Casey Stoner completed the final chapter of his Phillip Island fairytale by winning his home race for the sixth successive time, on his last Australian MotoGP appearance before retirement.
The double world champion made his comeback from ankle surgery two rounds earlier, and hadn't won since Laguna Seca in mid-July, before his Indianapolis injuries.
But the 27-year-old was in a class of his own from the very first Friday laps at Phillip Island, despite a fall in qualifying, with the race soon turning into a demonstration ride.
Stoner took the lead when Repsol Honda team-mate Dani Pedrosa slid off just in front of him on lap two and went on to win by over nine-seconds from Yamaha's Jorge Lorenzo, who secured his second world title.
A huge, cheering Australian crowd, many attending to see Stoner's final home race, then swarmed onto pit lane for the podium ceremony.
“My time's counting down now and in the last three races we've gone fifth, third and now first,” smiled Stoner.
“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 fairytale.
“This whole weekend has gone almost ideally. The crowd of people, fans has just been amazing. I've never seen Cowes so busy.
“I know a big part of the reason they are here is to watch me ride. So it gives me a great feeling and great pride to be out there, as an Aussie, and making everybody proud.
“It was just a fantastic day today. So we've just topped off the end of a difficult year and I think there's no better way to do it than in front of your home crowd.
“A crowd this big and this enthusiastic is something else.”
The Australian fans enjoyed a dream day of racing, with Arthur Sissis third in Moto3, then Anthony West second in Moto2, followed by Stoner's victory.