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Motorsport | MotoGP

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Stoner 'interested' in Marquez progress



Casey Stoner says he's "interested" in seeing how Marc Marquez copes with MotoGP but not so interested that he'll be on the sidelines during next week's test.

The double World Champion is gearing up for his final race this weekend as the 2012 MotoGP finale in Valencia brings the curtain down on his career.

Stoner's replacement at Honda for next season has already been confirmed with Moto2 Champion Marquez making the step up.

"It'll be interesting," Stoner said of Marquez. "We've seen Moto2 Champions move up - one [Toni Elias] struggled and one [Stefan Bradl] has been competitive.

"We'll see what Marc does. We can't expect him to be fast immediately although I'm sure he'll be trying in the early part of the season.

"There's a lot of movement this year. A lot of people changing manufacturers. So it'll be interesting to see how everybody settles into their new positions and who can be competitive."

Pressed as to whether that meant he would be watching on at next week's post-race test, Stoner said: "I'm not that interested!"

As for his thoughts ahead of his final MotoGP before entering retirement, the 27-year-old reckons he won't know until Monday how he really feels about it.

"I've known for a long time that this was going to be my last race so there aren't too many emotions going on.

"Of course the feeling is a little bit different, not fighting for a championship and not looking to next season.

"But in general we still feel pretty good for this race, and we won't know until Monday how I feel [about retirement]."

Stoner 'interested' in Marquez progress

Casey Stoner says he's "interested" in seeing how Marc Marquez copes with MotoGP but not so interested that he'll be on the sidelines during next week's test.

The double World Champion is gearing up for his final race this weekend as the 2012 MotoGP finale in Valencia brings the curtain down on his career.

Stoner's replacement at Honda for next season has already been confirmed with Moto2 Champion Marquez making the step up.

"It'll be interesting," Stoner said of Marquez. "We've seen Moto2 Champions move up - one [Toni Elias] struggled and one [Stefan Bradl] has been competitive.

"We'll see what Marc does. We can't expect him to be fast immediately although I'm sure he'll be trying in the early part of the season.

"There's a lot of movement this year. A lot of people changing manufacturers. So it'll be interesting to see how everybody settles into their new positions and who can be competitive."

Pressed as to whether that meant he would be watching on at next week's post-race test, Stoner said: "I'm not that interested!"

As for his thoughts ahead of his final MotoGP before entering retirement, the 27-year-old reckons he won't know until Monday how he really feels about it.

"I've known for a long time that this was going to be my last race so there aren't too many emotions going on.

"Of course the feeling is a little bit different, not fighting for a championship and not looking to next season.

"But in general we still feel pretty good for this race, and we won't know until Monday how I feel [about retirement]."

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