'The better weekend I had, the more I wanted to die' - Casey Stoner

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Casey Stoner arrived as a full-time rider on the world calendar in the 2002 season, and reached the MotoGP class in 2006 when he rode for Honda LCR that year. The following season, he moved to Ducati and was immediately crowned champion there, only to be crowned champion again later with the Honda factory team, he is one of the riders who have conquer the championship with two different manufactures.

However, the rider's career was a painful one in physical terms. As the former rider told the GypsyTalesPodcast, the Australian even had moments of not wanting to race given how unwell he was for a weekend.

'[...] And then race day, literally for years until probably my last two years of racing MotoGP, the better weekend I had, the more I wanted to die, I would literally be killed up in the motorhome floor or whatever. Sick as a dog, just stomach in knots, I did not want to race. I could not feel any worse', declared the rider who is the only Ducati champion to date.

The rider continued: 'I felt the pressure from, the team, from everyone that had ever helped me all the rest of it. You've got a team of up to 70 people there with hospitalities and all that sort of stuff. Sometimes over a hundred, to be honest, I couldn't tell you the exact numbers. And especially when you were the number one rider and everyone's expecting you to win [...].'

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