‘IT’S A CRYING SHAME CASEY WON’T RACE’
Casey Stoner is a magician on two wheels. At Sepang he jumped on the bike for the first time since he tested at the Red Bull Ring back in July and broke the lap record.
And while that shows just how naturally talented he is, it also highlighted how much of a crying shame it is that we’re denied the chance to see what would happen if he took to the track against a resurgent Rossi, Lorenzo on the other side of the garage at Ducati, and the one rider who he’s never gone head-to-head with – reigning champ Marc Marquez.
Able to do the thing that he loves best – riding a full-factory GP bike flat-out, while avoiding that which he detests – dealing with the media commitments of a factory racer – the Australian really has the best of both worlds with his Ducati deal.
Which must mean one of the biggest regrets his former bosses at Honda have ever had is their rejection of his offer to return as a wildcard for the injured Dani Pedrosa in the opening days of the 2015 season. After all, who knows what would have happened had Stoner been bitten by the racing bug again?