Stoner enjoys full day as weather improves
7 August 2013 – After a rain-affected start to his test return with Repsol Honda, Casey Stoner was able to complete a packed programme amid improved weather at Motegi on Wednesday.
The Australian, who managed just six laps on the opening day before rain arrived, toured the venue 47 times, splitting his time between the RC213V and the company's 2014 machine that was first tested by Dani Pedrosa and Marc Márquez in June.
"Thankfully today the weather improved a lot, in fact it was pretty hot, and we were able to get some good track time and work on our test programme," explained the two-time World Champion. "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."
Despite his successful test, the first of four planned outings with the team this year, Stoner insisted that he is not planning to make a wildcard entry later in the season.
"It felt really good to get back on the bike after nine months and I'm happy with how the test went, but it doesn't change my mind about the wildcards," said Stoner, who retired from the sport at the end of last season. "This is not something I am planning to do."