John braced for Le Mans fightback through tight Moto3 pack

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John McPhee lacked some luck to find a strong grid position in Qualifying today, and will start from the 25th spot on the grid for tomorrow’s round five at the legendary Bugatti Circuit.

The weather in France this weekend remained stable with two dry sessions again for the lower grand prix category today in Le Mans.

Numerous spectators on spot as well in front of a TV screen saw such a close competition for grid positions today at lunch time with no less than 25 rider separated by just one second.

John set a strong lap time but the young Scotsman couldn’t better qualify than in P25 in this tight and hard fought session though he’s confident about his race pace but nonetheless faces a big task for tomorrow with 24 hot riders in front of him.

But as already shown, McPhee is an excellent starter and it’s a long way till the first corner in Le Mans.

Starting time for the Moto3™ Grand Prix de France is scheduled for Sunday 11:00 am with a challenging 24 laps distance at the 4.2 kilometres historic track.

#17 John McPHEE, Grid position 25th – 1´43.767 (11/14):
“Well, lap time wise we can be happy more or less because we were not that far away from the front with just one second covering more than 25 riders. It’s the closest ever gap for us this season. So for the speed we can be happy too but the trouble will be to have all this 24 riders in front of us. For sure it’s going to be a tough race to comeback from down the grid. For this reason, we need to find something on the breaking in order to be able for easier passing during the race, which is for the moment our biggest issue. However, everything is so tight, so there is something on the table for us tomorrow.”

Source: Peugeot MC SAXOPRINT