Honda confirm Stoner's RC213V test at Motegi but wildcard entry ruled out

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Casey Stoner makes a comeback for Repsol Honda to test 2014 bike but won't race

Honda Racing Corporation has issued official confirmation that double MotoGP World Champion Casey Stoner will be back on a RC213V at a private test next month in Motegi, Japan. The news has sent shockwaves around the world as it looked like Stoner was never again to ride a MotoGP bike but just 7 months later that is all changed, however despite rumours the Australian will not race with HRC. Motorsport.com reported on the original story yesterday and the HRC statement can be read below:

Sometimes I miss riding my RCV, so I am happy that HRC asked me to do some tests in Motegi this year.

Casey Stoner

Casey Stoner will climb back on a Honda RC213V, for the first time since Valencia 2012, as a test rider for Honda Racing Corporation. The two-time World Champion left the sport at the end of last year and has been linked with rumours of a wild card appearance this season but this is now out of the question. The Australian rider will do four tests in Motegi in the next few months with Honda Racing's R&D team, working on the evolution of the RC213V and also on the new production racer bike that Honda Racing will sell to selected team next year to race in MotoGP.

Stoner was very happy in being offered the opportunity to test the new machine that Honda will race in 2014. He said, “It's been almost 7 months now since Valencia and I'm still happy and comfortable with the decision I made to stop racing. Sometimes I miss riding my RCV, so I am happy that HRC asked me to do some tests in Motegi this year. This will allow me to enjoy what I miss: riding a MotoGP bike! I'm looking forward to getting on the bike and see how it has changed from last year and I'd like to thank Honda for this opportunity.”

Casey Stoner, Repsol Honda Team
Casey Stoner, Repsol Honda Team

Photo by: Repsol Media

HRC Executive Vice President, Shuhei Nakamoto was also very happy to have Stoner back in the Repsol Honda garage saying, “We are very pleased to have Casey back on a Honda! He knows this machine very well and I'm sure he can help our engineers and technicians with the development of the RC213V. We will also ask him to test the new production racer and give us his initial feedback to assist us in producing the best machine possible.”

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