Retiring reigning MotoGP champion Casey Stoner has ruled out a switch to the Australian V8 Supercar Championship next season.

Stoner is a keen follower of the series, tested for TeamVodafone during the winter and has previously said the V8 championship is "something I'll definitely be interested to do in the future."

However that won't be in 2013.

"Am I going to race V8s next year? No, I'm going to stay home and watch my little girl grow up for a while," Australia's The Age quotes Stoner as saying.

"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."

Stoner will be just 27 when he retires from MotoGP at the end of this year.

The Repsol Honda rider has eight races in which to bridge a 32-point gap to 2012 title leader Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha) if he is to secure a third and final crown.


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