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Old 03-27-2015, 12:50 AM   #1
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Stoner to make racing comeback in Suzuka 8Hr

Its always been an event I wanted to do says Stoner

Casey Stoner whilst testing with HRC.

HONDA Racing Corporation have announced that Australian Casey Stoner will be returning to racing for this year's Suzuka 8Hour.

The double MotoGP World Champion retired in 2012 and has since been testing for the HRC team, but now he will form part of Honda's MuSASHi RT HARC-PRO three-man team at the 2015 Suzuka 8Hr in July.

Stoner has recently renewed his testing contract with HRC and after testing the Suzuka CBR1000RR machine, the Australian had nothing negative to report to the Honda engineers.

The 29-year-old said: “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.

"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."

Stoner will race the Suzuka 8Hr with Honda's World Superbike rider Michael van der Mark and MFJ All Japan Road Race JSB1000 Championship along with HRC's test rider Takumi Takahashi will be hoping to achieve Honda's sixth consecutive win in the prestigious endurance event.

"I’ve been impressed with Michael van der Mark this season," continued Stoner.

"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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