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Stoner plays down chances of dream ending

'I think it's going to be tough to make it six in a row, but we'll definitely be there, even if they have to duct-tape me to the bike' - Casey Stoner
MotoGP superstar Casey Stoner has talked down his chances of a six-in-a-row coup at his home round at Phillip Island in Australia next month.

The Repsol Honda rider, recuperating following an operation on his right ankle, revealed he hopes to be back on the factory RC213V at Motegi in Japan on October 14 before competing at Sepang in Malaysia (October 21) prior to the Australian MotoGP at the end of October.

Stoner, who suffered the injury following a crash at Indianapolis last month, would love to bring the curtain down on his short but illustrious career with a sixth successive triumph at Phillip Island before retiring at the end of the season.

However, the 26-year-old-old feels the fairy tale ending his fans crave could be beyond even his reach at the penultimate round of the championship on October 28.

“I think it's going to be tough to make it six in a row, but we'll definitely be there, even if they have to duct-tape me to the bike,” Stoner told Australian TV broadcaster Channel Seven.

“I'll definitely be lining up for that one. I'm hoping to get back for a couple before that, but we'll se how things go and cross the fingers we can be back there.”

Stoner also revealed that he is seeking a switch to the V8 Supercar Championship, enthusiastically declaring his ambition to try his hand at car racing.

“I'm hoping to; it's been a long time dream of mine,” was Stoner's response after he was asked if he would contest the series in the near future.

“Just recently I've shown more interest. It's been around since I've been 12 or 14 years old. I've had a huge passion for V8s.




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pp - Unregistered

September 19, 2012 11:07 AM

Having riders that are not Italian or Spanish is good for Motogp. Having a top dog from downunder, is a rare thing to see in MotoGP. It's going take a while before we see another Stoner from Australia. Arthur Sissis is a contender, but is having a disappointing Moto3 season. Still to early to call on that one

Seriously! - Unregistered

September 19, 2012 11:20 AM

Casey was stating earlier that he'd be taking a step back for a while to spend some time with his daughter and wife. Now he's talking up V8 supercars as if it's something he'll be doing pretty soon. The difference is between the two classes are like chalk and cheese. MotoGP is world class, the other is small world Aussie manufactured racing. By that I mean.....If one manufacturer (Holden or Ford) starts to gain such an advantage that the other has no hope, the rules/regulations are changed to even up the competition. And Casey doesn't like the politics of racing.....sheeeshhhhhh!



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