Casey Stoner confirms V8 Supercars move

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Last updated 19:19 27/01/2013

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Months of speculation are finally over with Casey Stoner on Sunday confirming his trademark No 27 will be emblazoned on a V8 Supercar in 2013.

The two-time MotoGP world champion has signed a one-year deal with the Triple Eight Racing-backed Red Bull team in the second-tier V8 series and will make his debut in the season-opening Adelaide 500 from February 28.

The 27-year-old will race the Commodore used by Craig Lowndes to win the 2010 Bathurst 1000.

Just last week, Stoner kept fans on their toes when he denied reports he had signed on the dotted line for a switch to four wheels.

"Don't believe everything you read," Stoner tweeted.

"Haven't decided what I'm doing yet, of corse (sic) V8 Supercars is on the cards.

"Will let you know when I do!"

But the V8 faithful were finally put out of their misery on Sunday when Stoner said his his new-look V8 team would be unveiled in Adelaide on February 27, just two days before he debuts in the seven-round development series.

However, he has given himself 12 months to prove himself in a V8 and has not ruled out a return to motorcycle racing.

"We will be trying to learn and develop as quickly as we can and see what that brings," the 2007 and 2011 MotoGP champion said in a statement.

Stoner - who retired from MotoGP racing at the end of 2012 - will have a further two test days before contesting the curtainraiser to the Adelaide 500 next month.

Stoner had made no secret of his desire to race V8s since he held discussions with the Red Bull V8 team following testing with them way back in 2011.

He was a regular in the team's garage in 2012.

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