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Simon Calls BS On Stoner
by staff
Monday, February 04, 2013

The MotoGP paddock has remained silent while retired World Champion Casey Stoner continued to spew bile with rants about the misguided direction of the sport, about fans spitting on him and trying to knock him from his scooter in the paddock and about how the MotoGP community forgot about Marco Simoncelli a month after his death.

One rider finally called bullsh*t on Stoner, but it wasn't one of his former competitors in the premier class.

Moto2 podium finisher and 2009 125cc World Champion Julian Simon told Spanish media he disagrees with Stoner's assessment of the state of MotoGP.

"The truth is that I don't share Stoner's view," Simon said. "I do not think people have forgotten a rider like Simoncelli nor (Daijiro) Kato and (Shoya) Tomizawa, and hopefully it will never happen again.

"I do not understand. Stoner has done so much for bikes, but bikes also have done a lot for him." It's a well known fact that Stoner and his family at one time were living in little more than a shack yards away from a go-cart track before he left to seek fame and fortune in motorcycle racing. It makes one wonder--does Stoner appreciate the life that motorcycle racing has given him, or does he resent it all?

Simon also doubts Stoner's claims of never returning to MotoGP unless there are significant - yet never specified - changes to the World Championship.

"If not full time, then sporadically," Simon said. "You'll see."

Media already is speculating that HRC will provide a wild-card RC213V for Stoner this October at Phillip Island, where the Australian is unbeaten since 2007.

Stoner has made no comment about this speculation. But if he denies it through the media or Twitter, then bank on seeing the mighty Casey back in Repsol leathers on home soil this fall. After all, Stoner denied reports of his retirement and then two weeks later announced he was quitting. Stoner also denied last month he had signed a V8 Supercars deal and one week later announced the deal.

ENDS

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