Honda Racing Corporation has announced it has retained the services of 2007 and 2011 MotoGP world champion, Casey Stoner through 2015.
Stoner will test for two days in Sepang between the 29th and 31st January, prior to the first Official IRTA pre-season test. A second test will take place towards the end of the year, but no date is confirmed at present.
Fans of the Australian will no doubt hope for a racing comeback for Stoner, but the former champ has been steadfast in his commitment to retirement. He relishes these opportunities to test with HRC in order to scratch an itch he has to ride still, but was never a fan of the immense outside commitments being a MotoGP racer presented.
“First of all, Happy New Year! 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”
“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!”