Stoner rules out MotoGP wild cards

Casey Stoner’s second day of testing proved to be busy and with the dual world champion racking up 47 laps of the Motegi circuit. In a productive day of testing he was able to fulfil the planned programme scheduled by HRC but categorically ruled out any wild card race appearances this year.

Casey Stoner and his HRC crew in 2013 tests

Stoner was happy to get back out on track in the dry and get through a productive day, but was firm when asked about a return to racing. “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. 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.”

Stoner on the Honda RC213V

HRC Executive Vice President Shuhei Nakamoto was happy with Stoner’s progress during the day and very enthusiastic about the new ‘MotoGP Production Racer’, saying “Over the course of Casey’s two-day test, we’ve been able to gather a vast amount of data and ideas for development. We focused exclusively on the RC213V, but in future tests, we’ll get Casey to test-ride the tentatively named MotoGP Production Racer and assist in raising its level of performance even further.”

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