We miss Casey Stoner on the Racing paddock dearly, we miss the way he used to ride those factory Ducati's and the Factory Honda's to their limits, and we can never forget how he used to do those ferociously fast two wheeled drifts at the Stoner Corner at Phillip Island, Australia. Casey's retirement has been a big blow to the premier class and no matter how great the advent of certain Marc Marquez is, Casey "The Throttle Control Wrist' Stoner will be and is missed on the racing track.
Taking up the mantle of being the test rider for the Honda Moto GP project, Casey has, in past couple of years kept his hunger to ride the prototype machinery beyond the limits anyone can think of, by test riding Honda developments for its Moto GP machinery. Extending, what is an incredible masterstroke of letting someone of Casey's level of talent to test ride their bikes, Honda has made sure that it remains ahead of its competition at the GP circuit.
Casey Stoner is to remain as a Honda test rider for another year. Today, HRC officially announced that the former world champion will undertake two tests for the factory during 2015. The first test will be at Sepang from 29th to 31st of January, four days before the official MotoGP test at the circuit. No date has been set for the second test, HRC stating only that it will be towards the end of the year, when Stoner will presumably be providing feedback on the 2016 machine. No doubt this agreement will once again revive speculation that Stoner could return to MotoGP, but there is zero chance of that actually happening.
The Australian has stated both in public and to HRC boss Shuhei Nakamoto that he does not want to race again, and has turned down an offer from HRC before. His speed and the quality of the feedback he provides means he remains an extremely valuable asset to Honda’s test program.
The contents of the press release issued by Honda are shown below:
HRC renews relationship with Casey Stoner
Honda Racing Corporation have retained the services of two-time World Champion Casey Stoner through 2015. The 2007 and 2011 MotoGP World Champion will test for two days in Sepang between the 29th and 31st January, prior to the first Official IRTA pre-season test. A second test will take place towards the end of the year, but no date is confirmed at present.
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”
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Test Rider – MotoGP
“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!”