’s been away long enough that I think he won’t though, and the window is getting more narrow.

  11. Sid says:

    Was his family in tow for this trip? If not, that’s a long trip w/o the family from Australia to Seattle to Austin while stating in an interview that he wants to be around family more to experience life outside the paddock

  12. DLB says:

    Stoner was/is an awesome rider!

    Whether you love or hate his public personae, I recommend this article: http://www.motorsportmagazine.com/race/motogp-race/inside-the-mind-of-casey-stoner

    As an extreme introvert, I can totally relate to his strong aversion to fame.

  13. Just Johnny says:

    For the sake of all racing stay retired ! No room for a constant cry baby complainer .
    You had 2 great seasons on a 07 , hybrid 800cc Ducati , and the Factory Respol Honda 1000cc in /11 .

  14. Haggis says:

    Typical polarised comments to any Stoner news…

    I for one hope he gets into introducing young Australians into the sport! What the Spanish are doing right now is fantastic and will only bring more talented Spaniards into the international racing scene. I wish the people behind motorcycle racing in Australia would try something like that. Someone needs to fix the Australian motorcycle racing scene!

    and for those complaining “why are we still getting news on Stoner”.. You aren’t helping yourselves by commenting, this is one of the most commented on articles on the A&R homepage and Stoner news will be continued to be written if it generates this sort of interest! If it really annoys you all so much, a much more constructive thing to do would be feign disinterest by NOT commenting.

  15. Chaz Michael Michaels says:

    I don’t worry that Stoner will come back. I worry that he’ll wait too long to come back. Much like Michael Jordan.

    …my point isn’t to mean Stoner was the greatest ever in his sport the way Jordan was his. Point is, Jordan came back too late. Champions tend to make come backs…like Ali came back. …like…pick most any champion.

    They either stay too long (ahem, Rossi) or they leave too soon and come back too late. Which is a shame in Stoner’s case because if he hadn’t retired in his prime there’s no reason to think he couldn’t have become one of the…maybe top 5 riders ever?

  16. TexusTim says:

    stoner is playing everyone, who wouldnt take all the free rides around the world over a rumor ? mess with everyones heads the way he felt he was messed with. I doubt he wants all the bs again..better to retire,test ride and tour the world on hondas dime…let all the talking heads and haters rattle on..