Casey Stoner tested the Honda RC213V on Tuesday, August 6 as part of Honda’s development tests at the Twin Ring Motegi Circuit in Tochigi, Japan.
The Australian won his second career title with Honda in 2011, and decided to retire at the end of 2012. Since then, he has been racing in the V8 Supercars series in Australia. Stoner returned to Honda as a test rider, working on the evolution of the current RC213V. He is scheduled to do four tests in Motegi in 2013.
Under cloudy conditions on the first of two testing days planned, Stoner rode the RC213V for the first time since November 2012 in Valencia, which was the final grand prix of the season. After an anything-but-rusty Stoner ran 6 laps, the test was suspended due to heavy rain. Road surface conditions did not improve, thus ending the first day of testing.