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Testing, testing! Stoner's back!

2013-08-07 07:21

BOLD CAPS: Honda's Casey Stone at his last home Australian MotoGP in 2012. Image: AFP

TOCHIGI, Japan - Double MotoGP World champion Casey Stoner has slung a leg over a MotoGP machine again for the first time since he quit the sport in November 2012.

He was at the TwinRing Motegi circuit this week but only as a test rider for Honda and even then bad weather affected his return for a Honda development test at the Twin Ring Motegi in Tochigi, Japan.

The original plan was for Stoner to re-familiarise himself with the RC213V - 2013 machine during the morning and then test the 2014 prototype and a few other items during the afternoon. Unfortunately, after only six laps, rain arrived and halted testing for the day.

'IT'S BEEN NINE MONTHS'

Stoner: "It was good to get back on the bike, if only for a few laps! We only managed to get one run in before the rain arrived which was a little disappointing.

"It was really nice to get that first run - it's nine months since I've been on a bike and it's going to take me some time to get used to everything again!

"The bike and the track felt good and I hope we can get some better testing when the rain stops and the track dries out."
 
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