A recurrence of arm-pump problems left Dani Pedrosa on the sidelines after Qatar. Surgery will hopefully solve the problem bt until he can prove his fitness his career is hanging in the balance. When Casey Stoner made an offer to return to Repsol Honda it was AMAZINGLY rejected by HRC.
The Japanese bosses decided that after two years of pleading with Casey Stoner to return to MotoGP he wasn't ready to come back as a replacement rider.
It appeared Honda were unwilling to risk Casey Stoner looking off the pace and fighting for points rather than podiums. HRC test rider Hiro Aoyama was instread drafted in, and was promptly out-qualified by the Open Hondas in Auston. Surely the risk of seeing Casey Stoner in the lower reaches of the top 10 would have been a more acceptable risk. Casey Stoner took to twitter to vent about the decision, but with a racing return at this year's Suzuka 8 Hours he will get the chance to prove that he is still as fast as ever.Tag: Casey StonerHondaMotoGPDani PedrosaHRCRacingGrand-PrixChampionship