Casey Stoner will become the 20th rider to be awarded the prestigious title of MotoGP Legend at his home Grand Prix at Phillip Island this weekend.
The double world champion was nominated for the accolade immediately after his final premier class race at Valencia in November last year.
Stoner won world titles on both Ducati (2007) and Honda (2011) machinery and for that Dorna CEO Carmela Ezpeleta believes MotoGP is right to acknowledge his achievements in the sport.
“The last time I saw Casey was in Valencia on the podium and I asked him if we could nominate him as a MotoGP Legend and he said it would be a great honour to accept,” Ezpeleta told MCN recently.
“I have a lot of respect for him and he has been one of the best riders ever in MotoGP.
“His skills are amazing and he did something special by winning two championships on two makes, Ducati and Honda. He was incredibly successful and he is a MotoGP legend."
Stoner retired from MotoGP last season at the relatively young age of 27 – moving to the V8 Supercar championship in his native Australia – but he is planning to take a break from all motorsport in 2014.
The two-time world champion joins Barry Sheene, Mike Hailwood, John Surtees, Phil Read, Giacomo Agostini and Kenny Roberts among others as a MotoGP Legend.
He also follows in the footsteps of compatriots Mick Doohan and Wayne Gardner as Australia’s third MotoGP Legend.