Speaking prior to this weekend’s French Grand Prix the Australian cited changes to the sport and his lack of enjoyment as the primary reasons for making his decision.
Stoner’s rivals were keen to pay respects to the Respol Honda rider with Jorge Lorenzo commenting that he had heard the rumours about Casey but that he had not expected him to retire. The Spaniard went on to say that it was bad for the sport to see a rider such as Casey retire at only 27 years of age.
Nine times world champion, Valentino Rossi, also commented on the annoucement with the Italian saying “we lose a great rival and a great rider.” Rossi went on to commit his own future to the sport and said that he “plans to compete for another two years.”
Stoner commented that he was disappointed with the direction MotoGP has taken and that it is “not the championship that I fell in love with.”
While many have speculated since the birth of his daughter that Stoner would only compete for another couple of seasons but the Australian did not include that in his comments. He did say however that he only reached his decision “within the last week.”