Stoner: I will not race V8s in 2013
11 August 2012 – Casey Stoner has firmly dismissed any speculation that he will go touring car racing when he retires from MotoGP at the end of 2012. The Australian has been linked with Australia’s V8 Supercars series, but denies any such plans but to enjoy family life.
“Am I going to race V8s next year? No, I'm going to stay at home and watch my little girl grow up for a while,” 26-year-old Stoner, reigning Champion, told news agency AAP.
“I want to enjoy that moment when you don't have to go testing and prepare yourself perfectly for a race season. I want to enjoy myself and be free. Number one, I will enjoy my family and not have to stress about the next race.”
When quizzed over the idea of wildcard MotoGP entries next season, he replied:
“I'd have to think about it and I haven't thought about it too much. I just want to finish this year and do the best I can. I've had no second thoughts - I'm retiring from full-time racing.”
Stoner will be replaced at the Repsol Honda Team by Spaniard Marc Márquez, who will become the first rider to take advantage of the abolishment of the Rookie Rule; previously, this prevented competitors from heading to a MotoGP factory team directly from Moto2. He will begin the 2013 campaign two months after his 20th birthday.