CARLOS Checa was back at the top this morning after winning the first Tissot-Superpole of the 2013 season at Phillip Island.
As the FIM World Superbike Championship fired up for the new season, it was the Spaniard who emerged man to beat as he took the new Ducati Team Alstare Panigale to the top of the timesheets with a hot lap of 1.30:234.
Eugene Laverty was second fastest as he kicked off his second season with Aprilia factory squad, while third on the grid for Sunday's races is Michel Fabrizio on the Red Devils Roma Aprilia.
THE news this week that MotoGP at Silverstone is to revert to the old pits has raised a few eyebrows.
Not two years on since the Wing opened its doors, motorcycle racing's premier series will abandon it this year and instead head back to the National paddock for the British Grand Prix in August.
According to Silverstone, the reason for the move is that customer feedback has revealed two-wheel fans prefer to get closer to the action while also being able to experience the entertainment, retail stands and manufacturer displays.
EVERY week, football is full of catastrophe, disaster and tragedy.
THERE were 10,276 people at Fratton Park on Tuesday to see the latest act in the tragic comedy unfolding on the South Coast.
One of the most enduring news images on television recently was at the G2 protests.
THERE was much to admire in the Paralympics but much to be annoyed in the TV coverage.
On top of the ad breaks, on top of the studio presenters starring at each other for prompts. we had...
Coverage of the Paralympics has been, at best, patchy.
Channel 4 got off to a bad start when advert breaks made the opening ceremony into a hotch potch of paid-for advertising and plugs for sponsors.
And it didn't get much better as the days went on.
YOU have to admire Joey Barton's brass neck.
As his private jet touched down on sizzling tarmac in the South of France, an earnest Barton was delivering one of the all-time great footballer quotes to the Sky Sports News reporting team that had accompanied him to Marseille.
WHEN Mike Ashley renamed St James' Park after the sportswear company that had turned him into one of Britain's richest men, the menacing warnings that emanated from a wounded Tyneside were stark.
He carries the weight of the world on his shoulder, never smiles, and hardly shaves.