Stefan Bradl's ankle injury at Sepang instantly prompted speculation that Casey Stoner could take over the LCR Honda ride for next weekend's Phillip Island round.

Honda stated that it won't happen, but the front row qualifiers were nonetheless asked if they would like Honda to invite the former double world champion to race in his home Australian round.

27-year-old Stoner, who retired from MotoGP at the end of last year, is unbeaten at Phillip Island since 2007 and has been helping Honda develop next year's MotoGP machines during private tests at Motegi.

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Stoner's Repsol Honda successor Marc Marquez, the 2013 title leader, said: "For me it would be interesting because it's another world champion so it would be good to ride with Casey, but this is a decision for Honda. But for me it would be a dream come true to ride with another world champion."

Valentino Rossi wasn't quite as enthusiastic: "I hope to be in a great shape next weekend! I mean if Stoner comes, try to fight with him, because at Philip Island he's very fast but it looks like we are not so far."

"I told Marc to say 'yes,' but I say 'no' because maybe it means I'm one place further back!" quipped Cal Crutchlow. "It would be good fun if he can come and ride. First of all, I'm sorry for Stefan, it was a real unfortunate crash, but if Casey comes - hopefully he doesn't go too fast!"

Bradl is due to undergo surgery on his fractured ankle in Kuala Lumpur tonight (Saturday).

Stoner, who made his MotoGP debut with LCR in 2006, is already scheduled to ride at Phillip Island next week - in a champions' parade alongside Mick Doohan and Wayne Gardner.

Update: It wasn't just the media interested in seeing Stoner race at Phillip Island. Colin Edwards tweeted: "Grab ur shit and get to the Island @Official_CS27 There's a Honda available (not that u need it, Ducati was good enough for u there)"