Casey Stoner Will Race in the Suzuka 8-Hour

03/26/2015 @ 10:56 pm, by Jensen Beeler11 COMMENTS

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Well, the rumors were true…Casey Stoner will return to motorcycle racing, competing as one of Honda’s MuSASHi RT HARC-PRO three racers in the Suzuka 8-hour endurance race.

For those who don’t follow the Suzuka 8-Hour, the MuSASHi RT HARC-PRO team won last year’s event, and is a top Honda entry every year for the prestigous Japanese race. Joining Stoner on the team will be Michael van der Mark and Takumi Takahashi.

Van der Mark is of course Honda’s factory World Superbike racer and the current reigning World Supersport Champion, while Takahashi splits his time racing in the MFJ All Japan Road Race JSB1000 Championship and testing for HRC.

The threesome will be looking to clinch Honda’s sixth-straight victory at Suzuka. They will of course be racing on the EWC-spec Honda CBR1000RR, which Stoner tested at January’s Sepang test. The Australian will test it again on the CBR in July 7th & 8th and July 14th and 15th.

“After riding the bike in Sepang a few months ago, I’ve been speaking closely with Honda about the possibility to take part in Suzuka. It’s always been an event I wanted to do and something I was never able to consider when I was racing in MotoGP, due to our busy schedules, so I’m really looking forward to taking part!” said Stoner.

“The bike is very different to a MotoGP machine, but it will be a new challenge and a chance for me to try something new and unlike what I’ve been used to in my racing to this point. I’ve been impressed with Michael van der Mark this season and Takumi Takahashi has a lot of experience on this machine, so I’m looking forward to hearing their comments and working together with them in preparation for the July race. Now I need to concentrate on my training to be ready for the race!”

“This year, MuSASHi Racing Team HARC-PRO is aiming to win the Suzuka 8hr for the third consecutive year. In addition to our riders, Michael van der Mark and Takumi Takahashi, who together have celebrated the past two victories , we are very happy to invite the legendary Casey Stoner to join our team,” said Shigeki Honda, Team Principal at MuSASHi RT HARC-PRO.

“Casey has an enjoyed an incredible career and achieved a huge amount of success. We believe that with his fantastic experience, coupled with our team’s know how after many years of involvement at this event, we can make our dreams come true.”

Source: HRC

  • cammo3000

    well that’s bloody great news, welcome back to the fold Casey!

  • n/a

    I knew it…

  • Jason

    I can see the attraction of this to Stoner. He still gets to have fun racing but without the huge time commitment of racing a full Moto GP season.

  • Jack Meoph

    Cool. I hope he goes for it and either makes up time or puts a gap on the rest of the field.

  • MrDefo

    He just sounds more energized than he has been in a while. Maybe these sorts of events are what he needs? Could IOMTT be far-fetched?

  • Dustin Nisbet-Jones

    I think Stoner at the IOMTT would be completely out of the question. He has always been very outspoken about safety and there’s nothing more dangerous than that race. Plus, he’s got a kid now.

  • Tanner Cortes

    Next he’s going to do a few MotoAmerica races on a CBR600.

  • Alclab Ventek

    Hopefully this gets him riled up to get to MotoGP again… It would be a dream to see him share the garage with Marquez, the competition between the two of them on the best machine on the grid would be an incredible spectacle of skill and motorcycle racing.

  • Keith

    There’s no way that will happen. He wants to ride a bike in a race where the rider makes the difference, not the tire compound and electronics package.

  • MrDefo

    Truth. That makes sense.

  • Keith

    If he did come back, my choice would be to see him on the new Ducati…then watch Valentino turn green…