Casey Stoner Continues Relationship with Honda Racing CorporationThough he retired from World Championship racing following the 2012 MotoGP Championship, Casey Stoner continued a relationship with Honda Racing Corporation (HRC).
The two-time MotoGP Champion (2007, Ducati; 2011, Honda) remained with Honda to test RC231 prototypes used by the Repsol Honda team. The team will retain the talent of two-time MotoGP Champion Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa in 2015 MotoGP.And on Wednesday, HRC reported Stoner will remain as a test rider with Honda through 2015. The Australian’s first tests are slated for two days in Sepang between January 29-31 prior to the first official IRTA (International Road-Racing Teams Association).Stoner will participate in a second test towards the end of the year, but no dates were confirmed.Casey Stoner: “After having a long break from riding, it was refreshing to get back on a bike a few months ago! Now after a relaxing Christmas and New Year I’m happy to announce that I’ve been speaking to Nakamoto san and we have come to an agreement in continuing our relationship. I am currently preparing to ride in Sepang in a few weeks – which will be very different weather and humidity to Motegi – so I need to get myself fit!”Shuhei Nakamoto – HRC Executive Vice President: “First of all, Happy New Year! We are very happy to be able to start 2015 by announcing the continuation of our relationship with Casey and keep him in the Honda family. The feedback he gives HRC is invaluable and we are fortunate to have a test rider capable to push the RC213V to its limits”
This week, Senior Editor Nic de Sena rides the all new Ducati Monster. Big changes have been made by Ducati–has the company ruined the considerable heritage of the iconic Monster–or are the changes worth it? In the second part of the show, we chat with Nick Ienatsch, Founder and Head Instructor at the Yamaha Champions Riding School. He says: “We aim to change your riding life by introducing you to Champions Habits: The techniques, approaches, skills, and the mindsets of the best riders in the world. These Champions Habits are the foundation of safety and consistency to whatever speed you ride, in any venue on any bike. Street riders, this is just as much for you as track riders. The best way to make safe riders is to make good riders.“ We hope you enjoy this episode!