Former double MotoGP world champion Casey Stoner has been appointed a 'Member of the Order of Australia (AM)' in the Queen's birthday honours.

The Australian, who retired from MotoGP at the end of last season, received the honour "For significant service to motorcycle racing".

Stoner was a full time grand prix rider from 2002-2012, claiming 38 of his 45 victories in the premier MotoGP class, where he won world titles for Ducati (2007) and Honda (2011).

After finishing third in last year's championship, the 27-year-old has now turned his attention to V8 touring car racing.

On 17 May 2012, during the pre-event press conference at the French Grand Prix, Stoner announced that he would retire from MotoGP at the end of the season. He stated that he was no longer enjoying competing in the series.

On 27 February 2013, two days before his debut at the Adelaide Street Circuit, Stoner unveiled his Red Bull Pirtek Holden VE Commodore, the same car that was driven to victory in the 2010 Bathurst 1000 by Mark Skaife and Craig Lowndes.


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