Casey Stoner’s ideas for a better MotoGP


Former MotoGP champion Casey Stoner appeared in the paddock for the first time in three and a half years last season. “I was in the paddock for the last time in Mugello in 2018,” said the Australian. “I haven’t been here for far too long. This was my world for many years. I know a lot of people here. Many of them are good friends and like family to me.”

The coronavirus pandemic prevented Stoner from paying MotoGP last year. “Australia only recently opened its borders again,” explains the two-time world champion, who was a guest at the two final races in Portimao and Valencia.

Of course, Stoner followed the MotoGP races as best he could. However, the current format does not meet with full approval. “I would like to have a say in the technical rules,” says Stoner and has specific ideas.

MotoGP development reminds Casey Stoner of Formula 1

“I think that there are things that are not necessary. These things do not help with safety, they just let the development costs go through the roof,” says Stoner, criticizing the development of aerodynamics through the flower.

“We have to try to make it cheaper. One of the elements now ensures a development like in Formula 1 and makes the costs explode. I would like to leave out some parts,” he says.

In recent years, the MotoGP winglets have been tinkered with diligently

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But aerodynamics isn’t the only area Stoner would like to limit. “There should also be cuts in electronics,” the world champion from 2007 and 2011 demands. “When the standard ECU came, it was still better than the electronics in the previous year. It wasn’t a step backwards. But everyone had expected that. “

Casey Stoner wants the driver to have more influence

“I think we have to take a step back,” muses Stoner, who would like more influence from the driver and less influence from the electronic helpers: “I want to see how the motorcycles slide. I want to see how the drivers make mistakes . I want the drivers to fight for grip and slide out of the corners. I want to see how drivers are stronger at the start of the race and then maybe fall behind due to their tire choice. “

Casey Stoner with Ducati spearhead Francesco Bagnaia

Photo: Ducati

“That would happen if we changed some rules. Not many changes would be necessary. The overtaking maneuvers would then be even better than now,” Stoner is convinced and justified: “There would then no longer be only overtaking maneuvers when braking. Now all drivers almost accelerate identical from the curves. “

Changing power relationships cause irritation

Despite the criticism of the regulations, Stoner is also convinced that MotoGP offered good motorsport in the past season. “It’s been an incredibly interesting season. Lots of different manufacturers and drivers made it onto the podium. The podium almost changed from week to week,” he said.

Casey Stoner is amazed at the fluctuations in some of the drivers

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“A few times the drivers you expected at the top had to fight all at once. Other drivers, however, came and won races, which you could not have expected before. It was a bit confusing at times,” said Stoner, confused.

“Personally, I would have liked more consistency from some of the riders. At the same time, the current format gives some riders the confidence to be at the front on certain weekends, which would not have been possible in the past,” says Stoner, comparing the current MotoGP with his era.

With images from Ducati.

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