Casey Stoner will continue to take part in selected test days for Honda in 2015 after their agreement was extended for another year. The two-time MotoGP world champion, who retired at the end of 2012, will be in action for two days between January 29th and 31st, shortly before the start of the first official IRTA pre-season test, and will also be in action later in the year.
After last riding a factory Honda at Motegi in October, the Australian is ready for his return as HRC begin their preparations for the 2015 MotoGP season.
“After having a long break from riding, it was refreshing to get back on a bike a few months ago! Now after a relaxing Christmas and New Year I’m happy to announce that I’ve been speaking to Nakamoto san and we have come to an agreement in continuing our relationship. I am currently preparing to ride in Sepang in a few weeks – which will be very different weather and humidity to Motegi – so I need to get myself fit!”
HRC Executive Vice President Shuhei Nakamoto has welcomed the news and expects Stoner to play a significant role as they aim to defend their world championships.
“We are very happy to be able to start 2015 by announcing the continuation of our relationship with Casey and keep him in the Honda family. The feedback he gives HRC is invaluable and we are fortunate to have a test rider capable to push the RC213V to its limits”.