In the next few months, retired double world champion Casey Stoner will return in the hot seat of a MotoGP race bike for a series of tests with Honda.
The 27-year-old Aussie rider will take park in a series of four test session with Honda’s R&D team at the Motegi circuit. The tests is set to aid in the RC213V’s evolution, and to contribute in the development of the new production-based racer that Honda will supply to selected teams next season.
Honda insists that Stoner will not make a return to active competition in MotoGP anytime soon, ruling out the rumours of a wildcard entry either at Motegi or the Aussie’s home course in Philip Island this year as well. As many would know, Stoner has an undefeated winning record at the Philip Island circuit, winning the event in the last six years.
Adding to this, Stoner also reaffirms that he has no urge to return, citing his content over the decision to stop racing seven months ago. “Sometimes I miss riding my RCV, so I am happy that HRC asked me to do some tests in Motegi this year.” Stoner currently competes on four wheels in the Australian-based V8 Supercars Development Series.