The ex-driver, Casey Stoner, has once again talked about some aspects of his life as a professional. Among them, his departure from Ducati and his removal from Honda due to the arrival of Marc Márquez.
Despite arriving almost seven years away from the world of competition, Casey Stoner cannot forget the time he spent within the two great teams of his time in MotoGP. Those teams are Ducati and Honda. The Australian can’t get rid of the hard moments he spent there and now, outside the paddock, he dares to tell everything that happened. And he has not kept his opinion to himself.
In 2007 Casey Stoner became MotoGP World Champion with Ducati. At that time the relationship between team and rider was perfect. However, only two years later all this was blown away. Stoner explains in Motorsport that “I switched to Honda because in 2009, when I discovered I was lactose intolerant, I went through a difficult period and I didn’t like the way Ducati handled the situation“.
But, in particular, there were two episodes that bothered the Australian a lot. These were the management of his replacement and Ducati’s relationship with the press. “They had offered one of my biggest opponents almost twice my salary to run with them while I was away for a couple of weeks. They said many negative things about me to the press and did not support me.Considering that I was their only world champion and that I had won more races than any of the others their drivers had ridden together, it hurt me a lot” Stoner explains.
Marquez’ arrival and departure
That’s why Casey Stoner decided to put land in the middle and go to Honda. With this change, the rider was not only leaving a team in which he no longer had confidence or felt comfortable, but a dream was going to come true. Among other things, he wanted to get to Honda because it was the team where Mick Doohan had raced. He joined the golden wing team in 2011.
At Honda everything went well until the arrival of Marc Márquez was announced. Stoner wanted to tell his truth, which we do not know if it is the real one or not as the rider announces. “I do not know the exact truth. Honda excluded me. I don’t know if they thought I was planning to come back and be a threat to Marc again, but he and his team threw me out” he says.
However, this is in contrast to what he says below. According to the Australian, Honda didn’t want to throw him out, but wanted him to be Marquez’s assistant. “What I know for sure is that the current Honda company did not want me to leave, but I felt that I could not make a difference as a test rider because of some things within the Honda factory team. They rejected my ideas and my development. For me it was disappointing because I was there to help Marc and I think I could have helped him a lot. Someone, for some reason, didn’t want me there and made that very clear” he explains.
The MotoGP World Championship
Finally, Casey Stoner wanted to give his opinion on the 2020 season which is still at stake. First of all, the driver does not consider this to be a championship. He thinks that in order to be recognised as such they should travel around the world and not just in Europe. “This is a very small European championship, with multiple races on the same track. I don’t think it is a world championship at all, especially when you race twice on certain circuits that are suitable for certain bikes and manufacturers, which allows you to get two good results on two consecutive weekends. I think it is a MotoGP championship, I find it difficult to call it a world championship” he argues.
On the other hand, he also analysed the situation of Ducati. According to Stoner, the Italian factory should make a series of adjustments and changes. “A powerful engine does not make you win championships. You just have to look at the Yamaha that is so successful despite having one of the least powerful bikes on the grid. Especially this year they have won more than anyone else. I think Ducati really needs to take a step back” he concludes.
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