Since retiring from MotoGP in 2012, Casey Stoner has been taking things easy, which you'd expect seeing as he's been racing since childhood and with two world championship titles under his belt.

The Australian was speaking to Greg Rust who runs Rusty's Podcast about his health battles since retiring from bike racing -

I don’t have any first memory of being on a bike. It all comes from what I see on photos

Casey stoner

"I’ve really had some health issues in these last years,” as he admits he’s struggling with his memory, “I don’t have any first memory of being on a bike. It all comes from what I see on photos. I don’t remember a passion, a feeling or excitement”.

The Australian rider reflects on his fatigue issues of 2009, which were later linked to a lactose intolerance diagnosis, “I was struggling that year, vomiting after every race, I just couldn’t physically ride the bike anymore. We had no idea, I’d been through every doctor imaginable trying to figure it out”.

Stoner then revealed “I’m actually struggling with some chronic fatigue at the moment, which is not good. Since about August or September last year it hit me. I realised something was wrong when golf was becoming a really physical sport for me. I’ve been on and off different tablets to try to combat that and get me through the day a little bit more.”

The fatigue has hit so hard that the rider, who was once competing with the best in the world, is now struggling to keep it up as a hobbyist, "I haven't been out [karting] in over a year now," he told podcast host Greg Rust, "I don't have the energy to go out there and do that for the day, it'll put me on the couch for another week.”

You can listen to Casey's full interview on Rusty's Podcast here

We'll remember Stoner most for his titanic battle at Laguna Seca in 2008 with Valentino Rossi

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