It’s been a long wait, 3 years nearly, does Stoner still have what it takes to be a champion?
After staying clear of the competitive 2 wheel racing scene since announcing his retirement from the sport at the end of the 2012 season, 2 time Moto GP world champion Casey Stoner is back and ready to debut at this weekends Suzuka 8 Hours endurance race in Japan.
Stoner will be the pilot of a CBR1000RR racing along side World Supersport Champion and winner for the last two years, Michael van der Mark and Takumi Takahashi.
Certain events and interviews over the last few months have even raised the the question will he return to MotoGP?
Casey Stoner prepares to race in the Suzuka 8 Hours.
It’s a question that continues to haunt Stoner whenever he steps in front of the press.
To be fair, the events of the last few months have given us plenty of dots to connect.
He started the year testing Honda’s MotoGP bike at Sepang. Honda revealed he will race for them at Suzuka. Stoner even made a genuine, mouth-watering offer to replace the injured Dani Pedrosa at MotoGP’s Austin round.
While it is easy to suggest those dots form a path leading him back to the sport he left so abruptly, Stoner maintains that a full-time comeback is not part of his agenda.
“I’m not planning on doing any wildcards, I’m not planning on coming back or anything like this,” Stoner said.
“I was going to fill in for Dani. I was approached, I was considered, and then unfortunately they decided against it. It would have been a lot of fun to ride a new track that I haven’t been on with Austin.
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