Stoner calls time on supercars
STAYING HOME FOR A WHILE: MotoGP champion Casey Stoner and his wife Adriana when he was still racing MotoGP. Now he's also giving V8-racing a rest. Image: AFP
Author: Sudipto Ganguly
Former double MotoGP World champion Casey Stoner's transition from racing bikes to cars will be a short-lived one after the Australian made it clear he wanted to take a break from competition at the end of 2013.
The 27-year-old, World champion for Ducati in 2007 and for Honda four years later, retired at the end of the 2012 season saying he no longer enjoyed motorcycle racing.
Stoner subsequently moved into the second tier of Australian V8 Supercar racing, driving on a one-year contract for Red Bull, but has failed to make an impact, managing just one top-10 finish after 14 rounds of the 19-race season.
"I will probably do some car racing here and there," Stoner was quoted by Australia media as saying at a function in Brisbane on Friday (Sept 13). "To be honest, after this year, I realised I wanted to get away from competition for a little while."
Stoner had fuelled speculation of a return to motorcycling by agreeing to test for Honda in Japan but the team made it clear there were no plans for the Australian to ride as a wild card at any races - at least in 2013.