MotoGP: Casey Stoner to carry out Honda test in Japan

Casey Stoner (number 27) drives his Red Bull Pirtek Holden during race two of round two in the V8 Supercars Dunlop Development Series in Perth, Western Australia

Former world champion Casey Stoner will test for Honda in Japan next month, heightening rumours he could return to MotoGP, although Honda deny he will be used as a wildcard this season.

In an interview with Australia's MotoGP website,external-link Stoner said he was "still happy" with his decision to quit.

But he added: "There are times I miss riding my RC213V so I'm really happy Honda asked me to do some testing."

The 27-year-old will test at the Motegi circuit in Japan on 6 and 7 August.

Stoner won the 2007 and 2011 MotoGP world titles but retired in 2012 because of the "direction of the sport".

He has since been racing in the second tier of Australian V8 cars (left in picture above) but said the two-day test "will allow me to enjoy what I miss, which is riding a MotoGP bike".

Stoner won the second of his MotoGP titles riding a Honda, with the first coming on a Ducati.

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