Stoner has absolutely dominated out on the track during the Sepang tests. Despite continually being asked if he’s going to come back, Stoner maintains that his decision is set in stone.
Former Ducati racer Casey Stoner was present in Sepang during the MotoGP test to help aid team Ducati in obtaining as much data as possible for the upcoming season. And boy did he. Despite having to cut his day a bit short due to poor weather conditions, he managed to set the pace with a fastest lap time of 1:59.580 Stoner was directly followed by fellow Ducati rider Andrea Dovizioso who came in at a close 1:59:680.
— Casey Stoner (@Official_CS27) February 1, 2017
While Stoner did not participate in the second day of testing for Ducati, it does beg the question: why the hell isn’t this guy out there racing? Maybe the fact that he’s only called in to test ride for Ducati really lets him build up that spunk that he needs to go balls-to-the-wall crazy out on two wheels. Even Vinales – the top pace setter for Movistar Yamaha on Day 2 at Sepang – made comments about how he doesn’t get why Stoner isn’t out there tearing it up with the rest of them. Well let’s check out what he’s got to say on the matter:
“People said I was retiring just because I’d lost my speed, and that wasn’t the truth. I didn’t retire because I wasn’t fast enough. I’m not interested in going back to racing, I see you all for short periods, and we get to enjoy each other’s company, and then I get to go home, so it’s great!”
– Casey Stoner
If that isn’t a definitive stance on the matter I don’t know what it. I know I’ve said that you can never be sure with racers / riders in Motorsports – they always seem to pop out of retirement; but I just don’t know if that’ll ever be the case for Stoner.