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Stoner V8 Drama: Nonsense, Of Course
by staff
Monday, January 21, 2013

Casey Stoner has retired from MotoGP, but he continues to parry foes real and imaginary - a modern-day Don Quixote - from his mobile phone in Australia.

An Australian newspaper reported last week that two-time MotoGP World Champion Stoner would start his auto racing career in 2013 driving a Red Bull-backed Holden Commodore for the powerful Triple Eight team in the Dunlop Series, a developmental circuit for the elite V8 Supercars Australia series.

But Stoner tweeted over the weekend: "Don't believe everything you read ... Haven't decided what I'm doing yet, of course V8 Supercars is on the cards. Will let you know when I do."

Does this sound annoyingly like the story that began in the Estoril media center parking lot in 2012--that Stoner would retire--which when it was originally published in Spain, Stoner angrily denied the story, only to actually announce his retirement afterward?

The source of the Aussie media report apparently was a leaked story about Stoner's new racing career that will appear in the official event program for the Clipsal 500 V8 Supercars race in March in Adelaide. In that feature, Stoner reiterated he is done with motorcycle racing.

"I've got no thoughts whatsoever at this time of ever even thinking of coming back to Grand Prix racing," Stoner reportedly was quoted in the program story.

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