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Stoner: I’m not finishing here

Those hoping that Stoner will follow in the recent footsteps of F1 world champions Michael Schumacher and Kimi Raikkonen by returning to action a few years down the line are also likely to be disappointed.

“This sport would have to take dramatic changes for me to even consider coming back. I can never say never, but honestly I have no thoughts at this time of ever coming back,” he said.

The Valencia Grand Prix will be held from November 9-11, when Stoner will be chasing a 39th and last MotoGP win. A Valencia victory would also match new double champion Lorenzo and runner-up Pedrosa for six wins this year.

Two days later the likes of Lorenzo and Pedrosa will be back on track testing their 2013 bikes, while Stoner - who made his MotoGP debut in 2006 - will be starting retirement.

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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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