Newly crowned double MotoGP world champion Jorge Lorenzo has hailed Casey Stoner as the most talented rider he has ever seen.

Lorenzo has raced against Stoner for much of his grand prix career, each rider winning two MotoGP titles.

But while Lorenzo will be fighting for a third premier-class crown in 2013, Stoner is heading for retirement, at the age of 27.

"I have a lot of respect for Casey because he is probably the most talented rider I have ever seen on a racetrack," said Lorenzo.

"Pure talent. Extremely quick.

"But he decided to retire, to stay with his family and enjoy life without racing. We will miss him a lot."

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