MotoGP, Stoner at the next MotoGP race at Austin
Casey Stoner will attend the next MotoGP race set for April 11-13 at Austin. The former World Champion is expected on race-day but he could arrive earlier. It will be the second time, after his retirement, that he visits the paddock, the first time having been last October on occasion of “his” Phillip Island GP, when Carmelo Ezpeleta inducted him as a MotoGP Legend.
There is nothing unusual in this, in theory. The MotoGP paddock often welcomes former riders who want to visits old friends and to watch the races. They are not Stoner, anyway. When the Australian quit racing, he left the MotoGP world slamming the door and when he attended the MotoGP Legend Ceremony last year, he left the paddock before the Sunday race. And now, out of the blue, he decided to fly to the MotoGP race in the USA.
This year Casey is taking a real sabbatical having quit both the V8 Supercars races and the testing sessions for Honda but, not 29 years old yet, maybe he is not ready for complete inactivity.
He has a lot of hobbies from fishing to bowhunting. A few days ago he showed his fans via twitter the last bow he bought and Cal Crutchlow, mercilessly ironical as usual, wrote him back: “WTF ? Looks great! I have many journalists lined up if you can bring it to Austin ! You can go first”.
“I could arrange it ;) ” Stoner smiled back.
Jokes aside, Stoner attending a MotoGP race is quite an unusual event and it could even suggest that the Australian is not excluding an amazing comeback. Of course he doesn’t need to visit the paddock to find a ride.
HRC vice-president Shuhei Nakamoto has said more than once that there will always be a bike for Stoner. A Marc Marquez - Casey Stoner line-up would be a dream for every manager in the field.
To say it all, having him on-board would be a dream for every Factory. The Ducati’s fans never stopped to idolize him and with the Desmosedici possibly out of the tunnel, this match also would be a dream scenario. Not to say how much the speed, the talent and the experience of the Australian could help Suzuki in his 2015 comeback.
These are all speculations, no doubts, but to imagine Stoner flying to the USA GP just as a simple tourist sounds weird as well.Translated by Federica De Zottis.