Casey Stoner Fishing, Not Racing


What Happens When Recovery Includes 4000km Fishing Trips

1:36pm EST — While Valentino Rossi may be missing the presence of Casey Stoner on the grid, if only to put someone between himself and teammate Jorge Lorenzo, Stoner himself has been recovering at home in Australia.  Stoner sat out the races at Brno, Indianapolis, and Misano because of what was a difficult to diagnose illness that left him exhausted and vomiting during and after races.  Stoner himself explained that doctors said he had suffered from a virus in Barcelona and did not recover fully.  Still, much of the motorcycle roadracing world has been wondering how his recovery has been, and if he would return to racing this season, if at all.  Stoner is scheduled to return for the next race, October 4 in Portugal.

The recovery seems to be doing the young champion well, as he and a cousin traveled 4000 km north to Darwin for some fishing and camping, as reported by the Northern Territory News Tuesday.  “I feel I’m getting better up here, and my appetite has really come back…We caught lots of fish, saw huge crocs and amazing birdlife – it was just like I expected Top End barra fishing to be,” said Stoner in the article.  Such a trip will likely lead to questions wondering whether Stoner is physically recovering, and if a recovery is possible for fishing trips, will it also work for races, or is the famously prickly 23-year-old just too burnt out from a very long racing career.

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