Completing two days of testing for HRC, Casey Stoner was back in the saddle of a MotoGP machine this week (at Motegi, of all places). The former World Champion only did a handful of laps on Tuesday (six in total) before the rain came in to the Twin Ring Motegi Circuit; but on Wednesday, Mother Nature cooperated a bit. Getting to do 47 laps in total on the 2013 Honda RC213V race bike yesterday, Stoner tested some “small items” for his former employer.

Positive about the test and being back on a bike, Stoner reaffirmed his decision to stay out of MotoGP, and dashed the hopes of any fans that were hoping to see the Australian make a wild card run at Phillip Island. Much to the disappointment of the media, Stoner did not get a chance to swing a leg over Honda’s planned MotoGP Production Racer, though HRC Executive Vice President Shuhei Nakamoto confirmed that a future test of the machine by Stoner is in the works.

A private test, and thus free of Dorna’s video restrictions, the fine folk at HRC have put together a short video of Casey on-board the RC213V in Japan. A far cry from the great material we got from Honda’s private test at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin (at some points  in the video, we wonder if the videographer had some angry scarab beetles in their trousers), GP fans will surely still have an auralgasm as the RC213V goes by in anger.

“Thankfully today the weather improved a lot, in fact it was pretty hot, and we were able to get some good track time and work on our test program,” said Stoner. “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,” the Australian added. “It felt really good to get back on the bike after 9 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.”









Source: HRC

  • TexusTim

    wonder what his laps times were?

  • Gutterslob

    You really can see how lithe the RCV is in that black. Damn.

  • chaz michael michaels

    The sound of the bike was tremendous. But did it sound different to you? Honda’s, to me, have more of a gravelly, piercing, metalic, shrieking noise. Like a piercingly loud buzz saw that just hit a knot in the plank. The bike in the video sounded more yamaha-ish with a less shrill deeper sound.

    Stoner says he’s not making any wildcard apearances–I am hoping like hell that’s a lie.

    Casey’s foray into car racing was like Jordan playing baseball.

    The dude, races GP motorcycles. Enough already. Time to come back to motoGP.

  • Singletrack

    Casey’s hard to like as a ‘sporting personality’ but you have to respect his skill, intensity and integrity.
    No one else has the balls to stick it to a sanctioning organization and walk away from his sport while at the peak of his career.

    But I’m sure he’s still getting paid well as the worlds fastest test rider.

    Who can get into his head and figure out where he’ll show up next? Pikes Peak?
    If only AMA Flat Track paid more…

  • Daniel

    Did the people operating the cameras have Parkinson’s? Not fun to watch, it was making me dizzy.

  • At least we have Mark Marq…

  • Minibull

    @Chaz: Suzuki was testing at the same time, as were the Yamaha test team. Both of those use an inline 4 with a crossplane crank, which is the deeper of the bike sounds.

    Also, I’m not sure if its the case now, but I remember the old 5 cylinder Honda’s use to drop onto 2 or 3 cylinders when braking. You can notice a change when Stoner is slowing down in this video, maybe they are still dropping onto 2.

  • ljblkjb

    I think the camerman had one hand elsewhere.

    Whilst a brilliant sound, those seemless shifts interesting in noise change. No autobox surge as the gear changes.
    Dorna’s new machine in overdrive. Honda did not mention why Stoner was testing until very close to the test. Because their other tester is injured. So who else were Honda going to use. Now they have let it go that he will not be riding wildcard but Honda have now said he will be testing the production racer.
    Actually it would be interesting to see Stacey on the Suzuki, if he did come back.

  • texustim

    we all want to see..”STACEY” back….bawawawawawahahaha

  • chaz michael michaels

    @minibull–ya, it seemed like the sound would be coming from the honda because it didn’t look like anybody else was on the track at the time… but it certainly didn’t sound like the honda.

    Ya, a motion sickness bag may need to watch the video more than once.

    No way of knowing where Stoner shows up next, what series, cars or bikes, etc… But it seemed like he was bagging on the Australian V8 feeder series awfully quickly. I don’t think these guys realize they’re one-trick ponies. They won’t find success in other forms of racing or other series. I think of Schumacher (tried bikes), Montoya (F1 to nascar), other open wheel racers in NASCAR, NASCAR drivers in road course series’. None of it ever seems to work. Nigel Mansell won in F1 and in CART but I dont see a big departure between the two series.

  • proudAmerican

    Casey riding a Honda motorcycle to its limits. No Carmelo, Dorna, fans, other racers, etc.

    No wonder he’s smiling.

    Enjoy retirement dude, you earned it.

  • Dear HRC, pretend this whole android thing is real and people are using there mobile devices to watch videos. youtube > vimeo

    I wonder why Honda would give factory access to a non factory rider when they need help developing the customer bike still?

  • Westward

    I wonder if HRC is really benefiting from Stoner’s time on the bike or is it more for PR. Cause even when Stoner was a factory rider, Pedrosa was the one HRC use for its base platform.

  • 2ndclass
  • @2ndclass – if you read this article on your smart phone and click the video link it will take you away from the page, where if you embed a youtube video it will play with in the page itself.

    Generally speaking content providers want to keep you on the page as do most people who read these articles.