Casey Stoner has completed a two-day test of the Honda MotoGP bike at Motegi. The video below is quite interesting, as you can hear Casey briefly discussing his feedback on the bike with Honda engineers (an extreme rarity), and the sound of Honda’s MotoGP weapon can be heard at full song (beautiful music, indeed).
Watching the video, we here at MD wish Stoner would come back and battle Honda’s latest superstar-in-the-making, Marc Marquez. If that never happens, MotoGP history will be lacking an important chapter.
Here is a press release by Honda following the test, as well as an HRC video of Casey’s efforts at Motegi:
Casey Stoner tested the Honda RC213V on Wednesday, August 7 as part of Honda’s development tests at the Twin Ring Motegi Circuit in Tochigi, Japan.
The second day of testing was under clear blue skies. Continuing where he left off the previous day, the former double-MotoGP champion showed that he had lost none of his class since his retirement, with his steep banking angles and high average speed. Over the course of the two days, Stoner completed total 53laps, completing his first Circuit test.
“Thankfully today the weather improved a lot, in fact it was pretty hot, and we were able to get some good track time and work on our test program. We had a productive day in general and thankfully the test plan wasn’t too hectic, so we were able to get most of it done today, after yesterday’s washout. It was great to see the team, even if there were only a few people here, and I thank Honda for all their support as ever. It felt really good to get back on the bike after 9 months and I’m happy with how the test went, but it doesn’t change my mind about the wild cards – this is not something I am planning to do”
Shuhei Nakamoto, executive vice president of Honda Racing Corporation:
“Over the course of Casey’s two-day test, we’ve been able to gather a vast amount of data and ideas for development. Consequently, we aim to increase our pace of development and hope that this, in turn, will lead to us winning this year’s Championship. We focused exclusively on the RC213V, but in future tests, we’ll get Casey to test-ride the tentatively named MotoGP Production Racer and assist in raising its level of performance even further”