Stoner Completes Team HRC Test at Sugo

October 30, 2013
Byron Wilson
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Two-time MotoGP champion Casey Stoner recently completed three days of testing for Team HRC at Sportsland Sugo, Miyagi Prefecture in Japan. The Australian rider finally got a string of dry-condition test days after a number of attempts at Motegi were disrupted by rain and he focused primarily on development of the 2013 and 2014 RC213V prototype machines. Stoner spent little time on the Production Racer Honda will make available to GP teams in 2014, leaving those testing duties to Takumi Takahashi.

“It’s been quite a good three days and we got a lot of track time considering it gets dark and cold here quite quickly,” observed Stoner. “We had a busy test schedule based on the current 2013 bike and an updated version of the 2014 bike. Both have some very positive aspects and we’re just trying to get a better understanding of them. It was a little tricky to get a true feeling here in Sugo as we had no comparison ?with it being the first time we’ve ridden here. All in all it was a good test and the first time we’ve not been interrupted by rain!”

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