Sport John Button celebrates with his son Jenson after he claimed the 2009 Formula 1 drivers' world championship

The British driver was talking at the launch of McLaren's new car

Portuguese driver Carlos Sousa in action during the first stage of the Rally Dakar 2014

Dakar Rally: Carlos Sousa takes an early lead with Minis in hot pursuit

Carlos Sousa held off a trio of Minis to claim stage one in the car classification as the two-week Dakar Rally got under way in Argentina.

Gosport hit-and-run deaths: Man charged with manslaughter of two girls

Twenty-year old man remanded in custody after court appearance, with next hearing to take place tomorrow

Dani Pedrosa (26) leads the pack on his way to victory at the Malaysian Moto GP in Sepang

MotoGP: Marc Marquez closes in on title despite Dani Pedrosa win in Malaysia

Spain’s Dani Pedrosa won the Malaysian Grand Prix for the second year in a row but his compatriot Marc Marquez finished second to move to the brink of clinching the Moto GP title in his rookie season.

Honda's Marc Marquez will start tomorrow's Malaysian Grand Prix from pole ahead of Valentino Rossi and Cal Crutchlow

MotoGP: Marc Marquez pips Valentino Rossi to pole in Malaysia while Britain's Cal Crutchlow will start third

The championship leader puts himself in a good position to extend his lead with rivals Jorge Lorenzo and Dani Pedrosa starting on the second row

Jorge Lorenzo heads for victory in the San Marino GP

Motorcycling: Jorge Lorenzo stays in title hunt with smooth fifth victory

Jorge Lorenzo continued his fightback in the MotoGP title race after securing back-to-back wins with victory in Sunday’s San Marino Grand Prix at Misano. The Yamaha rider lined up second on the grid but overtook leader Marc Marquez on the opening lap and went on to a comprehensive win.

Cyber culture: The only way to guarantee safety on the roads - remove car drivers

At the end of August, Honda unveiled a new system it's been working on to improve the safety of pedestrians who have to cope not only with badly driven vehicles in their vicinity but also their own tendency to wander into roads without looking.

Scott Redding stands on cusp of history

Motorcycling: Scott Redding stands on cusp of history after daring last-gasp dash to victory

British rider close to wrapping up Moto2 title as Lorenzo keeps Marquez battle alive

The wins put Lowes on 293 points in the overall standings

Motorcycling: Double win a new high for Alex Lowes

Alex Lowes recorded his first double success of the British Superbike Championship with a pair of victories at Cadwell Park yesterday.

Marc Marquez made it four straight MotoGP race wins with victory at the Czech Grand Prix

MotoGP: Marquez wins four in a row

Marc Marquez made it four straight MotoGP race wins with victory at the Czech Grand Prix to extend his lead in the world championships to 26 points.

Luis Suarez in action for Uruguay against Japan

Japan 2 Uruguay 4 match report: Liverpool striker Luis Suarez and Manchester United forward Shinji Kagawa on target during international friendly

Suarez hits the headlines for the right reasons as South Americans run-out easy winners in Rifu

Casey Stoner denies MotoGP return

Casey Stoner has again reiterated he has no intention of returning to MotoGP in the wake of completing a two-day test with Honda. Double world champion Stoner quit the sport at the end of last year, claiming he no longer enjoyed competing.

Motorcycling: Fast learner Lowes promises to end Byrne’s run of victories at Brands

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

Honda Motor’s humanoid robot Asimo at the Miraikan Museum in Tokyo

World’s best-loved robot flunks its first proper job: Asimo flustered by visitors’ gestures and questions while working as museum guide

It must have seemed like a good idea at the time: one of Japan’s top science museums has borrowed Honda Motor’s iconic spaceman robot, Asimo, as a guide. But the confused bot is struggling to distinguish between people raising their hands to ask a question and just taking photos.

Mark Cavendish wears the red jersey as winner of the points classification (Gian Mattia D'Alberto/AP)

Mark Cavendish wins National Road Race

Mark Cavendish won a sprint finish to claim his first National Road Race Championship in Glasgow on Sunday. The Manx rider overtook David Millar on the home straight and held off the challenge of Ian Stannard, who recovered from a puncture in the penultimate lap to claim silver.

Mexico 2 Japan 1 match report: Javier Hernandez double sees Mexico beat Japan to third in Confederations Cup group

Javier Hernandez scored twice as well as missing a penalty as Mexico beat Japan to finish third in Group A of the Confederations Cup in Belo Horizonte.

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