New V8s driver Casey Stoner misses bikes

JUSTIN CHADWICK
Last updated 05:00 03/05/2013

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Australian Casey Stoner admits he misses riding motorbikes, but says fans shouldn't expect him back in MotoGP ranks any time soon.

Stoner, a two-time MotoGP champion, shocked the sport of motorcycling last year when he announced he was switching to V8 Supercars.

The 27-year-old's V8s debut at Adelaide's Clipsal 500 in March ended with a crash due to a dodgy front tyre, but he fought back from last on the grid in the second race for a respectable 14th-place finish.

After a two-month gap between races, Stoner will be back in action this weekend when the Dunlop Development Series resumes in Perth.

Stoner says he is enjoying his new challenge on four wheels, and has no plans to switch back to MotoGP.

"I miss riding bikes, but that's the only aspect of it," Stoner said in Perth on Thursday.

"A lot of the reasons that I left are definitely deep enough in there that I'm not getting cold feet and wanting to get back on a bike.

"I'm definitely happy with the decision I've made, and to be honest I'm not interested in going back."

Stoner has been a vocal opponent of some of the technical changes made to MotoGP in recent times, particularly the increase in engine sizes from 800cc to 1000cc.

He also questioned the nature of the sport following the death of Marco Simoncelli at the Malaysian MotoGP in 2011.

Stoner said he was now able to enjoy riding motorcycles whenever the opportunity arose.

"Bikes are where my passion will always be. I love riding them," Stoner said.

"Now I actually get to enjoy riding them a lot more because before we didn't have any time to enjoy it and smell the roses.

"It was all focused and serious the whole time."

Stoner said he was still very much learning the intricacies of V8s, and would need more time in the car before setting lofty goals.

"I'm just trying to enjoy it. I'm not really worried about results or anything like that at the moment," he said.

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