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2013-07-24 10:36

WILL STONER RETURN TO MOTOGP? Casey Stoner fuelled speculation that he may return to MotoGP by announcing he will test ride with former team Honda. Image: AFP

Retired rider Casey Stoner will climb back on the Honda MotoGP machine RC213V, for the first time since 2012, as a test rider for the Japanese automaker.

The two-time World Champion left the sport at the end of 2012 and has been linked with rumours of a wild card appearance in 2013 but this is now out of the question.

Stoner will conduct four tests in Twin Ring Motegi (Tochigi, Japan) with Honda. He will work on the evolution of the RC213V and also on the new production racer that Honda will sell to selected teams for the 2014 MotoGP.

'I MISS RIDING MY RCV'


Stoner said: “It’s been almost seven months now since Valencia and I’m still happy and comfortable with the decision I made to stop motorcycle racing, even if sometimes I miss riding my RCV. That’s why I am happy with HRC’s offer to do some tests in Motegi in 2013.

"This will allow me to enjoy what I miss: riding a MotoGP bike! I can’t wait to get on the RCV to see how it has changed from last year and I’d like to thank Honda for this opportunity.”

Executive vice president of Honda racing, Shuhei Nakamoto, said: “We are very pleased to have Casey back in the team! He knows this machine very well and I’m sure he can help our engineers and technicians with the development of the RC213V.

"We will also ask him to test the new production racer and give us his initial feedback to assist us in producing the best machine possible.”
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