Double MotoGP World Champion provides vital feedback for HRC
Two-time MotoGP World Champion Casey Stoner completed a successful three day test in Sepang with the Honda Racing Corporation with the Australian rider beginning his test schedule at the 5.548km Sepang International Circuit on Thursday mid-morning.
Overall it’s been a good test, very positive and we got a lot done!
Despite some rain showers that interrupted testing throughout the course of the three days, Stoner was able to fulfil the plan set by HRC. The 2007 and 2011 World Champion spent time on both the 2014 and 2015 RC213V machines, doing a chassis comparison and analyzing new variations of the new spec brought to this test by HRC.
Stoner also tried new brakes from Brembo amongst various other testing components. The HRC engineers also took advantage of having Casey in Sepang and gave him the opportunity to run a few laps on the Suzuka 8 Hour Honda CBR1000RR in the afternoon on the final day.
Stoner reflects on a successful testing schedule and his CBR outing
Speaking afterwards Stoner was very positive saying, “Overall it’s been a good test, very positive and we got a lot done! On the first day we worked on the base setup and tested some small things before the rain arrived and we had to stop. Then on day two I spent a lot of time doing a back-to-back chassis comparison from last year’s bike to this year’s and I also tested different variations of the chassis. Brembo brought some new aluminum callipers for us to try and Honda had several other test items, which we managed to get through before the rain came once again.
On the final day we confirmed some feelings from yesterday and tried a few electronic packages as well as some different suspension. Riding the CBR was very different, I’ve never really ridden that kind of bike, the shifting, riding position, engine power, weight characteristic etc was quite difficult and took some getting used to. After a few exits I had more of an understanding and was able to give some feedback. In general it was a lot of fun and I enjoyed being able to feel the rear of the bike step out!” Stoner added.