Two-time MotoGP World Champion Casey Stoner insists there are only two formulas that could cause him to return to racing in the premier class - more horsepower and no electronics on the current four-stroke machines or a change in specifications to two-stroke, 750cc engines.
Stoner retired after the 2012 season and pursued a new career in Australian V8 Supercars. But he struggled in his first season in the series' introductory class and abandoned four-wheel racing for this year earlier this month. Stoner also has tested Honda MotoGP bikes this season for HRC, a role he will continue this fall on the 2014 edition of the RC213V.
But despite rumors of a possible wild-card outing in October at his home track of Phillip Island, Stoner said he has no desire to return this year or at any time. Unless ...
"If they remove the electronics and greatly increase the performance of motorcycles, I might think about making a comeback," Stoner said told German media. "Maybe when the four-stroke has 300 horsepower and have no electronics. Or if there were even 750cc, two-stroke engines, that would be interesting.
"I just want more horsepower to do more on the bike and less of the stuff that makes it any easier to drive these machines. Then I could have a lot of fun and really enjoy to ride these bikes."
Current 1000cc MotoGP engines produce about 260 horsepower. But that's not enough for Stoner.
"The current generation MotoGP has not enough power for me," Stoner said. "I felt this after the test at Motegi. I want more and more power every time I drive these machines. That's why I have so much I struggled with the electronics and the fact that the engineers would try to control the power. I have asked them to turn off the traction control, because I wanted to feel the power in my right hand."