Multi-time MotoGP champ Casey Stoner retired from racing last year at the ripe old age of 27, 7 years younger than Valentino Rossi. Speculation has never ended that the young man who stood at the top of motorcycle racing might change his mind and return some day. Is this a first step?
Australian Press, quoting good friend and fellow Honda alum, Mick Doohan, might have been the first to report on the arrangement that brings Stoner back to Honda to test the current RC213V at Motegi beginning August 6th. Stoner will reportedly also test a prototype of next year’s MotoGP weapon for Honda. Apparently, Stoner has agreed to four days of testing, both at Motegi and later at other circuits.
You may recall that HRC boss Shuhei Nakamoto (pictured above with Stoner) stated in an interview published on MD that “if [Stoner] ever decides to come back he will find a warm welcome waiting [from Honda].” Both Honda and Stoner are currently denying that there are any plans for Stoner to race at this point, either as a wild card or under contract. It is hardly speculation, however, that Honda would love to see Stoner alongside Marc Marquez at some time in the future.