Wayne Gardner says he was surprised and mystified by Stoner's decision to sit out a few races in the 2009 MotoGP season, without giving any proper explanation for the same
Wayne Gardner, who won the 500cc motorcycle GP racing world championship in 1987, has expressed his views on fellow Australian Casey Stoner choosing to skip some races this year, due to an unexplained illness. ‘It's very suspicious. I wish there had have been some sort of answer to it, that he'd come out with some sort of answer, because there is certainly an air of mystery to it,’ said Gardner, speaking to Aussie newspaper, The Age.
‘I personally haven't ever seen anyone just stop for a rest during the year in my time of grand prix racing. It's certainly an unanswered question. I don't think it puts a question mark on him as a competitor but it would just be nice to know what was the reasoning for it. I think he probably needs to come up with some answers,’ said Gardner, who was definitely one of the toughest, most competitive racers of his time.
‘I don't tell him how to ride his bike and that's the way he does things. But it's certainly very unusual and very unique that someone stops and has a rest for three or four races in the middle of the year and then comes back out and races and says, ‘I'm better now,’’ says Gardner. ‘It shows you what a talent he is and hopefully he can keep that up for the rest of the year,’ he adds, saying that while this year’s Australian GP could be won by either Rossi, Lorenzo or Stoner, his money is on Casey.
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We did an exclusive interview with Wayne Gardner, back in 2006. See here