Casey Stoner is to continue as test rider for Honda in 2014. The Australian double world champion will once again take the track to help develop Honda’s RC213V during the 2014 season, according to British publication MCN.

Stoner took up his role as test rider in the middle of 2013, after HRC’s regular test rider Kousuke Akiyoshi broke his femur at a Japanese Superbike round. The Australian worked on the 2013 RC213V, as well as a rain-shortened test on Honda’s RCV1000R production racer.

According to the report on MCN, Stoner’s testing schedule for 2014 has yet to be fixed. It appears that Stoner will not be present at the special tire test put on by Bridgestone at Phillip Island, which all three factory teams will attend, but he will take on further testing duties at Motegi later in the season.

If Stoner does miss the Phillip Island test, it would deprive fans of a chance to directly compare his lap times with those of current Honda riders Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa.

Stoner’s continuing role as a test rider will once again fuel speculation he could make a return to racing again full time at some point. Various extremely well-informed sources in Spain insist that Honda are preparing for a possible return with the Australian at an indeterminate point in the future.

However, sources close to Stoner himself insist that the Australian has no intention whatsoever of coming back to race in MotoGP, and is still happy with his decision to quit. In an interview with the BBC in October, Stoner said he was more and more convinced he’d made the right decision.

Each year that passes makes it more difficult for Stoner to return. The keen edge developed by actually racing a MotoGP bike is quickly lost when not racing. Furthermore, Stoner will be 29 at the start of the 2015 season, and would be facing a 22-year-old Marquez with two years of experience under his belt.

That will not stop the speculation that he could return, but given his continued denials, the odds of a return seem impossibly remote.

Source: MCN; Photo: HRC

This article was originally published on MotoMatters, and is republished here on Asphalt & Rubber with permission by the author.

  • jet

    I sure miss that #27-Ducati ,That little prick was one bad Mo-Fo……lol

  • The 08 Ducati was awesome a lot better than the turd Rossi help developed. @ Jet totally right Stoner is a hell of a rider and a prick…lol

  • Gutterslob

    Gotta pay the bills, I suppose.

  • damn

    funny. if you read what jeremy burgess said(and i think he’s no liarliar) the bike was a great turd. already after the first 3 laps on the duc Rossi knew this was gonna be a big nothing. thats why Stoner didn’t enjoy riding for duc. and stoner was losing more and more. didn’t get the stuff he wanted, just like JB said. Rossi tryed to develop something but only got angry faces from ducati. just like stoner it was hard for Rossi to keep motivated. after the trellis frame the bike became wors and more worse. i just don’t know how that non performing not listening selfish factory has a big sponsor like MarlBoro???
    Marlboro must be braindead to keep sponsoring that non technical team. and after all the non finishes non front feeling non frame concept gp bike the panigale adopted that non working non feeling frame. its like duc has Marlboro as a prisoner.! almost seems like marboro has a contract like rossi had with no positive outcome if marlboro would leave. makes marlboro looks weak. and as for Stoner….. he left Motogp thinking with the rules(i don’t like the rules eighter) records would never been broken again, well look back stoner……multiple records were broken over and over again. i think it was’t for the new rules back then, stoner just isn’t capable handling stress and has has a relative weak brain(no balls) not able to overcome anything negative. hell Rossi isn’t breaking records but still has the fire to ride and try to improve. but with marq and lorenzo riding right now….. casey wouldn’t be on the podium ever again.

  • Jordan G.

    I can’t speak for Casey, ‘damn’, but I know it takes a lot of balls to leave something that you love. I think I speak for most people when I say I’d much rather see Stoner wringing the RCV by its neck against Pedrosa, Rossi, Marquez and Lorenzo than simply testing/developing it.

  • Scruby

    If Stoner came back,Rossi would fall from Mr.Fourth place,to Mr.Fifth place

  • Jw

    Casey was a great contributor to the sport, too bad a few bad apples took the fun out of it for him. He is not the only champion of a sport that has done this..

  • Bayliss

    You earn every right to be what you call is a prick when you can ride like Stoner!!! You morons confuse being a prick with just being good and KNOWING YOU ARE GOOD!

  • TexusTim

    Damn, this blog is not what it used to be. to may haters and know it all’;s one thing to be sceptical another thing just to hate opinons without knowing anything about what you speak.

  • Mr.X

    Who knows what it’s like to be someone else? Some people say he’s an asshole who wouldn’t sign an autograph for a kid. He was clearly up against a lot of BS and favoritism.
    Lotta money to ride a motorcycle… most would take the BS, but you can only look through the two eyes you have, eh?
    Merry Christmas to all you A&R peeps.

  • Jw

    Bayliss or is it clueless

    Did my words offend?