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CASEY STONER TO RACE SUZUKA 8 HOURS
Two-time MotoGP world champion to come out of retirement to compete in this year's Suzuka 8 Hours race with Takumi Takahashi and Michael Van der Mark
By SR Staff Posted 16 hours ago
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casey stoner to race 2015 suzuka 8 hours
Besides the RC213V MotoGP machines, Casey Stoner also rode a CBR1000RR-based Suzuka 8 Hour machine at a recent HRC test at Sepang, fueling speculation that he might race the Suzuka 8 Hours race this year.
Retired two-time former MotoGP World Champion Casey Stoner has continually stated that he has no desire to return to racing in the premier class, although he has enjoyed testing with HRC at various times since his depature from the series. Then in late January at Sepang at a private HRC test, besides testing the 2014 and 2015 prototype RC213V machines, Stoner also spent some time on a CBR1000RR-based racebike at the Malaysian circuit. At the time, it was thought that the Australian was simply doing some testing for some superbike-based items as a side project for HRC.
casey stoner to race 2015 suzuka 8 hours
Casey Stoner is excited to be coming out of retirement to race the Suzuka 8 Hours, a race he's always wanted to do in the past but couldn't because of MotoGP obligations.
Now it appears that was more than just a test, as HRC has announced that Stoner will return to racing, only this time just for the Suzuka 8 Hours endurance race scheduled for this July. Stoner will be teamed with the pair who have been part of the winning MuSASHi RT HARC-PRO team the past two years running, All-Japan Superbike championship contender (and three-time Suzuka 8 Hour winner) Takumi Takahashi and World Superbike rookie (and current World Supersport champion) Michael Van der Mark of the Netherlands. The Suzuka 8 Hours race will be a major test for Stoner, as the race takes place in the sweltering summer heat and humidity of Japan, and riders have to do hour-long stints at full sprint race pace. Many riders have stated that the physical toll from the race can last for weeks afterward, and it's been said that many well-known factory riders specifically have their contracts state that they are under no obligation to race the Suzuka 8 Hours, which used to be an almost accepted requirement for factory-sponsored riders in '80s, '90s, and early 2000s.

“After riding the bike in Sepang a few months ago, I’ve been speaking closely with Honda about the possibility to take part in Suzuka," said Stoner. "It’s always been an event I wanted to do and something I was never able to consider when I was racing in MotoGP, due to our busy schedules, so I’m really looking forward to taking part. The bike is very different to a MotoGP machine, but it will be a new challenge and a chance for me to try something new and unlike what I’ve been used to in my racing to this point. I’ve been impressed with Michael van der Mark this season and Takumi Takahashi has a lot of experience on this machine, so I’m looking forward to hearing their comments and working together with them in preparation for the July race. Now I need to concentrate on my training to be ready for the race.”
 

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Will be interesting to see how Stoner goes, and how his lap times compare to the others..
Turn those electronics off! :)
 

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he should be ok..

they only use powdered milk in Japan.
 
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