Honda apologizes to Casey Stoner after Suzuka crash

Honda has apologized to Casey Stoner after finding that a "throttle mechanical issue" was to blame for his high-speed crash during Sunday’s Suzuka 8 Hour race.

The former MotoGP World Champion suffered multiple injuries in the crash, including a broken scapula and fractured tibia.

After conducting a detailed analysis, Honda Racing Corporation (HRC) released the following statement:

"This kind of problem hasn’t arisen before, however, HRC will cease using this throttle specification and will design a new one to be used for endurance races.

"HRC would like to apologize to Casey Stoner and thank him for the effort he made in attending the Suzuka 8 Hour event."

Stoner was leading the endurance classic for HARC-Pro Honda at the time of the malfunction. However, heavy damage to the bike put an end to the team’s quest for a third consecutive Suzuka 8 Hour victory.

It was Stoner’s first competitive motorcycle race since retiring from MotoGP in 2012.