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Honda 'can talk' to Lorenzo



Honda are in no rush to decide Casey Stoner's replacement and will "obviously" talk to Jorge Lorenzo, says vice president Shuhei Nakamoto.

Stoner announced earlier this month that he would be walking away from MotoGP at the end of this season, citing his disillusionment with the sport as one of his main reasons.

The Australian's pending departure has, naturally, raised the question of who will replace him with many expecting that teammate Dani Pedrosa will be the one to step up into the leadership role.

However, Pedrosa is not Honda's only option as the reigning Champs have revealed they could yet talk to Stoner's main rival, Yamaha's Jorge Lorenzo.

"I need to gather my ideas and discuss with my bosses in Japan," Autosport reports Nakamoto as having told Italian publication Motosprint. "Nothing is impossible now.

"First of all I want to talk properly to Dani because he's very strong and he's been with us for many years. We can talk to Lorenzo, obviously. With Casey leaving we need to rebuild."

Nakamoto also refused to rule out Stoner returning to the sport one day in the future.

"Maybe after spending one year in Australia he may feel nostalgic. Few things in this world give you the adrenaline you get from racing.

"After all, he'll turn 27 in October: even if he stayed out for one or two years he could come back before he turns 30 and he'd still be strong."

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