Stoner's life after MotoGP

Stoner's life after MotoGP

Few sportsmen ever reach the pinnacle of their sport; fewer still opt to walk away just as they achieve it. For Casey Stoner though, leaving MotoGP – and switching to four wheels – is all about rediscovering his passion, as he tells Sam Tremayne

The images retain a sense of startling triumph. Casey Stoner, in his first year with Honda, stands atop his home podium. Sixteen races have yielded 11 poles, nine wins and now, a second MotoGP world championship, all on the day he turns 26. The world, seemingly, is at his feet.

The problem was, somewhere en route to achieving his childhood dreams, Stoner had fallen out of love with the sport even as he excelled in it. Thirteen years on the road may have been met with 33 wins and now two world championships, but it also wore away the romanticism of the competition. The fairytale held for everyone but the man at its centre.

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