The British Superbike champion is chasing a fourth title but has lost his speed advantage

Jorge Lorenzo: The Spanish rider won his second world championship last season

MotoGP: Jorge Lorenzo and the returning Valentino Rossi storm to Yamaha one-two in Qatar

Spain’s double world champion Jorge Lorenzo drew first blood by taking the MotoGP floodlit season opener from pole in Qatar yesterday as Italy’s Valentino Rossi stormed to second.

Marc Marquez in practice action before tomorrow’s race in Qatar

Motorcycling: On your Marc Marquez... but will it be historic debut?

Spanish whizzkid has style and class to go for victory – maybe even a title – first time out

Alex Zanardi at the 2012 Paralympic Games

Alex Zanardi: next stop Rio 2016 for the comeback kid who never gave up

Former F1 driver, who lost his legs in a crash 11 years ago, won paracycling gold at London 2012 and tells Robin Scott-Elliot his amazing journey is far from over

Leading article: Party hats

What's in a name? Plenty, according to the frontrunner for the leadership of the Scottish Tories. If Murdo Fraser takes over, he plans to separate his party from David Cameron's Conservatives and re-launch under a new name. It won't make a great deal of difference to the fortunes of Mr Cameron's party in Parliament, as the Tories have only one MP north of the border, Dumfriesshire's David Mundell. Whether assuming a new name can revive Tory fortunes in Scotland is another matter. What voters there clearly do not like are Tory policies, not the party's name. Mr Fraser is certainly thinking outside the box but he needs to concentrate on content as well as branding.

Steve Connor: Big Tobacco's big fear is a brand-free packaging law

The next big battle for the tobacco industry – some might say the final battle – will be waged around the issue of legislation that forces their cancer-causing products into plain cigarette packets that are free of company logos and branding.

The five principles of a good brief

Getting the best out of a marketing programme begins with being clear about what you want to achieve. Mark Rollinson explains why the success or failure of a marketing project begins with the brief

UK takes the shine off Signet's results

The UK arm of Signet suffered a slump in profits in its second quarter, as dire consumer spending took the shine off the retail jewellery group's US results. Its H Samuel, Ernest Jones and Leslie Davis chains in the UK posted operating income down by 40 per cent to $2.8m (£1.7m) for the second quarter to 30 July.

MP battles council over 'nuisance' plane tree

The conservative MP Alan Duncan has gone into battle with Westminster Council over the removal of an "enormous" tree he says is blighting his London home.


In an article in Saturday's paper, we reported that Manassen Foods, the Australian- branded food business being bought by China's Bright Food, is the owner of the Ryvita brand. In fact, while Manassen distributes the crispbread in Australia, the Ryvita brand is actually owned by the UK-listed group, Associated British Foods.

Video: Building a strong personal brand

Alexia Leachman of Blossoming Brands explains how having a strong personal brand will make people buy into you as an individual, which is important if you want to get new business, seek investment, or get people to work for you.

The musicians who dream of joining a rock'n'roll brand

Once they would have been called sell-outs, but today's artists are keen to take the corporate dollar, says Elisa Bray

Jersey Shore cast 'damages' clothing brand

Abercrombie and Fitch is offering to pay Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino and his fellow Jersey Shore cast members if they will stop wearing the brand on the show.

Nestle sees strong growth in sales

Nestle raised its annual outlook yesterday after strong emerging markets demand for its Maggi and Nescafe brands boosted the underlying sales for the first half of the year by 7.5 per cent.

The Switch: personal branding

Personal presentation is just as important as any business plan, says Marianne Abib-Pech
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Could cannabis oil reverse effects of cancer?

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People have consumed gripping armchair investigation Serial with a relish typically reserved for box-set binges
Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up for hipster marketing companies

Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up

Kevin Lee Light, aka "Jesus", is the newest client of creative agency Mother while rival agency Anomaly has launched Sexy Jesus, depicting the Messiah in a series of Athena-style poses
Rosetta space mission voted most important scientific breakthrough of 2014

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Mulled wine is an essential seasonal treat. But now drinkers are rediscovering other traditional festive tipples. Angela Clutton raises a glass to Christmas cocktails
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Up the ante in your regimen and change the habits of a lifetime with this wearable tech
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Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Club World Cup kicked into the long grass by the continued farce surrounding Blatter, Garcia, Russia and Qatar
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Frank Warren: Boxing is back and winning new fans

2014 proves it's now one of sport's biggest hitters again
Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton: The power dynamics of the two first families

Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton

Karen Tumulty explores the power dynamics of the two first families
Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley with a hotbed of technology start-ups

Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley

The Swedish capital is home to two of the most popular video games in the world, as well as thousands of technology start-ups worth hundreds of millions of pounds – and it's all happened since 2009
Did Japanese workers really get their symbols mixed up and display Santa on a crucifix?

Crucified Santa: Urban myth refuses to die

The story goes that Japanese store workers created a life-size effigy of a smiling "Father Kurisumasu" attached to a facsimile of Our Lord's final instrument of torture
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The Boy in the Dress: On set with the stars

Walliams' story about a boy who goes to school in a dress will be shown this Christmas