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The day Honda was denied its MotoGP dream team

On this day in 2012, Casey Stoner dropped the bombshell that he'd be retiring at the end of the season. On that Thursday afternoon in France, the double MotoGP world champion shattered Honda's hopes of assembling the ultimate dream team for 2013 On 17 May 2012, MotoGP's greatest enigma shocked the world on the eve of the French Grand Prix when Casey Stoner announced his retirement from racing at the age of just 27, despite having only just entered his seventh season in the premier class. It's a suject that still prompts much discussion and confusion to this day. Arguably the most naturally talented rider to have ever graced a circuit, Stoner's immensely short MotoGP career was a whirlwind...
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