Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Casey Stoner: ‘Experience counts for nothing’


Casey Stoner, who recently silenced his critics by taking a podium finish at last weekend’s Portuguese MotoGP, says he has lost respect for Kevin Schwantz. Last month, Schwantz had implied in an interview that things weren’t right with Stoner, that he made a surprisingly incorrect tyre choice at Donington and that he should be out there competing and doing his best to win, rather than missing multiple races because of some mystery illness.

Now that Stoner is back – and seems to be winning as effortlessly as ever – he has something to say about Kevin. ‘What he said really upset me. I've lost a lot of respect for Kevin Schwantz after what he said. I had a lot of respect for that guy – he’s been one of my favourite riders and probably one of the most exciting riders to watch. When somebody like that says something like that, it shows you that experience counts for nothing, which is what I've been trying to tell people for a long time now,’ says Stoner.

‘I saw the Kevin Schwantz thing and it really made me laugh. It pissed me off at the same time, because I had a lot of respect for those riders. Jeremy McWilliams as well. I mean, what the hell do they know? Really, what do they know? Everyone's sitting there with an opinion, when they know nothing and they don't know the situation. They couldn't see that I was sick after every race. You know, we had an issue, we had a problem, and we had to fix it. And it's nice to come back and show people that we've fixed it. We did have a problem, and now we're back,’ says the 2007 MotoGP world champ.

Hmmm… we’re big fans of Kevin Schwantz here at Faster and Faster, but even so we agree that no.34 probably shouldn’t have said the things he did, about Casey. That said, we don’t suppose Kevin is losing any sleep over Mr Stoner having lost ‘respect’ for him…

12 comments:

freddyb said...

When you seclude yourself in the middle of nowhere during an important championship hunt mid-season and neglect to communicate with the outside world, don't be surprised when rumors and trash-talk run rampant. I think Stoner is an amazing rider, and I think his honesty and direct way of speaking is quite refreshing against the background of boring statements like "I just put my head down and ran as hard as I could", "we pushed all day but didn't get the finish we were hoping for", "today we make a great effort and are very pleased with this result", and on and on with the diplomatic dog-and-pony-show drivel.

But the guy is in serious need of a WAAAAAAmulance.

Anonymous said...

When freddyb goes down in the middle of 'life' with an illness that cannot be diagnosed by teams of specialists from three different continents and the possibility of a rare syndrome or cancer might be present, then I might give him some credibility. But, until freddyb faces down those demons and lives to tell the tale then he really should shut up. Nothing in life matters if you don't have your health. Ask anyone who's been through the medical wringer and come out on the other side with a fraction of their faculties. Unfortunately, most don't get to tell their story.

Anonymous said...

I can attest to that. A pretty crappy bout of Glandular Fever led me onto Chronic fatigue for almost a year and a half. If anyone ever says nobody ever died of a common cold, try going through it with both Chronic Fatigue and after recovering from Glandular fever. Good on Casey for speaking his mind and defending his decision. It was clearly the right one, especially with everybody saying it will take him some time to get back in the groove of things. And with everybody saying he threw away the championship... There is always next year.

freddyb said...

I don't seek credibility from anonymous cowards, so I'm cool with that. Really don't think I'm being all that harsh on Stoner either, compared to many...merely pointing out a fact that being disconnected from the fans, media, sponsors, employers, etc... will led to speculation and rumors.

...and that he's a big crybaby.


The way he 'shot back' seemed quite childish, a trait that Stoner exhibits time and time again in his interviews. But as I said before, I'd rather we get to see and hear his true opinion than some glossed over, cookie cutter, PR robot like many other riders these days.

The guy is talented enough to let his performance on the track do his talking, but he likes to run his mouth as well. Good for us, more entertainment.

MojoMan said...

All of the comments so far have merit. Only Stoner knows for sure what the 'real deal' is and he ain't telling so he's opened himself up for others to offer their own personal opinions and that's what Scwantz did. Casey knows there is a lot of money on the line and that he's expected to produce. Maybe Kevin's comments lit a fire under him - who knows. I just hope that Casey's illness can be remedied because the dude sure can ride when he's healthy and he could push the Yamaha's of Rossi/Lorenzo. I wish him well.

Peter said...

Schwantz was asked for his opinion on what he thought was going on... he gave it, that's all. Stoner, however, is becoming too much of a whining, sulky little bore. Hasn't he learnt anything since Laguna? Let his riding do the talking and take a chill pill. If he thinks things are hard today... he should try racing with the likes of Schwantz, Rainey, Gardner, Abe etc. They would have chewed him up and spat him out before the end of the first lap!

Anonymous said...

It's not an all-or-nothing situation. Stoner is undoubtedly an extraordinarily talented rider, but he's still an immature asshole off the track. Notice how he's often bolder in his comments after a great on-track performance? He's of the mind that, "I've done well so I'm now more of an authority figure..." What, because he finishes ahead of Capirossi he gets to lecture Loris off-track? One has nothing to do with the other. Tiger Woods is 100% class both on and off the course. Stoner has a lot to learn (...but he's young so he's got lots of time).

Anonymous said...

Schwantz wouldn't have even been a world champion if the real world champ Rainey hadn't crashed out of the 93 season permanently. Then when he won it he bailed out himself because he was scared. Stoner might be a little lacking in the personality stakes and doesn't suck up to the pommy press like they think he should but he can ride that Ducati like nobody else. Schwantz wouldn't even know which way he went if they lined up side by side.

Anonymous said...

Stoner didn't seclude himself. He was fishing in Queensland, stayed in a caravan park and hung out with real people for a change instead of the pretentious twits that infest Moto GP.

It's only me! said...

Hey Anonymous! With your attitude and inside knowledge, you're not Casey Stoner are you?

Anonymous said...

Love it.... 'Tiger Woods is 100% class both on and off the course.'

Anonymous said...

'Tiger Woods is 100% class both on and off the course'....... how little do we all know!