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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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Supercars 2021: Full driver line-up, every team, news, Bathurst,

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Confirmation of Garry Jacobson’s signing at Team Sydney means the 2021 Repco Supercars Championship grid is complete.

Jacobson fills the vacancy alongside Fabian Coulthard, who has moved from Dick Johnson Racing.

Team Sydney enters 2021 as one of three teams with an all-new driver line-up, alongside DJR and Erebus Motorsport.

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Triple Eight Race Engineering, Walkinshaw Andretti United, Brad Jones Racing and Team 18 will all field unchanged line-ups.

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F1 news 2021, Monaco Grand Prix, cancelled, Canada, Azerbaijan, reports, race calendar, latest

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Monaco Grand Prix organisers have insisted that the iconic Formula One race will go ahead this season, despite whispers that it would suffer a second cancellation in as many years.

Like the Australian Grand Prix last year, the Monaco edition was shelved due to COVID-19 as F1 decided to focus on ready-built circuits to fill the makeshift calendar, rather than temporary street circuits.

And with the Aus GP now being shifted from its traditional home as the season curtain raiser to a new November date, Monaco has now come under the spotlight.

A Dutch newspaper has claimed that Monaco, along with Azerbaijan and Canada, is in danger of being removed from the 2021 calendar as F1 again panics over the street races and the time it takes to build infrastructure for those events given the ongoing COVID pandemic.

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Supercars 2021: Bathurst 1000, Nick Percat opens up on career, Brad Jones Racing, news

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In the early years of his career, Nick Percat went from winning Bathurst on his first attempt in 2011 – the first rookie in 30 years to do so – to winning the Australian Formula Ford championship and breaking Steven Richards’ record for most race wins.

It hasn’t all been smooth sailing since then, with the veteran facing a turbulent journey with mixed results.

Talking to FoxSports.com.au, the 32-year-old opens up on the decision to re-sign with Brad Jones Racing, what the future of Supercars could look like, and that disqualification from the 2020 Bathurst 1000.

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Do you think that signing on for another two years took a lot of pressure off you throughout the season, and let you just focus on the racing? How important was that for you?

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