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Casey Stoner Continues Testing at Motegi

Thursday, October 3, 2013
Casey Stoner was on deck for another two days of testing with Team HRC at Twin Ring Motegi, but inclement weather once again frustrated the team’s attempts to further development on the current RC213V and 2014 production racer. The first day was cancelled completely due to conditions, so under cloudy skies the Honda crew attempted to fit its full schedule into the second day which was also cut short as rains returned in the afternoon . It was Stoner’s first ride aboard the new production machine since previous testing programs were also delayed by poor weather. MotoUSA Byron Wilson.

Casey Stoner: “Unfortunately the weather played a big role in this test which was a little frustrating not to be able to share the workload over the two days. We tried to do everything today but it was a little difficult, and we also had the threat of rain again. We started with the current model, trying to find a base setting and then work from there. We had two variations of chassis' to try and some big modifications and improvements in my opinion. We also tried the production bike which was more impressive than I predicted. It had a similar feeling to our current bike but with less power and different feeling in engine braking and chassis. With some small modifications I believe this bike will be competitive and I look forward to the next test with it! In general it was a good, but busy day!”

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JSH   October 3, 2013 04:14 PM
I doubt Stoner is returning to MotoGP. I suspect he is just having fun and getting his adrenaline. What's not to like about getting paid to ride a MotoGP bike once and a while without the hassle of the full season travel requirement and media events?
teknic   October 3, 2013 01:30 PM
Seems like he's coming back.. why else have an ex GP rider come back and test a machine. What's in it for Honda? Also, why can't Suzuki snag a real test rider like this? They won't be able to create a competitive machine without a rider that can push it to the limits without crashing (de puniet... pfft).