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Casey Stoner has confirmed that he will be returning to MotoGP for next weekend’s Japanese Grand Prix at Motegi. The reigning World Champion, retiring at the end of the season, has been out of action since sustaining injury at Indianapolis.
During the Australian’s absence, Stoner has been replaced at Honda by Northern Irishman Jonathan Rea, who will be returning to World Superbikes next season.
“Hello everyone!” Stoner writes in a blog for team title sponsor Repsol. “It's been another quiet week here in Australia; I've been resting, having some physio and following doctor's orders to recover.
“The good news is that I feel I can race at Motegi and will be rejoining my team next week and I can't wait to get back on-track!
“This weekend I'm off to the V8's at Bathurst - I was lucky enough to go there last year also and it is truly one of the greatest motorsport events of the year, so I'm really happy to be going again this year. Thanks for all the kind messages on this blog and I look forward to returning at Motegi in front of all the Honda home fans! See you next week!”
In the championship, team-mate Dani Pedrosa won Sunday’s Grand Prix of Aragón to reduce Jorge Lorenzo’s leading cushion to 33 points with four races remaining.
Repsol Honda Team
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|18 May||Marquez takes second career pole at Le Mans|
|2012 Japanese MotoGP Grand Prix|
|14 Oct '12||Latest MotoGP photos: Sunday at Motegi|
|14 Oct '12||Pedrosa wins dramatic Japanese Grand Prix|
|13 Oct '12||Motegi retains MotoGP until 2018|
|13 Oct '12||Latest MotoGP photos: Saturday at Motegi|
|2 Mar||Stoner impresses on V8 Supercars debut|
|26 Jan||Stoner confirms move to V8 Supercars|
|20 Jan||Stoner set to make V8 Supercars switch|
|12 Dec '12||Phillip Island gets 1.9 million pound upgrade|
|17 Jun||Suzuki to make MotoGP return in 2015|
|17 Jun||I didn't expect to win, admits Lorenzo|
|16 Jun||Lorenzo takes win at Catalunya|
|16 Jun||Crutchlow fastest in warm-up session|
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