Skip to content

Stoner back to Honda? | MOTOGP | SPORT

Casey Stoner back to Honda? Repsol Honda team manager Alberto Puig avoided a denial, when questioned directly.

It had earlier been confirmed that the Australian double world champion’s “two-plus-one-year” contract as test rider and ambassador with Ducati would not be renewed for next season. This was reported earlier this year, with Stoner staying that since it seemed his advice was being ignored, he was no longer prepared to continue the risky and onerous business of testing.

Ducati team chief Paolo Ciabatti confirmed that the contract had been allowed to lapse “by mutual agreement”, declining to elaborate.

Stoner won his first title with Ducati in 2007, moved to Honda in 2011 and won it again, before retiring after 2012. After that, he tested for HRC, before rejoining Ducati as a tester.

Puig, who was instrumental in bringing Stoner into the championships in 2001, was twice asked if Honda would be seeking his services.

“In the past, Casey was a Honda tester, and a Honda champion, and we have a long personal relationship. We are always open to investigating the possibility.” Many observers interpreted this is: “Yes.”

By Michael Scott

Photos GnG

Stoner, Sepang MotoGP test, February 2017