Reining MotoGP world champion, the 27 year old Casey Stoner will retire from MotoGP at the end of the 2012 season. Another significant loss for the MotoGP fraternity...
In a shocking development, reigning MotoGP world champion Casey Stoner has announced that he will retire from MotoGP at the end of the 2012 season. Casey announced his retirement while speaking to the media at the official pre-event press conference for the French MotoGP.
‘This has been coming for a couple of years now. After a long time thinking, a lot of time talking with my family and my wife [I have decided that] I will be not racing in the 2013 MotoGP championship. I will be finishing my MotoGP career at the end of this season and go forward in different things in my life,’ said Casey.
‘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,’ said the man who won the 2007 and 2011 MotoGP world championships and who’s currently leading the 2012 MotoGP world championship as well.
‘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,’ says Casey.
We must admit this comes as a complete shock to us. Casey Stoner is fast, consistent and talented and his departure from MotoGP will be a significant loss to the sport. We wish Casey all the very best in life, in whatever he chooses to do after ending his career in MotoGP.