John takes an excellent sixth in rain-hit German GP
Teams and riders had again to deal with changed weather conditions at the Sachsenring as it started to rain early morning. Fortunately, the weather remained stable for the entire day so they could take benefit from the warm up preparing for a wet race. This session was the first full wet session this weekend. Peugeot Motocycles SAXOPRINT adapt well to the rainy weather in Germany.
Scottish rider McPhee, who qualified for eight spot on the grid yesterday in the dry, left the line in a great way to fight for a podium position early on. It took just three laps to snatch riders in front of him to race in third position for a while.
But conditions changed throughout the race with less rain and sometimes more rain steadily so McPhee endured grip issues from halfway point. But the clever 22-year-old managed it perfectly to adapt his riding style to the changed situation and recovered positions till the line again.
McPhee’s sixth place gave all people in Peugeot Motocycles SAXOPRINT, all sponsors and partners a big relieve and something more to cheer about after this pleasant weekend. For McPhee himself it’s a birthday gift too after he turned 22 last Thursday.
The World Championship to head into the well-earned summer break now and will return to action in four weeks for the Austrian Grand Prix in Styria, a new entry to the series calendar.
#17 John McPHEE – 6th (World Championship position21st, 20 points):
“Obviously I’m happy. It’s really nice to have a strong weekend in the whole and even more to round up it with the best result of the season thus far. It’s such a good feeling because all weekend rather in dry or wet conditions I felt so happy with the bike and the race it was the first time on a full wet track today. I’ve to thank you to the guys in the team and also to Mahindra and Peugeot for working so hard with me and bring a good package. After a strong start I wanted to fight more for the podium but from the middle of the race I got a massive problem with the rear grip. So this took a while to understand the situation but I tried to change the balance of the bike with my riding which I managed well finally. During the last laps I managed to come back and make some positions. So I think for now we can be happy. We need to go into the summer break, train hard and focus for the second half of the season.”
Source: Peugeot MC SAXOPRINT