Motorcycle News is reporting that Casey Stoner is to test Honda’s 2014 RC213V at Motegi in August. The former two-time World Champion will ride both next year’s factory machine, as well as the production racer version, which Honda is preparing to sell to private teams, and which Scott Redding has been linked with riding at Gresini next season.

HRC have flatly denied that the test is a prelude to a MotoGP return for the Australian, according to MCN. Stoner will not race as a wildcard in either Phillip Island or Motegi, as early rumors have suggested. According to MCN‘s Matthew Birt on Twitter, Casey Stoner is “still 100% happy with his decision to retire.”

Rumors that Stoner was considering a return to racing have been circulating almost since he hung up his leathers at Valencia last year. Those rumors have been fueled by Stoner’s statements in the press, where has expressed frustration at some aspects of racing in the Dunlop V8 Supercars feeder series.

His announcement that he will not be competing in the Bathurst 1000 was interpreted as a sign he could exit the series at the end of the season, speculation fueled by the fact that he is yet to confirm his plans for 2014.

Stoner’s first year back at home has got off to a bumpy start, as the Australian has been forced to spend a good deal of the year out of his native country. He had retired to spend more time at home with his family, but Australia’s tax year – which runs from July to July – meant that he was still on an ex-pat tax regime, having lived in Switzerland while he finished his final year in MotoGP.

To avoid tax complications, Stoner has been forced to travel to the US and elsewhere in the first half of this year, but now that the new tax year has started, he is able to return to Australia and live and work under the normal tax regime for Australian residents. Being able to spend much more of his time at home should make it easier for him to make a decision about his plans for next year.

Source: MCN, Twitter, & Herald SunPhoto: © 2013 Scott Jones / Scott Jones Photography – All Rights Reserved

  • David


    Pedrosa out….

    Stoner in…..

  • L2C


    All ye of little faith.


    Anyway, I bet Stoner will really enjoy being back on the bike. I don’t blame him for jumping on the opportunity, because surely it must have been incredibly difficult giving up something that he excelled at. He was a virtuoso and his skills and technique hadn’t yet begun to depreciate.

    He’s probably bursting at the seems to jump on a plane to Motegi. August 6 can’t come around fast enough.

  • John D’Orazio

    Casey who???

  • Rider

    The one Mark is starting to be compared to.

  • “Pedrosa out….

    Stoner in…..”

    This sprung to my mind, too, though it’s not something that I’d wish on Dani. I don’t expect it, mind you. I suspect that Stoner being fed up with MotoGP wouldn’t be diminished enough to succumb to the prospect of racing against MM.

  • jet

    Having him back would’ Spice Up” the whole grid w/ talk and anticipation,It would be very cool to see the showdowns…..

  • Goop

    A come back? He picked up his toys and stomped home to the farm to shovel cow shit and go fishin’. Besides, the first hard battle he would get into with Marquez would end with Stoner complaining.

  • JW

    I bet Stoner would love to stick it to Dorna’s Spanish sacred poster boy.

  • Motopythons

    It’s a shame that we are not able to see what MM vs CS would have been. IMO it could have been a spectacle to behold as MM seem to be very good at catch up and CS at ditching the field.

    A fan can only dream.

  • kev71

    Shocking! Stoner is has “expressed frustration…” Did anyone expect Stoner not to complain about it? He should have known the technicalities concerning the tax laws (if he didn’t then he needs to fire someone’s ass).

    The guy is a tremendous talent with the personality of a turd. Next thing we’ll hear is how he is upset because people are asking him if he’s going to return to MotoGP. Simple advice, if you don’t like the spot light, don’t do something to be in it! I respect the guy’s talent on the track, and the fact that he left on HIS TERMS; however, he has to know that doing this is going to start a media feeding frenzy. Maybe he isn’t getting enough attention racing cars… just a thought

  • TexusTim

    he is going to test both bikes…what would be the reason they would want a retired rider testing the bike for 2014 and the “customer version”..maybe to convince teams the customer bike is fast ?…is that accurate ?…I really dont care if he comes back or not but if he does I hope he has learned how to “shut up if ya aint got anything good to say”

  • stevenk27

    I would love to see MM at the test so that we can have some lap times to compare the 2 riders. I think that is the only time we will get to compare the 2 of them.
    I do believe the retirement is permanent, however much I wish and pray that he will return. HRC would never let him wildcard at Phillip Island because he would be stealing points from the factory riders who are both still in the hunt for the title. Nobody can doubt that if he were to ride he would win!!
    Anyway, just hoping there will be some decent footage of the Motegi test. Also curious to see how close the customer bike is to the factory bike.

  • Jimbo

    You know what would be really good…

    If he decided to come back and went to Ducati. Moto GP is at its best with Factory Teams – I wish we had more competing. Sadly we currently only have two really as Ducati arent competitive. Casey made the Ducati work before, if he could do it again we would have three Factory teams again.

  • Dave

    Marquez bashing fairings with Stoner. Now that really would give Casey something to moan about!

  • Chaz Michael Michaels

    Stoner to take Pedrosa’s seat? Hmmm.

    The CS MM battles would be epic. But imagine them on the same team. Would Stoner complain, Bitch, moan the whole season thru? Better believe it and it would only add to the excitement.

    Fans of motoGP should pray for his return. The series has everything right now except for a Darth Vader. Enter Casey Stoner in 2014…..(ffffssssshh…Marc…ffffssssshh…I am your father).

  • “(ffffssssshh…Marc…ffffssssshh…I am your father)”

    ROTFLMAO! Good thing I didn’t have a gob full of coffee!

  • L2C

    Good one, Trane! :-)

  • L2C

    Oh! It was Chaz who said that! HAHA! Nice.

  • “what would be the reason they would want a retired rider testing the bike for 2014 and the “customer version”..maybe to convince teams the customer bike is fast ?”

    Tim, I think it’s HRC’s Nakamoto-san trying to entice Casey back to the paddock. You know, keep him in the family, so to speak and encourage him to contribute without any pressure. Being able to ride multi-million-Euro bikes isn’t something one gets to do outside of the MotoGP paddock, after all.

    It would be interesting to see Stoner come back. I could easily see him becoming the Kimi Räikkönen of the MotoGP world, marching to his own drummer. That said, it would take some big adjustments on HRC’s and Dorna’s parts to help isolate him a bit and let him focus more on the racing than the rest of it.

    Imagine watching MM and CS duking it out and sliding all crossed up through T3 @ Phillip Island. DEE-LISH!

    “Good one, Trane! :-)”

    If only I were that funny, L2C! lol

  • Outofyourmind

    TexasTim deserves a punch in the mouth. a good hard one to knock all of his teeth out and I’m the man to do it.

  • proudAmerican

    Casey is perfect to test the new bikes.

    First, Nakamoto knows Casey can push the bikes to their absolute limits, providing a wealth of information about what needs to be tweaked on each bike prior to giving them to the riders (MM and DP) or selling the production racers to new customers.

    Being able to tell potential customers, who will be eye-balling the offerings from Honda and Yamaha (engines), that their bikes were racetrack tuned by Casey Stoner is huge.

    Second, both MM and DP are in the running for the championship, and therefore should not be testing unfamiliar machinery, for fear of incurring injury/downtime should they fall. In this aspect, Casey is expendable.

  • Is it rude to call Stoner “bitch face”? – because I swear to god no matter how much I try to give him credit he still reminds me of this little brat that used to lived next door to me growing up.

    “Mommy my motorcycle setup is too hard!!!!!” – Casey Stoner – bear number 2

  • pak jabit

    if stoner really want to make comeback to motogp, i hope he better go to Suzuki/Ducati team..he proved that he can win with Ducati and Honda, so better go for new challenge..

    without stoner, honda still can win..the RC214V machine is the best among the what else he want?he must prove to all that he can win because of his talent, not because he has powerful bike..

    he better go to Suzuki, who never win for along has a good engine compare to Yamaha / Honda or

    he better go to Ducati, since he left the team, no one can win with the bike, even Rossi.. or last

    better go to Yamaha, if he can win with yamaha, means he make new history for himself at least, winning the championship with 3 factory..

    stoner, we miss u..please comeback to motogp..