Two-time MotoGP world champion Casey Stoner might be in for a busier 2015 than he expected. Days after confirming his participation in the Suzuka 8-Hour event this July, the Australian racing legend has also signed up to be part of the Top Gear Festival Sydney this coming April 2015.

That’s right, ladies and gentlemen! Casey Stoner will not only represent Team Australia in a motoring battle against the Top Gear hosts in what’s being billed as “The Cr-Ashes,” he will also attempt to set a two-wheeled lap record while riding a Honda RCV1000R around the Sydney Motorsport Park.

Top Gear hosts Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, and James May will all be in attendance. So will be the show’s eponymous test driver, the Stig. But despite the presence of these global celebrities, Stoner might very well upstage all of them as he tries to set a new lap record for a motorcycle around the track. I certainly hope he pulls it off, if only to see what the Top Gear hosts have to say after he does it.

But in the event Stoner fails to break the lap record around the track, he can let out his frustration on the hosts when he joins Team Australia in “The Cr-Ashes,” a series of ridiculous events that combines cars and sports together in one setting. Clearly, there’s nothing normal about these events, which include Sidecar Polo, V8 Cricket, Car Soccer, and apparently for the first time ever, Car Rugby Penalty Shootout.

Yep. Car Rugby Penalty Shootout.

I don’t know what that looks like or how it’s going to be played, but with Stoner and the Top Gear hosts all being a part of it, I’m sure it’s going to be a rollicking event for everybody.

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Why it matters

I’ll be the first to admit that I’m looking forward to seeing Casey Stoner lay the smack down on Jeremy Clarkson in “The Cr-Ashes.”

But I’ll be lying, too, if I said that it’s the highlight of his participation in the event. What I’m really looking forward to is his record-setting attempt around the Sydney Motorsport Park GP Circuit. It’s one thing for a strapping young rider to pull off that feat, but for a man who has achieved MotoGP greatness - twice - and has 45 race wins across three premier riding classes, a record-breaking run around his home track would be a tremendous way to remind everybody that just because he’s up there in age, Stoner can still ride the hell out of his Honda RCV1000R.

If anything, a record run would also help boost his confidence as he starts training ahead of his participation in the prestigious Suzuka 8-hours race this coming July. Who’s not rooting for this man to beat the odds and accomplish all of these things in a span of four months.

I’ll certainly have my pom-poms ready, as should all of you.

Source: Top Gear

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