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Former MotoGP star Casey Stoner's latest test with Honda thwarted by wet conditions at Motegi

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September 05, 2013 2:25 PM

A rider like Stoner will identify the flaws and make it a more competitive racing bike by providing the feedback to the engineers where they need to improve.

I said a few years back that Ducati should have signed Hayden as a racer/test rider without expectations of results and guarantee that for 3 or more years and treat each race weekend like a test and a race....instead of a test team that trolls around at 70% of the bikes capabilities. In this way they could do what Honda did with him and develop the bike at races by giving him test/performance parts with no pressure of results. Do that for 2 years and then on the 3rd year push for some results.

They would have gigabytes of data! they could test multiple solutions over a race weekened and they could try any direction they wanted in a race and tap dance around the testing limitations!!! but in the end they need a racer not a test team. They may use a test rider for parts durability but the racer will provide solutions/race feedbac


September 05, 2013 2:38 PM

So Casey isn't thinking about making a comeback - thank God for that!! I couldn't cope with all the diva behaviour again!!
Could you just imaging the carry on if Marquez came within an inch of him in a race! We wouldn't hear the end of it!!!
To be honest, I don't know why Honda are using him. They should use a rider that is racing to help in development.


September 05, 2013 2:56 PM

Real genious what he accomplished with Ducati..."well guys sorry the bike sucks now"...."gotta go!"....

Marquez would be wiping the floor with that fisherman... no wonder he doesn't want to come back.


September 05, 2013 3:08 PM

The usual suspects posting their anti Casey Stoner sh*t.
No surprise there then.

I think it is pretty obvious to anyone with a brain that Honda value Caseys opinions and input or they wouldnt be going to the trouble of asking him to test for them.
But that wont convince the trolls above.

Jim Clausen

September 05, 2013 3:08 PM

I THINK Stoner had pretty much decided to return to Moto GP in 2014 when the current season started. Seeing Marquez's performance, he's probably having second thoughts. No doubt he's comparing his results against Pedrosa versus Marquez's results against Pedrosa.


September 05, 2013 3:29 PM

Not really sure where you are going with that statement Jim.
Casey finished ahead of Dani 18 times in the two years they were team mates.
So far Marc has finished ahead of Dani 7 times.

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