7 August 2013
'Productive' MotoGP test for Stoner - but no wild-cards
"It doesn't change my mind about the wild-cards - this is not something I am planning to do" - Casey Stoner.
After managing just six laps due to rain on Tuesday, retired double MotoGP champion Casey Stoner put in a 'productive' 47 laps during the final day of his return test with Honda at Motegi.
The first of his four tests to help develop next year's factory and privateer versions of the RCV, the 27-year-old Australian began by trying 'a few small items' on the present bike.
Stoner then switched to the 2014 prototype - as briefly debuted by Dani Pedrosa and Marc Marquez in testing at Aragon in June - during the afternoon.
No laps times were released by Honda.
"Thankfully today the weather improved a lot, in fact it was pretty hot, and we were able to get some good track time and work on our test programme,” said Stoner, who retired from MotoGP at the end of last season.
“We had a productive day in general and thankfully the test plan wasn't too hectic, so we were able to get most of it done today, after yesterday's washout. It was great to see the team, even if there were only a few people here, and I thank Honda for all their support as ever.”
Cristian Gabbarini, Stoner's crew chief at both Honda and Ducati, also travelled to Japan for the test, but Stoner insisted he has no plans to make any MotoGP race appearances.
“It felt really good to get back on the bike after nine months and I'm happy with how the test went, but it doesn't change my mind about the wild-cards - this is not something I am planning to do,” he declared.
“Over the course of Casey's two-day test, we've been able to gather a vast amount of data and ideas for development,” added HRC Executive Vice President Shuhei Nakamoto. “Consequently, we aim to increase our pace of development and hope that this, in turn, will lead to us winning this year's Championship.
“We focused exclusively on the RC213V, but in future tests, we'll get Casey to test-ride the tentatively named MotoGP Production Racer and assist in raising its level of performance even further."
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