I går ble det holdt en pressekonferanse før helgens løp ved Monster Energy Grand Prix de France i Lemans, Frankrike der Casey Stoner annonserte sin avgang i slutten av årets MotoGP sesong, samtidig som det ble nevnt at Valentino Rossi fortalte at han vil fortsette i to år til
Tidligere har Casey Stoner prøvd å bortforklare det hele med at det bare er rykter men det er nå er ”katten ut av sekken”.
«After a long time thinking, a lot of time talking with my family and my wife, this has been coming for a couple of years now but at the end of this 2012 season I will be not racing in the 2013 Championship. I will be finishing my career at the end of this season in MotoGP, and go forward in different things in my life.
«After so many years of doing this sport which I love, and which myself and my family made so many sacrifices for, after so many years of trying to get to where we have gotten to at this point, this sport has changed a lot and it has changed to the point where I am not enjoying it. I don’t have the passion for it and so at this time it’s better if I retire now.
«There are a lot of things that have disappointed me, and also a lot of things I have loved about this sport, but unfortunately the balance has gone in the wrong direction. And so, basically, we won’t be continuing any more. It would be nice if I could say I would stay one more year, but then where does it stop? So we decided to finish everything as we are now.»
Helgens løp ved Le Mans:
Når det gjelder helgens løp så håper Stoner at han denne helgen kan løse problemet med vibrering som har vært et problem i denne sesongen.
«The last two races we’ve struggled a little bit with chatter, especially the last two, and it’s something we want to really reduce so we have to work hard here.»
Jorge Lorenzo, fører for Yamaha Factory Racing, var sjokkert over uttalelsen til Stoner:
«It’s a surprise for me, for everyone. I didn’t expect it. I heard the rumours and I thought there was a possibility, but I thought he would continue next year. Now he has told us, it’s not good news for MotoGP I think, but his decision is to live quietly with his family and we must respect his decision.»
Han vil prøve å ta tilbake ledelsen i mesterskapet i søndags løp, på en bane som han trives veldig godt på:
«Le Mans is one of my favourite tracks. Since my first ever-front row in 2003 I have always had good results, so I’m happy to be here.»
Monster Yamaha Tech 3’s Cal Crutchlow så litt lysere på situasjonen på Stoner’s tilbaketog og sa følgende:
«With Casey making that announcement, maybe he can slow down and let me have a place in the top three. They [the aliens] don’t make many mistakes. Maybe they need to change what they have for dinner the night before or something.»
Løpet som var ved Le Mans i fjor, hadde han nok mest lyst til å glemme, men ser nå frem til å ta en ny og bedre runde på banen:
«I’m looking forward to it, yet it can always throw a few things with the weather. I think we’ve had some not so bad performances this year, although Estoril was disappointing. We really struggled a little bit with the set-up, and maybe a little bit with myself. But hopefully we can get on with it this weekend at Le Mans.»
Valentino Rossi hadde også store nyheter å komme med. Han fortalte at han kommer til å fortsette i to år til, etter årets sesong, men kommenterte også Stoners tilbaketrekking:
«Yes, it’s a big surprise. I think it’s bad news for all the MotoGP world because at the end of the season maybe we’re losing one of the great riders and a great rival. Is negative, but it’s his own decision. For me it’s very difficult to understand where my retirement news started from, as I never spoke about my retirement. I want to race in MotoGP for the next two years for sure.»
Le Mans var hans eneste palleplassering med Ducati i fjor, noe som han trekker frem og ønsker å bruke til det beste:
«I have had some bad results in Le Mans, but also good memories from the past. We had a not so bad weekend in Portugal and we’ll try and continue on that way and try to improve our performance to try and get closer to the guys in front of us. Last year was the best result with the Ducati, so we are optimistic.»
Randy de Puniet, som er CRT fører, avrundet pressekonferansen med å si:
«It’s a very important race for me, even if this year I don’t have the bike to be at the top. But top CRT. I think for the CRTs it will be a difficult track because you have two or three big accelerations, like on the back straight, but you never know what happens with the weather conditions. I hope to be 100% on the bike after my crash at Estoril, because I still have a lot of pain in my ribs. I really hope to be the first CRT this weekend in front of my home crowd.»