Honda Racing Corporation has confirmed that Casey Stoner will complete four tests for the Japanese factory at its Motegi circuit facility over the coming months.
Stoner, who won the 2011 MotoGP title with Repsol Honda and retired from the sport at the end of last season, had been rumoured to be lined up for a wild card ride at a Grand Prix later this season but this speculation was categorically ruled out by HRC.
Instead, the Australian will climb aboard the RC213V and work alongside Honda's R&D team to develop the machine and also a new production racer, which will be sold to selected teams as part of the new regulations coming into MotoGP next year.
“It's been almost seven months now since Valencia and I'm still happy and comfortable with the decision I made to stop racing,” said Stoner in a press release sent out by HRC.
“Sometimes I miss riding my RCV, so I am happy that HRC asked me to do some tests in Motegi this year. This will allow me to enjoy what I miss: riding a MotoGP bike!
I'm looking forward to getting on the bike and see how it has changed from last year and I'd like to thank Honda for this opportunity.
Stoner bowed out of MotoGP after the Valencia Grand Prix last November at the age of just 27, having collected two titles and 38 premier class wins during a decorated career, and has this year been driving in the Dunlop V8 Supercar Series.