Casey Stoner: Valentino ruined his own championship
Casey Stoner has said that he beleives Valentino Rossi cost himself his tenth World Championship, refusing to lay the blame on the shoulders of Marc Marquez.
The Australian who is currently still away enjoying his holiday in the United States of America will make his highly anticipated return to Ducati during a two-day test at the end of the month, before possibly getting back on board the following week during the first official test of 2016, alongside the full-time MotoGP riders.
Earlier this week, he denied that he will be making a full time return to MotoGP, hasn’t be shy in forthcoming about his opinions of the 2015 season.
Stoner was of course famed for his high profile rivalry with Rossi during his time in MotoGP. The infamous corkscrew overtake at Laguna Seca in 2008, was followed by the claims from Rossi’s then crew-chief Jerry Burgess that claiming he and Rossi could fix the Ducati front end issues in 80 seconds. The most memorable moment of Rossi’s failed Ducati career also involved Stoner when he a crash in Jerez prompted the Australian to utter the words: “Obviously your ambition outweighed your talent”.
Stoner said that Rossi had a fantastic 2015 season, surpassing everyones expectations of him, although he thinks the right man ended up winning the MotoGP World Championship, virtue of the wins he accumulated over the season.
“Valentino rode a fantastic championship, I don’t think anyone expected him to ride at that level from the first race. But there’s no doubt that Jorge was a worthy champion. Jorge rode better and won more races,” the 30-year old said in an interview on Motorcycle News.
“There is only one stat that counts. Valentino has only been pushed to the last round of the championship twice and he has lost it twice, under pressure at Valencia in 2006 and this year.
“Valentino always won his championships with a big points margin or with at least one race to go, but this year Jorge had the momentum going to the final rounds. Even without Valentino’s rear-of-the-grid penalty in Valencia I think still think Jorge would have won the title,” he said.
“I understand why Valentino was frustrated at Sepang but he lost his cool. I expected to see a wiser head on his experienced shoulders. Valentino ruined his own championship.”
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2 thoughts on “Casey Stoner: Valentino ruined his own championship”
Crikey, this is a surprise isn’t it. Casey siding with the Spaniards against Valentino ?!
Stoner seems incapable of mentioning Rossi, without his personal feelings bubbling up and spewing bile when it comes to the iconic Italian.. I thought the Lactose was cured ?!.
Stoner suffered under pressure perhaps more than anyone when he raced, and consistently ruined his own chance to cracking under pressure.
Laguna 2008, which led to him folding and throwing it away the next two races..
2009 with the mystery illness, and taking time off mid season without a sick note.
2010 with all the crashes, when the Ducati got the better of him.
2012, he was obstinate and immature making bad decisions about hardware, that saw him refuse a fix for the chattering frame that eventually flicked him to the moon at Indy.
Stoner was a Hot Head, and for him to advise anyone on losing their cool is typically ironic and more than a little amusing.
It’s pretty clear the bitterness is buried deep, and Val is still pulling his strings.
As Lorenzo knows and Marquez will find out, you can’t expect to be popular AND shit on a living legend like Valentino Rossi.. and everyone knows that Stoner had a massive chip on his shoulder about the Italian.
Let’s be honest, it retired him.
Valentino’s iconic status is what they all crave..
The respect and loyalty shown by fans the world over is beyond compare.
The Yellow Army make every race a home race.
It must be tough to take when you’re winning, but everyone is dancing around in Yellow, paying very little attention..
I reckon poor old Casey just wants to be loved and respected by fans.. but unfortunately the grumpy Aussie walks around with a face like a smacked arse, slagging all and sundry..
Nobody likes a miserable hypocrite, however fast they used to be..
Get around a bit just to slag of an Aussie don’t you Ian?