Stoner believes MotoGP is "going backward" in moving away from being a
prototype-only championship, after admitting the series no longer holds
After announcing his plans for retirement at the end of this season,
Stoner explained that there were a number of factors that had dimmed his
passion for the category, one of which included the future direction
of the sport.
"It is not starting again from the beginning, it is going backward,"
said Stoner, referring to the arrival of the production-based CRTs and
consideration given to a more production-based future. "For me, it is not the championship I fell in love with. It is not the
championship I always wanted to race in and, except for my competitors
around me, they are the only ones who give respect for each other.
"Nobody else has enough respect for the people that do their jobs,
working at the teams, working in the trucks, and putting this show on
every week. It is not easy.
"There are many, many different reasons but it is basically me losing
my patience with the racing and my enjoyment of this sport. For sure I
am going to enjoy this year but if I continue [beyond that] it will be a
mistake on my half. It would not be correct to Honda and everyone at
the team if I did not give 110 percent."
Stoner also hit out of the way the media had been so critical of the
racing recently – and reckons that such a stance will only serve to hurt
its chances of recovering.
"My passion has slowly ebbed away from this championship," said the
Australian, who also expressed frustration at the cynicism that greeted
his lactose intolerance problems that kept him away from some races in
2009. You yourselves, the media, have not exactly been friendly to this
championship and criticised me many times, especially recently.
"[But] people don't realize that everybody is bringing it down
themselves, they are saying the racing is boring, that is boring – but
if you go back some years you will find the same number of races that
were close or not.
"I think people just need to appreciate what they have in front of
them, and I think everybody in this room needs to realise what sort of
championship they have, before it is gone. I think it will be really nice to see some fantastic racing again at
the front. But, with only a few factory bikes out there, it is not
going to happen soon.
"There needs to be more high quality bikes out there so people like
Randy [de Puniet] can run where he deserves to be and not so far behind
12th position. There is no way for them to get anywhere near the factory
Speaking about his lactose intolerance situation, Stoner said:
"Everyone still to this day says it was a mystery illness – the fact
that no one understands that I have a lactose intolerance, that is
really critical to me."