Podcast Recommendation: Rusty's Garage - Greg Rust Talks To Casey Stoner

Despite being retired now for seven seasons, Casey Stoner continues to fascinate MotoGP fans. Perhaps precisely because he did retire at the end of 2012, at the relatively tender age of 27. Stoner has never been keen on the media, but on rare occasions, grants a brief insight into what is going on in his world.

So it was a delight to discover that Stoner has spoken to Australian broadcaster and journalist Greg Rust, on his Rusty's Garage podcast. The conversation is in two parts, of around 40 minutes each. It spans the entirety of Stoner's career, from the very early beginnings in Australia, through the heights of MotoGP, to his retirement, racing in V8 Supercars, testing with Honda and Ducati, and his present life away from racing.

Both parts of the interview are well worth a listen. Stoner clearly trusts Greg Rust, and is very frank about his life and career then and now. The first part covers Stoner's early career all the way up to his time with Ducati in MotoGP. He talks about his motivation, what drove him to focus so hard on racing, and what drove him to try to succeed. Stoner talks about the sense of shame he felt when he didn't succeed, and how that forced him to try to improve. 

Stoner gives fascinating insights into the mental side of racing, of working out what works and what doesn't, and how building a base of fitness and skill through training helps carry you through the hard times and towards success. 

Stoner also talks at length about the difference between road racing and dirt track, how he made the transition, and goes through the many people who inspired and helped him through some incredibly tough times. He also discusses the sudden onset lactose intolerance in 2009, and how the way that Ducati handled that situation pushed him toward Honda. And he talks about the different bikes he rode, and how the Ducati 800 was a very difficult bike to ride.

In the second part, Stoner talks about how the commercial side of racing had pushed him toward retirement, about the many sponsor duties made racing difficulty. Perhaps the most fascinating part of the interview is when Stoner goes into deep detail of how he managed to go so fast through Turn 3 at Phillip Island, a corner which now bears his name. 

Stoner also talks about the severity of the injuries he has suffered through the years. About a shoulder injury he picked up very early in his dirt track career, which he carried through his racing, about the ankles he destroyed in the 2012 season, which prevent him from running to this day. 

Stoner discusses his rivalry with Valentino Rossi, how it started and how he saw Rossi's attempts to stoke that rivalry. He talks about what he learned from that rivalry, and how it made him stronger after 2008. He talks about his time in V8 Supercars. And he finishes up talking about the chronic fatigue he is suffering, and his pursuit of a cure.

It is a fascinating interview, and well worth a listen.

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Viva the 27!

Thank you, loved the first part and can't wait to get the rest. I like how straightforward Casey is, as usual.

A great find thanks David. He's as straight shooting as ever. Let's hope he can beat his health issues. I'd loved to have heard his opinion on JL retiring - I'd bet he would congratulate him for getting out while still in one piece. 

Greg's podcast is a great listen to in general.  The 3 part series on NZ based rider Graeme Crosby from a far less PC time is well worth a listen, as was Victor Bray (Australian drag racing legend).  The episode with Steve Parrish is a fantastic laugh.  Some others which I thoroughly enjoyed and recommend include; Jonathan Rea, Mick Doohan, Toby Price, Jeremy Burgess, Troy Bayliss.  Some real industry icons.  Greg's interviewing technique and familiarity with his guests really invites them to open up.

I still have Casey's #27 800 Ducati 2007 and Loris' #65 990 2005 replica models all dusty in my living room on display. Ducati do have a bad habit of treating their great riders fairly shitty. Dovi is probably next in line. Rossi was never a great Ducati rider and nor was Hayden. Anyway it was a great podcast and thoroughly enjoyable. Casey, as straight and forthright a shooter as ever. Health issues and chronic fatigue? Maybe there is some merit to the axiom that some superlative athletes are chucked into the deep end far too young. Casey sounds pretty much wrecked physically given his commentary. Jorge Lorenzo was equally brilliant as a racer and had to bail out rather than risk a Rainey scenario. Fond memories of both the retirerees.  For sure #27 and #99 were two of the best and appeared to get on very well as vicious, yet very fair competitors on and off track. Salute! and all the best to both of you.







Fascinating interview, covering the entirety of his career, thanks very much!
To hear him detail how he went through Phillip Island's T3 (now Casey Stoner corner) at 258 kph was f**king jaw-dropping.
That and discussing his rivalry with VR46 was telling. Hearing how he would not change a thing about the past was interesting and refreshing.
Also why testing at Motegi was a bit of a waste.
Vintage Casey Stoner, telling it from his perspective with great honesty and clarity. Hope he figures out his health issues.

Some great insights there.  Also really great that we are getting podcasts that allow riders to talk at depth of their early careers and the struggles with inferior machinery or tyres.  Things they clearly were under contract not to talk about when they were competing.  Puts a whole new perspective on some riders results at times of their career. Eugene Laverty does a good podcast on that topic with riders and drivers around the world (its called PrePro).

Rusty also had an interview in that podcast series with J Burgess and in that interview, JB mentions that Casey would often chat to him out front of the pits when Casey was riding 125's and 250's and that Yamaha were very interested in taking Casey on but that it was squashed by Rossi. No wonder Casey was always a little cynical when dealing with the Rossi world.  Who could blame him?


He also has Doohan and JB. Well worth a listen. Rust is not a bad commentator too. Not too hyped up, knowledgeable enough and lets the experts do the talking. He’s teamed with Darryl Beattie on Australian tv coverage.