During a test day at Bira International Circuit, close to Thailand's playground of Pattaya City, Moto2 racer and temporary monk Ratthapark Wilairot was on hand to help his younger brother, Ratthapong, get back into the racing groove after a spell studying law at university.

Said by many in Thai racing to mix the Wilairot racing dynasty's natural speed with an extra dose of aggression, Ratthapong rode a factory-prepared Honda CBR 600RR to play himself back in.

While Honda's press officer was keeping tight-lipped, it is believed that he is being prepared for the All-Japan Supersport series in 2012.

Road racer Gary Johnson, who will ride for Honda UK in 2012, was also at the test (pictured), helping a friend to set up a CBR 1000RR for the last races of the season over the weekend of 24-25 December.

Johnson, whose Honda contract comes into effect on 1 January, is expected to enter the event as a wild-card on a borrowed Suzuki GSX-R750.