Australian motorcycle legend Casey Stoner will come out of retirement to compete in the marathon Suzuka 8-Hour race. The 29 year old will share duties with World Superbike rider Michael van der Mark and Takumi Takahashi, who together have won the past two races.
Stoner has been on and off the Honda MotoGP bike as an official Test rider, however, the Suzuka 8-Hour will be his first stint back as a racer since retiring at the age of 27.
“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,” the 29-year-old said.
“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.”
Stoner said the CBR1000RR, was very different to a MotoGP machine, but labelled it a “new challenge and a chance for me to try something new and unlike what I’ve been used to in my racing”.
“Now I need to concentrate on my training to be ready for the race,” he said.
Team principal Shigeki Honda said he was very happy to have the “legendary” Stoner join the outfit.
“We believe that with his fantastic experience, coupled with our team’s know-how after many years of involvement at this event, we can make our dreams come true,” he said.