Unlike yesterday’s testing that was cut short after a handful of laps by rain, the second day of the private HRC test at Motegi with retired former MotoGP world champion Casey Stoner riding was very productive. On a very hot day (33°C, 91°F) at the circuit north of Tokyo, Stoner turned a total of 47 laps on Wednesday, starting off with testing some small parts on the 2013 RC213V before moving on to the 2014 prototype that was tested by Repsol Honda riders Dani Pedrosa and Marc Marquez at Aragon, Spain, back in June.
Casey Stoner was able to run...
Casey Stoner was able to run a total of 47 laps on the second day of the HRC Motegi test.
"Thankfully today the weather improved a lot, in fact it was pretty hot,” said Stoner, “and we were able to get some good track time and work on our test program. 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.”
Naturally, Stoner’s participation in the test continued to feed rumors that he was planning on some wildcard rides at Phillip Island and possibly Motegi this year. Although he was definitely missing riding the Honda MotoGP racebike, he doesn’t miss all the drama and politics that surround the racing, and he quickly quashed those rumors. “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."
HRC vice president Shuhei...
HRC vice president Shuhei Nakamoto (right) was integral in getting the retired Stoner to ride at the test.
HRC vice president Shuhei Nakamoto
, who was integral in getting Stoner to participate in the test, was obviously happy to get the Australian’s input on the latest development parts. “Over the course of Casey's two-day test, we’ve been able to gather a vast amount of data and ideas for development. Consequently, we aim to increase our pace of development and hope that this, in turn, will lead to us winning this year's Championship.” Unfortunately Stoner only rode the works prototypes at this test, and not the production racer, which will occur in later tests. “We focused exclusively on the RC213V,” revealed Nakamoto, “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."