Casey Stoner was having a great winning streak in MotoGP, clinching two titles, then suddenly decided to retire. His reason for leaving was a general lack of enjoyment in the sport due to the growing political influence in racing and also the increasing media grid.
To get away from all this, yet still enjoy his passion of riding bikes, the Australian decided to get a bit more covert, continuing as a test rider for HRC since then. And this relationship would continue for 2015 as Stoner will continue as the test rider for the team.
Stoner’s excellent riding skills has been a gift to Team HRC, as the rider has a high sense of understanding the slightest of setup changes on the bikes, translating them to the crew within a matter of just a few laps. His being there with HRC is invaluable to the team and there was no surprise that HRC announced that they would continue and build more on this relationship with the two-time MotoGP world Champion.
Stoner will start his 2015 testing with the first session schedule for January 29-31 at the Sepang circuit in Malaysia, just before the official pre-season IRTA testing. A second test is planned to take place at the end of the year, for which exact dates and times are yet to be finalised.