Australian MotoGP legend Casey Stoner has opened up about his battle with chronic fatigue syndrome, conceding the disease “is destroying me”.
Stoner, 35, revealed last year he was fighting the health battle after retiring from motorsport in 2012.
But speaking to Spanish newspaper El Mundo this week, Stoner said he had been left flattened after failing to overcome the disease, revealing he felt he started each day with just 50 per cent energy.
“It’s been months in which I felt that my body was deteriorating for no apparent reason: I went to train and came back burst,” Stoner said.
“I thought that I would find a way to cure it, that I would train more than anyone else and I would have moved on, but I was wrong.
“The truth is that this disease is destroying me and I cannot manage it.
“Now I am a little better, I have learned to manage my energies. I start the day at 50 per cent and the energy goes down until I feel empty.”
Stoner won two World Championships in 2007 and 2011 as he ascended to the top of the sport with Ducati and Honda.
But the Queenslander said his post-retirement battle had virtually ended his days of riding, even at a leisurely level with his family.
“All this has made me rethink my life. On fine days I take the opportunity to play with my daughters and if anything I’m going to play golf,” he said.
“I’ve only ridden a motorcycle twice in the last two years and went fishing… well, I don’t even know when was the last time I went there.”
Last month, Stoner announced he had joined forces with Emerge Australia to help raise awareness and funding for Chronic Fatigue sufferers.