Casey Stoner retires after the Valencia GP and he would love to go out with a bang
Last Updated: 08/11/12 12:33pm
Casey Stoner hopes to end his MotoGP career on a high with a win in Valencia on Sunday.
The Australian enjoyed an emotional success in the last race in front of his home fans at Philip Island, and he would dearly love to bow out with another visit to the top step of the podium.
Stoner said: "Valencia should be a little better for me again, not as good as Phillip Island, but I've always had great success there, many pole positions and race wins.
"I hope we can be competitive there and with the track going left it should suit our bike and me a little better at this point. It's not going to be easy but it would be nice to get another good result on my final race in MotoGP."
But competition will be high with Dani Pedrosa chasing a win in front of his family, and a sixth at the Ricardo Torma circuit, and champion Jorge Lorenzo keen to end a spectacular season with a seventh victory of 2012.
Pedrosa said: "I'm very excited to get to Valencia and race again in front of the Spanish crowd.
"It's been a long time away and I really look forward to enjoy the atmosphere there; it's always an special race because it's the last one of the season and I have a lot of people there supporting me together with my family and friends.
"I enjoy riding in this track and we've had good results there in the past. So, I want to make this weekend special and fight for the win and finish the season on a high."
Lorenzo added: "This is the last round of the season, it's a great feeling to be coming home to my Spanish fans as the world champion.
"It's been a long, tough year and we have all worked so hard to get here, now this weekend will be one to enjoy for all of us with less pressure. I will of course still be pushing for the top step of the podium, it would be amazing to end the year with a victory."