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Casey Stoner to ride at Australian MotoGP, but…

1 October 2013

Casey Stoner, who retired from MotoGP at the end of last season, will be back on track during his home Australian Grand Prix weekend.

But he won't be racing.

Instead the double world champion, unbeaten at Phillip Island from 2007-2012, will join fellow Australian world champions Wayne Gardner and Mick Doohan for a lap of honour.

“The 2012 Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix was a fairytale ending to my MotoGP career,” said 27-year-old Stoner.

“It will be nice to take to the track with Mick and Wayne this year without the pressure of competing. I look forward to enjoying it and mixing with the fans that have supported me throughout my career.”

Stoner, Doohan and Gardner all have sections of the Phillip Island circuit named in their honour.

“Casey has set Phillip Island alight, and thrilled our fans, time and time again. Seeing him one more time on his favourite track flanked by Mick and Wayne will be a unique and electrifying opportunity for fans of all ages,” said Australian Grand Prix Corporation chief executive officer Andrew Westacott.

The parade will be held moments before the start of the MotoGP race on October 20.

Gardner and Doohan are also looking forward to the occasion.

“It's always a great pleasure to ride the Phillip Island Circuit. I have enjoyed many special moments there and riding with Casey and Mick will certainly add to this list,” said 1987 title winner Gardner, Australia's first premier-class world champion.

Five time 500cc champion Doohan added: “Casey's return to Phillip Island is big news for MotoGP fans. The crowd will undoubtedly love it and I look forward to playing my part.

“MotoGP is enjoying great success around the world at the moment with the next generation of legends emerging. We are witnessing a new era for the sport and I encourage fans to make the trip to Phillip Island next month for what promises to be a great event.”

Stoner will be taking part in his latest Honda test, to help with development of next year's factory and privateer grand prix machines, at Motegi later this week.


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