Stoner tests Fireblade in Sepang

Author: Oli Rushby Posted: 31 Jan 2015

Stoner tested the GP bike and a Fireblade

Casey Stoner has tested a Suzuka 8hr-spec CBR1000RR Fireblade at a private MotoGP test in Japan. 

The double world champion was taking part in a scheduled, private test on the RC213V MotoGP machine when HRC engineers asked if he’d like to test Honda’s production model.

“Riding the CBR was very different,” said the Aussie. “I’ve never really ridden that kind of bike, the shifting, riding position, engine power, weight characteristics etc. was quite difficult and took some time getting used to.

“After a few exits I had more of an understanding and was able to give some feedback. In general it was a lot of fun and I enjoyed being able to feel the rear of the bike step out!”

Stoner spent most of his time completing back-to-back sessions on the 2014 and 2015 RC213Vs but also worked with some new, aluminium calipers from Brembo.

“On the first day we worked on the base setup and tested some small things before the rain arrived and we had to stop. Then on day two I spent a lot of time doing a back-to-back chassis comparison from last year’s bike to this year’s and I also tested different variations of the chassis. 

“Brembo brought some new aluminium calipers for us to try and Honda Had several other test items which we managed to get through before the rain came once again. 

“On the final day we confirmed some feelings from day one and tried a few electronic packages as well as some different suspension.”

Stoner is scheduled to take part in at least one further Grand Prix test this year. Testing for the 2015 MotoGP season kicks off in Sepang next week.

 

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