Stoner, who announced his retirement in May, citing his disillusionment with the sport and the grind of touring, was hailed by a huge crowd in pit lane long after the checkered flag.
“It’s been a fantastic buildup. It was very important for me to win a race before I retire and to do it at my home Grand Prix here was just a fairytale,” said Stoner, who won his first title with Ducati in 2007, and finishes his career at the age of 27.
“This whole weekend has gone almost ideally and the crowd of people, the fans, everything has just been amazing,” he said. “It gives me a great feeling and a great pride to be out there as an Aussie to make everybody proud.”