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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 2021: Daniel Ricciardo Formula 1 social media war, Romain Grosjean crash

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Daniel Ricciardo’s bad blood with Formula 1 executives is raging again after a social media post that left the Aussie driver shaking his head.

The McLaren driver this week hit out at senior figures in Formula 1 over the inhumane glorification of crashes in ongoing promotion of the sport.

The 31-year-old led the contempt directed at Formula 1 following a series of replays being shown of former Haas driver Romain Grosjean during his frightening fireball crash at last year’s Bahrain Grand Prix.

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The former Renault and Red Bull racer was scathing in the aftermath of Grosjean’s crash, saying it was “disgusting” that the live TV broadcast continued to show a loop of replays of the scary incident during the hour-long break before the re-start of the race.

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Formula One 2021: McLaren boss Andreas Seidl talks about Daniel Ricciardo, news, F1, Lando Norris,

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Daniel Ricciardo’s new team principal at McLaren has opened up on the reason the Formula One outfit was so keen to sign the Australian.

After losing Carlos Sainz to Ferrari – a move that somewhat surprised the British-based unit – McLaren took less than a week to unveil Ricciardo in his new orange livery alongside British rising star Lando Norris.

Now McLaren boss Andreas Seidl says the decision to sign the former Renault and Red Bull racer was based on maintaining a competitive driver pairing where each would push the other.

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IndyCar news 2021, Supercars, Scott McLaughlin, Team Penske, Bathurst, speeds, schedule, Alabama Grand Prix, where to watch Australia

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Supercars champion Scott McLaughlin has outlined the huge differences between his former career in Australia and his current one in America with the IndyCars series.

The Kiwi left Supercars a three-time champion before heading to IndyCar with Team Penske, who part-owned the Dick Johnson Racing team he drove for in the championship.

McLaughlin is in pre-season training for the upcoming IndyCar season, which starts with the Grand Prix of Alabama on April 18th, and revealed the main challenges with adapting from a closed-wheel race car, to an open wheeler – including the near 100kmph increase in speeds.

“It’s completely 180, it’s so different,” McLaughlin told Fox Sports News.

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