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GP Week : Issue 213
STONER BACk ON A HONDA MOTOGP >>> nEWs Casey stoner returned to the saddle last week. The two-time world champion tested a factory Honda RC213V and the 2015 version in a two-day test at Motegi in Japan. He ran on Bridgestone tyres on the first day and tried out Michelin’s latest tyres on the second day. “It took some time to get used to riding the bike again after a year off it,” stoner said. “But everything felt good, I got back into the swing of things pretty quickly and we just got on with the testing programme HRC had planned. “Day one went pretty well, testing both Marc and Dani’s set-ups on the 2015 prototype machines and analysing these side by side we found some interesting differences and useful data. “We also did some engine development and some other new items Honda brought for this test.” Honda was able to use stoner for the test because of an agreement between the factories not to use current riders to assess the Michelin tyres. The 29-year-old, who retired from competition at the end of the 2012 season, also tested for Honda last year, during which he competed in the second- tier V8 supercars Development series in Australia, but has not raced anything since. Yamaha has retained the recently retired Colin edwards for its role in the testing. 15 GPWEEK.com // 15 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: