Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Wayne Gardner says Stoner’s absence was ‘suspicious’

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.

Also see Casey Stoner vs Kevin Schwantz

We did an exclusive interview with Wayne Gardner, back in 2006. See here


Anonymous said...

Gardner is a has been and should keep his opinions to himself.

Sascha Haber said...

Well..those guys are just old.
I think Stoner is a man of a new century, clever, planig, more strategic than just a blindfolded hasardeur.
And he fits the profile of modern bikes much more than a Rooney, Gardner or Schwantz.
Of course the title is between Rossi or Lorenzo this year, but I have high hopes for Casey next year, and time is on his side.

JMax said...

People like Gardner and Schwantz are greats from the 500cc two-stroke era, the golden age of motorcycle grand prix racing. So what I don't understand is why are they even bothering to talk about Stoner? I mean, what do they care whether or not Stoner chose to race or whether he's really not interested in racing anymore?

Are these ex-racers so starved of attention that they must stoop down so low - must they talk about Stoner in order to get some attention?

Anonymous said...

What Stoner does is his business. And well, maybe Ducati's and their sponsors' business too. Why should Wayne Gardner and Kevin Schwantz jump into the fray? Have they nothing better to do these days?!

Mark Magee said...

this really sucks. after all casey did come back and get on the podium right away in his very first race after the break. these 'great' riders from the 1980s and 1990s should learn to shut their trap and keep it shut.

Ron said...

Now Stoner will lose respect to Wayne Gardner too.

Anonymous said...

This 'respect' thing seems to be a big deal with Stoner. Gets passed at Laguna, looses 'respect'. Disappears to do whatever during a season and if thats questioned he looses 'respect'.

Just ride the bike.



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