John takes fantastic maiden victory at rain-hit Brno
John McPhee wrote history today thanks to his mastery of wet weather performance during the Brno race. Changed weather conditions brought heavy rain showers this morning for which warm up was the first wet session this weekend. During the 20 minutes long session, McPhee underlined already his ambitions for today’s Brno race by setting the fastest lap time.
The Scotsman got a great start too, leaving the line in an excellent way to settle within the leading already in turn one. It was quickly clearly to see that only World Championship leader Brad Binder and him were the men to beat today.
John rode very cleverly to follow Binder till the South African rider crashed out of the race, though John continued to push hard to open a vast gap to the following riders. He also managed well to avoid a crash during a risky situation with three laps to go.
Today’s Czech Grand Prix marks a historical event now as the Peugeot brand celebrated its last victory in motorcycle racing back in 1923 on August 9th and John McPhee is the first Scottish rider to win in grand prix racing since 1962.
After two successive busy weekends which marked the start into the second part of the season, the Moto3 world series to take a short break now before return to action at the British Grand Prix early in September. So the next race become the biggest event of the year for today’s race winner John McPhee.
#17 John McPHEE – Winner (World Championship position 15th, 45 points):
“I still hardly can explain my emotions, it’s the very best feeling in the world. Honestly speaking, it’s so strange because last evening I went for shower and I was imaging to be on the podium today. I know this sounds really bad. Anyway, I had a great feeling during the race and I’m really very happy. Today it was kind of hard and the question before it was what is the strategy for the race today because we already had a good one during yesterday’s qualifying in dry conditions. We made a good starting position. But under rain conditions it’s so difficult to make a plan because you don’t know what anybody it going to do and you also don’t know what kind of rhythm you might be able to race. However, this morning’s warm up session gave me confidence of course and I knew I had to be somewhere in the front four or five riders. When I saw Brad (Binder) had a good rhythm I said myself that is a good chance to race at the front. I felt comfortable and if I could follow him till the last laps and try to make a move. So this was the plan. Unfortunate for Brad that he had a crash. But till then he was riding very well but suddenly I was in the lead. So from this moment I tried to stay calm and try to keep a good rhythm. I also was looking at my pit board to see the gap to the riders behind me but my screen steamed up inside. So couldn’t see the gap which was my crew showing me. I just saw a one and a two but I didn’t know if this means 1.2 or even twelfth seconds. So for this reason I keep pushing and pushing. With three laps to the line I had a big moment. At this point at I looked back over my shoulder and I couldn’t see anyone following me so I started to realize that I had a proper gap to the others. The next view on my pit board did confirm this and I understood that we could win this race. The last laps I stayed calm and brought it home. I’m so happy at all. A big thank you the team, Peugeot and Mahindra, as well to all sponsor. I think, we made them a bit proud today.”
Source: Peugeot MC SAXOPRINT