John unable to find good qualifying time in Argentina
John McPhee was unable to find a proper slipstream to go faster at the fast and flowing circuit in Termas de Rio Hondo.
In comparison to the previous days, weather conditions were more ambient today thanks to slightly cooler temperatures. Overall conditions improved during day two of practice as teams and riders found a much better grip level on track.
Both riders in Peugeot MC SAXOPRINT, Alexis Masbou and John McPhee, made steady progress throughout the day but they missed a bit of luck in their time attack during qualifying practice. Frenchman Masbou was talking about traffic issues and no perfect lap by himself while the young Scot John McPhee struggled with the characteristics of the South American track.
Peugeot and Mahindra respectively brought development parts for this weekend though the bike still misses competitiveness in order to match their competitors, but all technicians and engineers involved in this project pushing hard in the workshop, which gives confidence to the team to receive the next step in terms of technical updates soon.
The race will start at 6:00 pm CET. The race distance is 21 laps.
#17 John McPHEE, Grid position 28th – 1´51.729 (3/14):
“A difficult day for us even though we improved the lap times as well as the bike’s setting a little bit. But in the end it’s really difficult to make a decent lap time with this bike because we need to have a proper slipstream to do something good. All Mahindra and Peugeot bikes respectively are close together but we know we need to improve to be even more competitive. The engineers in Mahindra and in Peugeot are pushing hard to solve this problem. I hope we can do further steps tomorrow.”
Source: Peugeot MC SAXOPRINT