Earlier this week, Stoner – the 2007 and 2011 MotoGP world champion – informed the Gypsy Tales podcast that he battled with nervousness by way of his racing profession, which was solely lately formally identified.
Stoner revealed that for a lot of his racing profession, the extra profitable he was throughout a weekend, “the extra I wished to die”, as his nervousness badly affected him.
The Australian retired on the finish of 2012 aged simply 27 having solely raced within the premier class for seven years.
Dovizioso – who was team-mates with Stoner at Honda in 2011 – says he was “not too shocked” to listen to of Stoner’s plight, as it’s one thing that has affected many a racer.
“Yeah, what each rider feels no person is aware of, and each rider lives the race in a very totally different manner – for a lot of causes,” RNF Racing rider Dovizioso stated in Malaysia on Friday.
“I’m not too shocked as a result of if you happen to observe numerous tales of the most effective sportsmen on this planet, numerous them have issues otherwise.
“However that is the strain of high-pressure sport, or the consequence of household issues.
“However all the pieces is on the restrict, so each sportsman has numerous strain and lives this example not in as good a manner as everyone thinks more often than not.
“So, I’m not shocked. Each story is totally different, however I observe numerous sports activities and numerous motocross riders, and numerous motocross riders retire earlier than 30 they usually had been successful all the pieces.
“It seems like if you happen to race for 20 years and also you received numerous issues, to handle the strain yearly turns into worse and worse for that sort of athlete.
“It’s one thing that’s a bit unusual, however occurs many instances.
“So, It’s one of many causes athletes retired nonetheless when they’re very aggressive or have a giant contract in hand. However that is the fact.”
Andrea Dovizioso, RNF Racing
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When requested by Autosport how a lot social media impacts the strain racers really feel now, he added: “For certain the social media now impacts rather more than up to now.
“I don’t suppose when Casey had these issues, social media was that essential as it’s now.
“Nevertheless it’s all about how essential the championship is, how many individuals observe and it’s associated to strain.
“I feel whenever you win numerous issues and also you present how robust you’re, this creates an odd state of affairs the place it’s important to be in that temper each time you race.
“And that I feel, for that sort of athlete, turns into troublesome.
“It’s nearly unattainable to remain in that degree for a very long time, and if you find yourself used to successful and it [starts to] develop into a bit tougher, there may be some motive, it’s troublesome to deal with.
“And in my view this is the reason that occurs.”