John frustrated as he finishes just outside the points at Assen
The Moto3 class was a bit more lucky this weekend as none of their sessions were affected by the typical Assen weather with steady changeable conditions so it was the only race today in the Netherlands which lasted for the full distance.
But it was nail-biting matter for Peugeot Motocycles SAXOPRINT as both riders had to face with poor starting positions but talented John McPhee managed it well to make up positions through the pack to play his role fighting at the front of the first chasing group.
John climbed up positions through the field to race close with teammate Masbou till Alexis had his accident. McPhee was leading the massive group mostly, tried to pull away but was not able to do so due to the Assen track’s characteristics for which a slipstream is always a help to follow other riders.
This fact didn’t allow John to open a gap and more unfortunately he couldn’t defend his position till the line to come home in 16th position just outside the points. But both John and Alexis reported about a more positive weekend overall, looking forward already to the next race in Germany to receive some upgrades to the Peugeot Moto3 machine there.
The World Championship will take a three weeks breaks before race action returns at the Sachsenring mid of July.
#17 John McPHEE – 16th (World Championship position22nd, 10 points):
“I’m angry because I felt that we should be in the points today, my speed was good and also my feeling was excellent. But I think the main problem came from the qualifying because we started so far back it was difficult in the first laps to get to the front group. But then a gap opened and I was stuck in the second group. I tried for a couple of times to break away but it wasn’t possible at any time. Due to the slipstream the other riders were able to pass me again. However, it was a positive weekend overall as we made a big step forward. Not only in terms of my lap times which were really good but as I said, foremost due to the improved confidence with the bike. We still have a technical issue but we have some new parts coming for the Sachsenring round. In general, things are more positive. If I could finish the race inside the points I’m more happy for sure but anyway it was a good race and a good fight so I’m already looking forward to the Sachsenring race.”
Source: Peugeot MC SAXOPRINT