Casey Stoner was arguably the fastest man in MotoGP when he announced his impending retirement last summer; he was offered a lot of money to stay, but he said no. Now, he’s back at the track, on two wheels again.
Stoner left MotoGP to race V8 cars back home in Australia; he’d made plenty of money during his racing career, and won a lot of races, but plenty of fans didn’t like him, and it seemed he was getting leery of the danger.
But it’s hard for a motorcycle racer to just walk away from the sport, and Honda is exploiting this – they’ve got Stoner back at work again, testing their 2014 MotoGP prototypes. He’s riding both the RC213V factory bike, and Honda’s production race bike that they’re planning to rent out in 2014.
He’s riding the machines at the Motegi track in Japan, but don’t expect the experience to make him jump misty-eyed back into the sport. Says Stoner: “‘Im still happy and comfortable with the decision I made to stop motorcycle racing, even if sometimes I miss riding my RCV.” He’s scheduled to do four tests, and that’s it.
Still, there are some fans who’d love to see him return to MotoGP racing, and no doubt they’re hoping this experience will be enough to tempt him back, maybe to mount a challenge to Marc Marquez’s recent domination.