Mike Stevens | Apr 9, 2009

Australian MotoGP ace Casey Stoner has revealed he is considering a move to V8 Supercars once his motorcycle career is over.

The 2007 World Champion told Italy's La Gazzetta dello Sport that he is interested in making the transition to Australia's premier racing category, following the trail set by Wayne Gardner.

However, Stoner refused to put a timeline on his career, saying he would only make the switch should he lose the motivation to continue on two wheels.

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Photo by jpeder55

He said: "I'll quit bikes when I stop enjoying myself, I haven't set any objectives. Doohan's five titles? Should I get as many, I'll think about it.

"When I retire, maybe I will race touring cars in Australia, where the 1000-kilometre races are very enjoyable. I want to better understand the driving style, the tyre behaviour and the set-up. "I've never tried out a real racing car and I'll think about it in the near future."

Stoner isn't the only Aussie motorcycle star keen on making the move from bikes to tin tops.

Last month, three-time World Superbike Champion Troy Bayliss said to Sydney's Daily Telegraph that he rejected a new contract with Ducati to return home and forge a career in V8s.

After winning the 2008 Superbike title, Ducati were keen on Bayliss returning to defend his crown, offering the one-time Moto GP race winner a new multi-million dollar contract - but he couldn't be tempted.

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World Superbike champ Troy Bayliss. Photo by Nick

Bayliss, however, is under no illusions of the difficult task facing him, setting modest expectations despite already securing a test with Triple Eight Racing.

"I know at nearly 40 I am never going to win the championship," Bayliss said.

"But I am still at peak fitness and if I can adapt well enough to the car then I have the potential to be a good endurance driver."

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