Casey Stoner retired at the end of the 2012 season having won two MotoGP titles: one with Ducati , in 2007, and one with Honda , in 2011.
After hanging up his helmet, the Australian worked as a test driver for Honda and Ducati until 2018, and also made some races in the Supercars championship of his country.
The one from Southport visited the MotoGP paddock at the last majors of 2021 and took the opportunity to say that aerodynamics is basically turning the championship into Formula 1 and assured that it has contributed to an increase in costs.
He also felt that the common electronics for the entire grid should be modified to make the bikes more difficult to ride.
“I would love for my opinion on the technical regulations to be taken into account,” Stoner said. “Obviously, it would be controversial, but I think there are elements that are not needed. Of course, it is not a security problem, they are just raising the price and [putting] everything through the roof.”
“We’re trying to make things more profitable, And yet one of the elements that we have now is going to transform this into F1 and the costs are going through the roof.”
“So I would like some parts to go away. Also when it comes to electronics, I think there must be a big reduction. I think it was in 2016 or so they brought a common ECU , it was better than the previous year. So no It was the step back that everyone thought it was going to be.”
Pecco Bagnaia, Ducati Team, with Casey Stoner
“Honestly, I think we need to take a step back. I want to see them drift, I want to see people struggle with grip coming out of corners, start the race very well but because of the tire choice maybe they back up and start going slower”.
“All that would happen with some different regulations, it wouldn’t take much. I think overtaking would be better than now because it wouldn’t be just braking. There would be someone who would make a little mistake at the start and someone could pass him.”
“The set-up of the bike would be much more critical as well. I think if they changed a few things the racing would be amazing.”
Stoner was very critical of the direction that MotoGP was taking in 2012 with the CRT regulations, which ended up paving the way for the implementation of the current electronics and which has helped make MotoGP so even.
Following that change in 2016, nine drivers won races that season, nine did so again in 2020 and eight drivers shared wins in 2021 – both factory and satellite drivers, as well as five of the six manufacturers.
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