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…