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Motorsport | MotoGP

Casey Stoner © Gallo Images

Puppets in the MotoGP world - Stoner



Casey Stoner is adamant he won't return to MotoGP unless there is a dramatic change as he doesn't want to be a part of the "puppet" show.

The Australian walked away from the sport at the end of last season having claimed two World Championships and 38 race victories in the premier class.

And although his final season in MotoGP ended with more of a whimper than a bang given the severe ankle injury he suffered at Indianapolis, the 27-year-old insists that was not the cause of his retirement.

"Injuries weren't any part of why I retired, or that I wanted to do new things," Stoner told the Sunday Telegraph. "Family wasn't a part of it either.

"I just fell out of love with the sport."

The disillusioned Stoner spoke of a "lack of respect from a lot of people around the sport.

"We got spat at (by fans), they tried to knock us off scooters going from the motor homes to the pits, everything like that.

"Unfortunately they didn't like my honesty in the paddock. That was part of it, but more it was the direction of the sport.

"We lost a rider a couple of years ago (Marco Simoncelli) and within a month it was like it never happened. They want to see biff and barge and they don't realise our lives are on the line.

"We became puppets in that world and it had nothing to do with racing."

The Aussie, who will race V8 supercars in the Dunlop series this season, says he has "no intentions of going back" to MotoGP but concedes that if he sees it "changing dramatically, to the point that it is interesting, there is every chance" he could consider a comeback.

But, he added, "the way I see it going, there is no chance."

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