MotoGP »

Casey Stoner linked to wild-card return

"It would be very nice, but at the moment not to my knowledge" - Livio Suppo, Honda.
Casey Stoner may have only retired from MotoGP for a matter of months, but already the rumour mill is suggesting he could return later this season for some wild-card appearances.

Italy's La Gazzetta dello Sport reports that the 27-year-old Australian, who won MotoGP titles for Ducati and Honda, could take part in the Motegi and Phillip Island rounds for Honda.

HRC vice president Shuhei Nakamoto previously stated that Stoner would always be welcome should he wish to return: "If he ever [Casey] decides to come back he will find a warm welcome waiting. I told him that's always on offer."

However Repsol Honda team principal Livio Suppo said he is unaware of any 2013 wild-card plans: "It would be very nice, but at the moment not to my knowledge. Obviously if Casey wanted to, there would be no problem."

Stoner will make his debut in Australia's Dunlop V8 Supercar Series this year.

Moto2 champion Marc Marquez has taken Stoner's place at the Repsol Honda team, alongside 2012 title runner-up Dani Pedrosa.

Related Pictures

Click on relevant pic to enlarge
Stoner slides, Catalunya MotoGP 2012
Repsol Honda garage, Dutch MotoGP 2015
Ducati swingarm link, Dutch MotoGP 2015
Marquez and Vinales, Dutch MotoGP 2015
New Honda exhaust, Catalunya MotoGP Race 2015
Stoner, Catalunya MotoGP Race 2015
Stoner and Gibernau, Catalunya MotoGP 2015
Stoner and Gibernau, Catalunya MotoGP 2015
Ciabatti and Campinoti, Catalunya MotoGP 2015
Honda, bike, Catalunya MotoGP 2015
Honda RC213V-S road bike (Honda)
Marquez on Honda`s RCV road bike (Honda)
Marquez, Italian MotoGP Race 2015
Pedrosa, Iannone, Marquez, Italian MotoGP Race 2015
Marquez, Dovizioso, Pedrosa, Rossi, Italian MotoGP Race 2015
Dovizioso, Marquez, Pedrosa, Rossi, Italian MotoGP Race 2015
Marquez, Iannone Italian MotoGP Race 2015
Marquez, Italian MotoGP 2015

Join the conversation - Add your comment

Please login or register before adding your comments.

Although the administrators and moderators of this website will attempt to keep all objectionable comments off these pages, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the poster, and neither Crash Media Group nor Crash.Net will be held responsible for the content of any message. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message. If you find a message objectionable, please contact us and inform us of the problem or use the [report] function next to the offending post. Any message that does not conform with the policy of this service can be edited or removed with immediate effect.


February 18, 2013 9:45 AM

  •   Reply
  •   8 agree
  •   2 disagree

© 1999 - 2015 Crash Media Group

The total or partial reproduction of text, photographs or illustrations is not permitted in any form.