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BRIT Tom Sykes pinched pole position for Saturday’s afternoon’s opening race of the World Superbike series, clocking the fastest time late in qualifying at Phillip Island.

The Kawasaki Racing rider recorded a last-lap time of 1min 30.099 sec, edging out Aprilia’s Eugene Laverty by 0.24 seconds and Marco Melandri on a Ducati third.

Sykes, the 2013 world champion, has never won at Phillip Island. The Yorkshireman’s best finishes were third placings in 2012 and last year.

His Kawasaki teammate, Jonathan Rea, the defending champion and winner of five of the last six races at the island, was sixth was will start from the second row.

The session was interrupted by a series of crashes as Lorenzo Savadori, who was fastest in Friday’s practice, went down at Turn 6 bringing out the red flag, and then Leon Camier, Xavi Torres and then Alex Lowes all went down.

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F1 news 2021: George Russell apologises to Valtteri Bottas, statement, Italian GP crash, furious reaction

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George Russell has backed down and admitted his own mistakes after launching a furious attack on Valtteri Bottas following the Italian Grand Prix on the weekend.

Russell, a Mercedes-contracted driver racing for Williams, and Silver Arrows star Bottas failed to finish after crashing on lap 32.

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Russell blamed Bottas for a late movement when he was trying to overtake, accusing the Finn of failing to respect “the speed and the conditions”.

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F1 2021, Emilia Romagna Grand Prix at Imola: Daniel Ricciardo winning on McLaren gamble, Max Verstappen beats Lewis Hamilton

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Max Verstappen has wasted no time in proving Red Bull’s 2021 F1 title credentials, claiming his first Grand Prix win of the year at just the second time of asking.

The Dutchman was less than a second adrift of Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton at Bahrain, but cashed in on an uncharacteristic display from the seven-time world champion at Imola to comfortably win the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix.

Meanwhile, Daniel Ricciardo was thoroughly outdriven by McLaren teammate Lando Norris all weekend, but there’s more than one reason to be optimistic about the Australian’s season.

Here’s five things we learnt from the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix.

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MotoGP 2021: Marc Marquez back from injury, Portimao Grand Prix, Portuguese GP, news, video, result, Jack Miller

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Tearful six-time world champion Marc Marquez said on Sunday his return to MotoGP felt like being back at school with “the older boys who tell you what to do and where to go.”

The 28-year-old Spaniard finished seventh at the Portuguese Grand Prix in his first race since last July when he broke his right arm at Jerez.

Three surgeries and nine months later, Marquez was back, ending the race as the best-placed Honda rider.

“The hardest part were the first laps because I felt out of place,” said Marquez, who saw Fabio Quartararo claim a third win in three for Yamaha this season.

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