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Honda to test 1000cc at Sepang

"With the Championship now wrapped up, we can concentrate on the development of next year's machine" - Casey Stoner.
Newly crowned MotoGP champion Casey Stoner has revealed that Honda will be staying on at Sepang to test its 2012 1000cc bike on Monday, immediately after this weekend's Malaysian Grand Prix.

"We're testing the 1000cc bike on Monday after the race, with the Championship now wrapped up, we can concentrate on the development of next year's machine, so I'm also looking forward to that," said Stoner.

The Australian will be seeking his tenth win of the season in this weekend's penultimate round, when Repsol Honda look set to add the Teams' title to the Riders' and Constructors' crowns secured in Australia last Sunday.

"After clinching the title in the last race at Phillip Island we go to Malaysia with a lot less pressure and we can just look forward to the race," said Stoner.

"It's disappointing to hear that Jorge [Lorenzo] is unlikely to be there, we had hoped that his recovery from the operation would mean he could race there but we'll miss him there again.

"After pre-season testing in Sepang we proved to be competitive so we will arrive there positive and look to enjoy the weekend."

Eight rider/days of 1000cc testing with MotoGP riders are allowed before the end of the 2011 racing season.

Ducati has already used all eight days, while Honda has so far used five days and Yamaha four. Suzuki is still to confirm its 2012 plans.

The 2011 racing season ends at Valencia on November 6, after which an official two-day test will be held.

Another Repsol rider, Moto2 title contender Marc Marquez, is expected to confirm his 2012 plans at Sepang this weekend.

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Catch Up - Unregistered

October 19, 2011 2:32 AM

@some1 In a interview with Stoner he stated that the only things we were working on was set up and getting a feeling for the bike " I love the bike and could have gone a lot faster but that was not my aim, for the time being we will concentrate on setting it up " You should know that after this season when Stoner say's he could have gone faster you should know its the truth. Yamaha will be close. but I think if Stoner stays injury free he is going to be nearly impossible to beat in 2012, I like a lot of others hope it is not by huge margins but close fought battles....but I have my doubts.

Merenge - Unregistered

October 19, 2011 4:56 AM

@some1 - Pedrosa is only the #1 rider because REPSOL said so. Not HONDA. HONDA develops the bike. NOT RESPSOL. Honda gets feedbacks from all of its RIDERS. REPSOL SPONSORED PEDROSA, GRESINI SIMONCELLI and of course their champion CASEY. REPSOL is a MAJOR sponsor. Not a bike developer. geesh. The only reason they developed the bike around Dani is cause there is no way on earth Dovi would be a title contender. Now they have Casey. Now go theorize somethings else up again lol.

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