Originally Posted by TICTOC
Fair points all, I just credit Casey with being open and honest. He's always
admitted to his own mistakes and doesn't dodge questions about the mistakes
You know what, I'll tell you why I dislike Stoner and, I believe, many others out there feel the same for similar reasons (sorry for the huge wall of text!
I'll start by saying that I've never seen anyone riding like him (those who didn't, see him live on track and you'll understand) and, most of all, I was a huge admirer of his personality during all of his career, from 125cc to the Ducati days. He seemed that honest good guy "pure" and "naive" (rare to find in the sport) that hadn't gone corrupted. A bit like the shy guy in the class that you can not help but simpathize with.
I can understand then why many fans like him, and follow him like he's the second coming, more than the riding skills, he has that allure.
The problem is... he's detached from reality, like living in a virtual reality, an all different dimension.
Being honest is all fine and good but, on his position, only so long as you have complete sense and notion of the words you're using and the things you say.
He has been idiotic in many of his statements. You can't praise "openess" and "honesty" from a professional athlete that doesn't even have notion of the things around him, then states about things as much as he does. It's unprofessional, bortherline silly, to say the least.
For instances, he stated that it doesn't make sense to be in GPs, if not racing anything that isn't a full-on, unlimited technology, factory prototype. (this is not 2002!)
Then blaming DORNA for the poor state of the sport in recent years and the constant changes of specs, when those were -mind boggling- caused by the MSMA (you know, Honda and Yamaha, with Ducati bullied in the corner).
So lets see...
The ultra hi-tech bike that Stoner rides and loves so much costs 9 million euros(!) to LEASE for one single season (no other way). A privateer team pays that astronomical sum, eff knows how, through extremely difficult sponsorship, and the bikes are returned to the factory to be crushed, on seasons end.
It's ridiculous. It will lead the sport to an end very soon. There is no money.
Sponsors are lacking, privateer teams can't keep with this. Even Ducati can't keep up, because Honda and Yamaha can outperform their rival(s) any way they like, they have unlimited resources. They own the book of rules and can change it whenever they want to keep the game at their favour (why BMW and Aprilia don't enter the show, and why Suzuki and Kawasaki left).
Yet, Stoner ignores this (unaware? ...but how could he be?) and indirectly defends it.
Blaming DORNA, blaming the pit-walk full of brollydollies, marketing hospitalities and outsiders that, unfortunately, are the only short-term side solution, to satisfy sponsors, and pay for all the things that he sees on track.
So we've been watching the sport, year after year, becoming like the real world out there, i.e, living beyond its capacities. And the world champ says that they must keep on wearing armani
, when there isn't money to buy jeans
, and that's one reason (among others) why he leaves, because he doesn't like where it's heading...
Maybe he should read about the production-racers, the pittyfull and lowly basic privateer race-bikes he dislikes so much that were BOUGHT from factories and modified by the teams, not just the factories. They saved the GPs in the '70s and well onto the late '80s, in dark times just like as these.
Maybe he should count with the fingers of his hands the decreasing number of factory prototypes on the grid, then try to understand why the CRT's where introduced (as flawed as those are).
Originally Posted by TICTOC
People whinged it was boring when Doohan was winning consecutive titles every year, yet loved it when Rossi was doing the same: I see these two cases as fundamentally the same. People will always see things differently. The differences are what makes life interesting.
If you seen both, it's simple to understand the difference.
Doohan was all agression, all ambition, all business and little joy. Effective but blunt, almost bitter.
Rossi was (and is) the anti-hero and anti-cliche rider, never seen before, unconventional, a revolution. Pure unadultered joy of racing or, to put it simple - fun.
You may like him or you may not, but that is undeniable.
I can only recall three riders like Rossi in my whole life - Barry Sheene, Kevin Schwantz and Marco Simoncelli. Enough said.