Casey Stoner will become the 20th MotoGP rider to be inducted into the series' Hall of Fame as a MotoGP Legend. (Photo: Getty Images)

will become the 20th rider to be inducted into the series’ Hall of Fame as a Legend. (Photo: Getty Images)

Two-time MotoGP World Champion Casey Stoner will be inducted into the series’ Hall of Fame as a MotoGP Legend during next week’s Tissot Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix.

The Australian will thus become the 20th MotoGP Legend, joining an exclusive club already including Giacomo Agostini, Mick Doohan, Geoff Duke, Wayne Gardner, Mike Hailwood, Daijiro Kato, Eddie Lawson, Anton Mang, Angel Nieto, Wayne Rainey, Phil Read, Jim Redman, Kenny Roberts, Jarno Saarinen, Kevin Schwantz, Barry Sheene, Freddie Spencer, John Surtees and Carlo Ubbiali.

“Casey will be inducted as a MotoGP Legend at Phillip Island and he has told me he will be honored to accept,” says Dorna CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta. “He has been one of the best riders in the history of MotoGP. His skills are amazing and he did something very special by winning two championships on two different makes, Ducati and Honda.”

One year after retiring from MotoGP, Stoner will return to the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit to join fellow Aussie World Champions Wayne Gardner and Mick Doohan for a lap of honor at the 2013 Tissot Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix.

“I am humbled by this recognition of my career and it will be a great honour to accept the award – it is something I never expected,” says the World Champion of 2007 and 2011.

Stoner concluded his career in Valencia last year, taking third position in a thrilling race ran in mixed conditions. He retired at the age of 27, having amassed two MotoGP World Championships, 45 Grand Prix victories, 89 podium finishes and 43 pole positions.

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