News 18 Oct 2011

Honda Racing Corporation boss thanks Stoner and the Repsol team

HRC vice-president Shuhei Nakamoto congratulates Casey Stoner on his success in 2011.

HRC vice-president Shuhei Nakamoto congratulates Casey Stoner on his success in 2011.

Honda Racing Corporation Shuhei Nakamoto has thanked Australian Casey Stoner and the Repsol Honda team for delivering HRC its first title in the 800cc era of the MotoGP World Championship.

HRC was yet to win a premier class title in the 800cc era that was introduced in 2007, however the signing of Stoner proved genius by Honda as he clinched the title with two races to spare – Honda’s 18th premier class world title.

“The feeling is of course very happy, today I can relax little bit, because almost every night I wake up thinking about something, doing some memo to remember to check or do something… this is my first feeling after the race!” Nakamoto-san said.

“I want to say to all Honda fans and sponsors, thank you very much for your support and especially to all Honda people and in particular to everyone at HRC and in Honda R&D centre. Then I’d like to thank the Repsol Honda Team crew, all of them.

“A big thanks to all our Honda riders that push each other during this season and achieved great results. Then of course I want to thank Casey Stoner. He did a great job since the first day he rode the RC212V and he brings great enthusiasm to everybody in HRC.

“Tonight we will celebrate, but starting from tomorrow morning we will start working again to finish this season at top, win the Team Championship and to prepare the 2013 new challenge with the 1000cc.”

Stoner celebrated his 26th birthday with the best gift he could give himself on Sunday, the 2011 MotoGP World Championship. Stoner sealed his second MotoGP title with his fifth victory in a row on his home track.