2023’s top 3 – Pecco Bagnaia, Martin, and Bezzecchi point out KEY TRAITS that made Casey Stoner special

The Championship leader along with Jorge Martin and Marco Bezzecchi commented on Casey Stoner ahead of the Australian GP.


2023’s top 3 – Pecco Bagnaia, Martin, and Bezzecchi point out KEY TRAITS that made Casey Stoner special

Casey Stoner with Franceso Bagnaia, Jorge Martin, and Marco Bezzecchi (via imago)

MotoGP is headed to the iconic Phillip Island circuit for the next round of the 2023 World Championship. Ahead of the Australian Grand Prix, the current top 3 have commented on the most famous Australian rider in MotoGP, The two-time World Champion Casey Stoner. The trio hadn’t even debuted in the Premiere Class at the time of Stoner’s retirement from the sport. The youngster spoke about certain ‘key traits’ of the Iconic rider, ones that add to his brilliant racecraft.

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All three riders pointed out Stoner’s dominant era at the Phillip Island Circuit, which saw Stoner continuously win from 2007-12 – a six-year streak that only stopped because of the rider’s retirement in 2012. Francesco Bagnaia, the only other rider to win a Championship on a Ducati since Stoner’s 2007 Title, remembered Stoner’s Ducati years and the following Honda years.

He said [as reported by Crash.net], “He was incredible with the Ducati bike when he won the title, the bike was fast just with him. And the years after he was demonstrating that he was the only one able to go fast with the Ducati. When he arrived at Honda it was like everything easy for him. So I think his talent and his instinct were incredible.”

Jorge Martin added a point about the rider’s early retirement, “One of the greatest talents that we had in this sport, For sure if you are that fast compared to the rest, you have something special. I think it was a pity that he retired so soon.”Bezzecchi also shared his adoration for the Legend, adding just how dominant Stoner was at the Circuit, he said, “Everywhere he was incredible to watch, but here was something unbelievable. This track is already unbelievable and with his riding style, it was something very nice.”

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Pecco, whose Master is the Australian’s fierce rival, also exclaimed “He was able to pull away!” before pointing out how impossible it is to lead at Phillip Island – let alone think of pulling away. Stoner’s remembrance is quite apt for this Weekend as, in 2023, he still remains the only rider to have won the Title with a Honda and a Ducati. A certain Marc Marquez can make do with a notepad.

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Casey Stoner debuted at the LCR Honda Garage in 2006 before moving on to Ducati in 2007, where we won his first World Championship. The Australian’s second-ever season in the Premiere Class has been forever etched in the Sport’s history, he won 10 Grands Prix to claim the title with Ducati – becoming the first rider to do so. Stoner and his fabled rival Valentino Rossi battled it out as Gladiators in 2008, Rossi beat Stoner for the Title.

Francesco Bagnaia, and Marc Marquez (via imago)
Francesco Bagnaia, and Marc Marquez (via imago)

The rider struggled physically in 2009 because of his undiagnosed medical condition. Rossi’s departure from Yamaha caused a flurry of rider changes in big teams in 2010, Stoner had moved to Honda at the end of it. The following years displayed how Stoner was the only rider capable of riding the Ducati, this fact is often sighted to be the greatest marker of the rider’s excellence. Stoner won the 2010 World Championship with absolute ease with the RC213V, which was considered to be the best bike that season. A similar scenario awaits Marc Marquez.

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The Spaniard is bound towards the fastest bike after being the only rider capable of riding his current Honda in recent seasons. Casey Stoner’s riding style brought a revolution in the entire sport, prompting every other rider to adapt. Marc Marquez has repeated the exact same thing, the youngster who took over Stoner’s seat in 2013 has completely changed the entire grid’s riding style with his brilliant pace. It will be interesting to see who, between the two, will be more successful in their Debut seasons with the Dominant bike, Marquez has 9 Victories to beat.

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