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Old 11-23-2015, 10:40 AM   #1
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Stoner and HRC part company

The Australian is making a return to Ducati

HONDA Racing Corporation have announced today that they are parting company with Casey Stoner whom has been with the Japanese manufacturer for five years.

Stoner joined the factory Honda MotoGP Squad in 2011 under the Repsol Honda Team title and after five years together, the dream team have now parted company.

The Australian won ten races on the RC212V bike as well as another six podium finishes throughout the season as clinched the World Championship at his home Grand Prix at Phillip Island that year.

Throughout his career with Honda, Stoner has achieved a total of 15 victories, 2 second positions, 9 third positions which total to 26 podiums positions. The now 30-year-old took 17 pole positions and 9 fastest race laps as well as celebrating a second place finish and one pole position aboard the satellite LCR Honda in 2006.

After winning two Championships with Honda, announcing his retirement from MotoGP and then becoming the factory test rider, HRC and Stoner have now parted company with speculation of a return to Ducati.

Shuhei Nakamoto said: 'We have great memories of Casey’s time with Honda. From the moment he arrived in 2011 in the Repsol Honda Team we had a very close relationship and we always enjoyed speaking to him about racing and technical matters.

'Of course his Championship win in 2011 was a very special moment for us and a highlight of my career. Even after his racing days were over, I enjoyed attending his tests to take with him and spend time together.

'We would like to thank him for everything he gave to us over the past five years and send our best wishes to him and his family.'

Honda Racing Corporation have added that they would like to thank Casey for all that he achieved during his time at Honda, and wish him and his family the very best for the future.

It has been confirmed that Stoner will be re-joining forces with Ducati as their test rider for the 2016 season with a potential wildcard in the 2016 MotoGP World Championship.

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