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

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Dani Pedrosa won the Indianapolis MotoGP yesterday to claim his third victory of the season and close the gap on runaway championship leader and compatriot Jorge Lorenzo.

Police avoided chasing no-helmet bike thieves

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Sykes savours double British Superbike victory

Kawasaki rider Tom Sykes made a triumphant return to the British Superbike Championship with a double victory at Brands Hatch.

Ben Keith: Multi-instrumentalist, producer and integral member of Neil Young's band

When Neil Young came to Nashville to tape an appearance for The Johnny Cash Show on ABC television in February 1971, he had dinner with Elliot Mazer, the record producer who had left New York for the capital of country music and designed and built Quadrafonic Sound Studios in a two-storey house there. The singer-songwriter expressed a desire to use this facility and said all he needed was a rhythm section and a pedal steel guitarist. Mazer suggested Area Code 615 drummer Kenny Buttrey and then bassist Tim Drummond, who in turn mentioned local musician Ben Keith, one of Nashville's "A Team" of session players, best known at that point for playing the beautiful harmony part on Patsy Cline's signature song "I Fall to Pieces" in 1961. "I'd heard of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, of course," Keith later recalled. "But I had no idea that Neil recorded solo. I arrived for the session after he'd already started playing, so I set up real quietly, and I could tell this was not just another session, that this guy had some real magic happening. We cut half the album before he stopped to introduce himself! After that it got pretty exciting."

Crutchlow's first victories so sweet

The 24-year-old British rider Cal Crutchlow scored the first World Superbike wins of his career when he blazed to a double victory in his home round at Silverstone yesterday on his Yamaha YZF R1.

Honda offers three-year support deal

Honda is providing an attractive three-year support package on selected Jazz, Civic and Insight models. The campaign lasts until 28 September.

Okada takes the blame after Japanese courage is undone by timid tactics

Paraguay 0 Japan 0 (aet; Paraguay win 5-3 on penalties)

Keisuke Honda: Star able to rival brand Beckham

Scouting report

Honda drives Japan into second round

Denmark 1 Japan 3

Stunning free-kicks secure Japan's place in last 16

Denmark 1 Japan 3

Motorcycling: Lorenzo benefits from absence of Rossi to extend lead in championship race

Spain's Jorge Lorenzo ran away with the British MotoGP from pole position for Yamaha at Silverstone yesterday to extend his championship lead to 37 points.

Honda drives Japan past stalling Cameroon

Japan 1 Cameroon 0

Car Choice: It's got to be right for the rural rough stuff

Alan Corsie needs to replace his Honda CR-V. He lives in rural Perth and Kinross, which gets some snow every year – a lot this year – and his work takes him up rough farm tracks and across fields. He therefore requires four-wheel drive and good ground clearance. The vehicle also has to be the main family car at weekends, and needs to carry two adults, three children, and a dog. His budget is the trade-in value of the Honda, plus £10,000-£12,000.

Motorcycling: Easton breaks duck to move into second

Stuart Easton claimed his first win of the 2010 British Superbike season in the first of two races at Oulton Park yesterday.

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