Two-time world MotoGP champion, Casey Stoner is set to be inducted into the top motorcycling competition’s hall of fame as a “MotoGP Legend”, an official said Friday.
The Australian – who turns 28 next week – retired last year, Stoner won two world titles in 2007 and 2011 and joins fellow Australians Mick Doohan and Wayne Gardner in the sports Hall of Fame ::::
“He has been one of the best riders in the history of MotoGP,” said Carmelo Ezpeleta, the chief executive officer of Dorna, which runs MotoGP. “His skills are amazing, and he did something very special by winning two championships on two different makes, Ducati and Honda,” he added in a release Friday.
Stoner’s induction will take place next week at the Phillip Island Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix, Stoner won his championships on two different manufacturers, Ducati and Honda.
Stoner, who is racing at Bathurst this weekend has hinted that he could be drawn back to the bikes.
“If they got rid of electronics and increased the power a lot, maybe to 300 horsepower or a change to 750cc two-strokes, then I might consider coming back,” Stoner said. Stoner said, “I just want power and less of the things that makes that make it easy for everyone to ride the bikes so then I can have a ball. I don’t like electronics and traction control, I like to feel the power with the throttle.”
Stoner has confirmed that a fulltime V8 Supercar career is off the cards.
“I won’t race cars or bikes in 2014, I’m taking a year off which is what I should have down this year.” Stoner said “The V8 racing this year has been good fun and a challenge, it’s a lot easier than MotoGP. But the year hasn’t been what I hoped so I’m taking next year off.”
On 17 May 2012, during the pre-event press conference at the French Grand Prix, Stoner announced that he would retire from MotoGP at the end of the 2012 season. Stoner said he was no longer enjoying competing in the series, one of the contributing factors to his retirement.
After announcing his retirement from MotoGP, rumours persisted throughout the year that Stoner would debut in touring car racing in 2013, specifically the Australian V8 Supercars series.
Such a switch is a rare but not unprecedented move, fellow Australian world motorcycling champion Wayne Gardner retired from motorcycle racing in 1992 and made his touring car debut the following year.
The rumours intensified when V8 Supercars team Triple Eight Race Engineering announced that Red Bull – a long time Stoner sponsor – would be the major sponsor of the team with Stoner behind the wheel for the 2013 season. After numerous denials, in January 2013, Stoner announced that he would indeed move to touring car racing on a one year contract with Triple Eight Race Engineering. Stoner would race in the second tier Dunlop V8 Supercar Series for the 2013 season.
In the 2013 Queens Birthday Honours List, Casey Stoner was made a member of the Order of Australia (AM) “For significant service to motorcycle racing.” Stoner also has a corner named after him at the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit, the third turn “Stoner Corner”.
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