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Stoner: I’m not finishing here

“I can't ask for a better way to end my career in Australia, but at the same time I'm not finishing here” – Casey Stoner.
Casey Stoner isn't tempted to change his mind about racing in the final MotoGP round at Valencia, or retirement, after a stunning sixth successive home Australian victory on Sunday.

The 27-year-old double world champion said farewell to his home fans in perfect fashion at Phillip Island, dominating every session at a circuit that had named Turn Three in his honour.

After the race, fans flooded onto the start finish-straight to hail 'King Casey' on the podium for a final time at home.

It was Stoner's first win since before his ankle injuries at Indianapolis, in mid-August, and some felt that the Repsol Honda star might decide there was little to be gained by attending the upcoming Valencia finale.

“I'm here to finish the season out. Not just my home grand prix,” said Stoner, now confirmed as third in the championship despite missing three events. “I wasn't just planning to come back for this race alone, but as many races as I could before the end of the season.

“We didn't get the results we wanted at the last two races, but got our strength back and things worked more smoothly around here. It was fantastic and I can't ask for a better way to end my career in Australia, but at the same time I'm not finishing here.

“I'm going to Valencia to try and get another good result, but I know it'll be a very different story.”

The only rider to win a MotoGP title for Ducati also ruled out any change of heart regarding his decision to retire, but did admit he will miss the thrill of racing against the likes of Jorge Lorenzo and Dani Pedrosa.

“I'm very comfortable with my decision. I'm not changing my mind every couple of minutes,” he said of retirement. “Definitely some aspects I'm going to miss - the actually racing.

“I have so much respect for Dani and Jorge. I've been racing them my whole career. We've been challenging each other and fighting with each other for so many years.

“There will definitely be something missing inside sometimes, but I'll still get to watch them and I'll come to some grands prix to enjoy it.”

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October 30, 2012 3:25 AM

With title for 2012 over, I'm hoping for a really great race between Lorenzo, Pedrosa and Stoner with nothing to lose now. It's the home track to both Lorenzo & Pedrosa (being in Spain) and so they are racing for pride in front of their fans while it is Stoner's last race in MotoGP. It should be epic :)

Nate Doggius - Unregistered

October 30, 2012 4:39 AM

Hmm... We may see him back one day In Motogp but it'll most likely be on a Honda, a distant second and third being Yamaha and Suzuki. I think Ducati burnt that bridge fairly comprehensively. Stoner was always wry sensitive and talk from the paddock had always been how offended he was by ducatis lack of support when he was riding while being ill through most of 2009. He's a touchy fellow so I doubt we'll ever see him on a duc again.

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