Double World Champion Casey Stoner had a shortlived return to MotoGP today riding just six laps before rain hampered his test with Honda Racing at the Twin Ring Motegi in Tochigi, Japan.
“It was good to get back on the bike, if only for a few laps. We only managed to get one run in before the rain arrived which was a little disappointing. It was really nice to get that first run, it’s been 9 months since I’ve been on a bike and it’s going to take me some time to get used to everything again. The bike and the track felt good and I hope that we can get some better testing in tomorrow with some dry track time and run some more laps”
The original plan was for Casey to re-familiarise himself with the RC213V – 2013 machine, in the morning and then test the new 2014 prototype in the afternoon and a few other test items. Unfortunately, after just 6 laps the rain arrived and halted testing for the day.