John secures Peugeot MC SAXOPRINT’s first points of 2016 with superb seventh in Argentina
Peugeot MC SAXOPRINT’s John McPhee delivered an incredibly display in tricky conditions to come home in an excellent seventh place at the Terms de Rio Hondo track in Argentina.
Changed weather conditions after overnight rain showers forced teams and riders to start from scratch in order to prepare for the second race of the season in South America yesterday afternoon. Almost the entire grid decided to race with dry settings – likewise both riders in Peugeot MC SAXOPRINT.
On a slowly drying track it was the team’s John McPhee who almost flew through the pack as soon as the lights went out to gain almost twenty positions during the opening lap. Well settled in a big group with fast and talented riders the young Brit rode a hard fought race to cross the line in a fantastic seventh place after demanding 21 laps in pretty much tricky conditions.
The Moto3™ world series will now take no rest as the championship heads straight to Texas for round three at the challenging Circuit of the Americas in just one week.
#17 John McPHEE – 7th (World Championship position13th, 9 points):
“I’m really happy with this race obviously to score the first points of the season and for this new project. It makes me a bit proud. A big thanks to everybody in the team and of course to all people in Peugeot and Mahindra for bringing new parts for this race which developed the bike. It was a big help for sure. But we need to make the next step finding some more acceleration and more speed. But overall we had a good race today. My start was really great but the first lap was even better. I passed so many people to try to get to the front group which worked out perfectly. To be in a really fast group was so important because with this bike you can stay with them easily but it isn’t possible to catch a group riding alone. The conditions were tricky all race long but I managed it well to stay on the bike till the line. I felt comfortable at all, fighting for position but also with these conditions. It makes a lot of fun to know I’m able to fight for positions and from halfway point for the race I was pretty confident that we can make a good result today. I’m happy at all.”
Source: Peugeot MC SAXOPRINT