But even Stoner is unsure who will inherit his crown as king of the Island, and is predicting a tense, three-way battle in Sunday’s race.
The firmly retired Stoner will compete a lap of honor before settling in to watch the contest for a new winner.
Stoner says that his both his former Honda teammate Pedrosa and Yamaha rider Lorenzo are capable of winning Sunday’s 27-lap race.
“A lot people underestimate Dani and he is fast at the Island, as is Jorge who was second to me there last year,” Stoner said.
“Unfortunately, Dani and Jorge both had injuries mid-season when Marc (Marquez) built some confidence with some race wins.
“Now everyone is fit. It is difficult to pick one out of these three for the win. Marc has also been fast there in the lower categories, and he has done a great job in his first MotoGP year.
“Dani is always strong in these late season races and he won at Sepang last Sunday and had a good chance of winning Aragon two weeks ago until he crashed in the incident with Marc.
“And even Valentino Rossi should be fast again now that he is back with Yamaha.”
Marquez is the championship leader by 43 points with six race wins to Lorenzo’s five, with Pedrosa on three out of 15 races. Seven-time champion Rossi has just one win.
While a legion of fans will miss Stoner on track, it is unlikely Lorenzo, Marquez, Pedrosa and Rossi will share that sentiment.
On both Ducatis and Hondas, Stoner was untouchable at the world’s fastest MotoGP track for six years until his early retirement at 27 after his final victory in 2012.
“The Island is a very special place for me and I will always believe I know some secrets about that track that no one else does,” Stoner said.
“I can honestly say that in my six wins there that I never rode at 100 percent; I always had something up my sleeve.”
Stoner is certain of only one thing: He is not giving up any of his Island secrets.