News 1 Jul 2015

Stoner comments on MotoGP "taken out of context"

Dual world champion responds to latest press reports.

Source: HRC.

Source: HRC.

Australia’s two-time MotoGP World Champion Casey Stoner has taken to Twitter in response to media reports that he thinks the current state of MotoGP is “shit”.

The 2007 and 2011 world title winner was quoted by European press this week that grand prix racing in its current state is “shit”, compared with the “golden age of the 500s”.

“If I went back to racing it would be in the golden age of the 500s, with real racing and guys like Doohan, Rainey, Schwantz, Gardner and Lawson,” it was reported that Stoner told French publication “Back then it was a sport, today it’s shit.”

However the 29-year-old, who retired at the close of 2012, has since stated via social media that he has been misquoted and his comments were taken out of context.

“The media comment about me saying MotoGP is ‘s#%!’ was misquoted, taken out of context,” Stoner wrote. “Disappointed to see this. It is widely known that I am not a fan of the direction of MotoGP, but to say it is ‘s#%!’ is certainly not my comment on the championship!”

Stoner will make a return to racing this month, 23-26 July, at the annual Suzuka 8 Hours, where he will partner Michael van der Mark and Takumi Takahashi on the MuSASHi RT HARC-PRO Honda team.