Casey Stoner announced he will race V8 Supercars in Australia after signing on to contest the Dunlop Series with Red Bull and Triple Eight Racing.
As everyone’s been wondering what former MotoGP champion Casey Stoner was going to do after hanging up his leathers this past season, it’s now official that the Aussie rider will race V8 Supercars. He recently signed a one year contract with Red Bull and Triple Eight Racing to contest the Dunlop Series in Australia. He’ll line up for the first time during the Clipsal 500 Adelaide in less than a month, piloting a car used by Jamie Whinecup during the 2011 series.
In a recent interview with The Daily Telegraph in Australia, Stoner revealed his long standing interest in V8 racing, saying it developed in his teens but was sidelined due to his commitment to motorcycle racing. He’s had limited time behind the wheel, but has been testing in Australia on track and in simulators, according to the Telegraph.
Stoner scored two MotoGP titles and was a constant competitor for podiums in two-wheeled racing, but his frustrations with the sport proved to be too great, forcing him to retire at the height of his career. He offered these thoughts back in May of 2012 when he first announced his plans to step down.
“This has come after a long time of thinking and talking with my family and my wife,” he said. “It’s been coming for a couple of years now. At the end of this season I will finish my career in MotoGP and follow different things in my life. After so many years of doing the sport I love, for which myself and my family have made so many sacrifices, this sport has changed a lot and it’s changed to the point where I’m not enjoying it. I don’t have the passion for it, so it’s better if I retire now.”
He elaborated in the Telegraph, saying that much of his decision to leave came from what happened behind the scenes in MotoGP, and from a feeling that riders weren’t as respected by fans or officials as he felt they should be.
In a recent tweet, Stoner voiced his excitement about the move to V8 racing with Red Bull, “very happy to have a chance to race with @redbullracingAU in the Dunlop Series this year. Looking forward (to) getting on track at Clipsa!”