Casey Stoner Testing News
Honda Racing Corporation (HRC) wrapped up a two-day test Wednesday at Motegi in Japan with two-time MotoGP Champion Casey Stoner at the controls of the RC213V.
Due to rain on day one (Tuesday), Stoner only got in six laps aboard the older RC213V to re-familiarize himself with the prototype. But clear conditions were present on Wednesday, and Stoner put in a full 47 laps.
The Australian, who took the 2007 title with Ducati and the 2011 championship with Repsol Honda, fulfilled Honda’s full test program, including testing a few items on the current RC213V that Repsol Honda riders Dani Pedrosa and Marc Marquez currently race. Stoner also got some laps in on the 2014 machine.
Regardless of the progress, Stoner says he will not appear as a wildcard in any round of MotoGP.
Casey Stoner (Repsol Honda RC213V MotoGP) says: “Thankfully today the weather improved a lot, in fact it was pretty hot, and we were able to get some good track time and work on our test program.
“We had a productive day in general and thankfully the test plan wasn’t too hectic, so we were able to get most of it done today, after yesterday’s washout. It was great to see the team, even if there were only a few people here, and I thank Honda for all their support as ever.
“It felt really good to get back on the bike after 9 months and I’m happy with how the test went, but it doesn’t change my mind about the wild cards -this is not something I am planning to do.”
Shuhei Nakamoto (HRC Executive Vice President) says: “Over the course of Casey’s two-day test, we’ve been able to gather a vast amount of data and ideas for development. Consequently, we aim to increase our pace of development and hope that this, in turn, will lead to us winning this year’s Championship. We focused exclusively on the RC213V, but in future tests, we’ll get Casey to test-ride the tentatively named MotoGP Production Racer and assist in raising its level of performance even further.”