Motorsport: MotoGP lost my respect - Stoner

Former world Moto GP champion Casey Stoner says he is ready to settle down to a new life at home after "losing respect" for the sport in a magazine interview published today.

The Australian, who won two world titles in motorcycling's most prestigious category in 2007 and 2011, shocked the sport earlier this year when he announced his decision to retire at the end of the season.

A week after winning at the Phillip Island circuit where Spain's Jorge Lorenzo secured the 2012 title, Stoner is looking forward to the simple things in life like helping his wife and daughter with the chores.

And although the 27-year-old says he could keep one eye on the racing, he does not agree with the direction the sport has taken.

"The problem is not my passion, it's the passion which is missing on the circuit (championship), the one I found as a kid and which made me commit to the sport all these years," Stoner told www.panorama.it.

"There are many reasons why I'm quitting - one day I will explain everything."

Stoner earlier this season complained of slower speeds on some circuits and said in an interview with Australian Motorcycle News he would prefer a return to a purer form of racing from the 500cc days.

He added in the panorama interview: "If I had to say in a few words, I'd say I've lost my respect for the championship and I don't really agree with the direction it has taken."

Asked if he would ever change his mind, Stoner said: "Never say never, but I don't think so. The championship would have to undergo radical changes.

"And I don't make decisions so easily. I'm very thoughtful and when I make a decision I usually stick to it."

Stoner's farewell race will be this Sunday in Valencia, when he will wave goodbye to a career which began at a young age in Queensland and led him to move to the United Kingdom to pursue his dream.

Although only 27-years-old, Stoner says he is happy to replace the hustle and bustle of the sport, including the stress of travelling, to spend more time with his wife and daughter Alessandra Maria.

"They are my life and from next week I can finally give them all the time they deserve," he said.

"I've not made plans. I don't know if we will remain in Switzerland (where he lives) or in Australia. But I will easily give up the stress of travelling.

"And lending a hand with the chores is not something that scares me."

- AFP

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