Early crash hampers John’s qualifying hopes on home soil
Saturday at the legendary Silvestone Circuit got underway in promising style for Peugeot Motocycles SAXOPRINT when 22-year-old John McPhee finished the third and final free practice in a strong seventh position. The session took place in dry, but relatively cool conditions. Till the start of the qualifying at lunch time, rain showers changed the track’s conditions massively.
However, McPhee showed some strong wet weather performances already earlier this season, last time with his stunning debut victory in the rain soaked Brno race, so expectations were high for this afternoon. But the ambitious rider from Oban in Scotland suffered grip issues on the wet track and he also had to report a harmless crash to his crew.
But the team did a perfect job once again which allowed McPhee to tackle the difficult conditions again and during his last exit, he proved his skills for riding in the rain too as he was able to improve his lap time in the very last minute.
Time schedule for race day at this year’s edition of the British Grand Prix is quite different to the common one which sees starting time for the Moto3 race just at 1:30 pm CET. Teams and riders to face a demanding distance about 17 laps with still uncertain weather forecasts.
#17 John McPHEE, Grid position 17th – 2´35.336 (11/11):
“Well, what could I say – not the best qualifying, for sure. We could see already in the last race that I’m normally fast in these conditions so I was hoping for a good performance this afternoon. But for some reasons I struggled for grip from the bike. This track offers much less grip compared to Brno last time out so I lost grip from the front tyre. I’m sorry too because I had a small crash but my guys in the garage did a great job to get the biked fixed very quickly and to go out again. Unfortunately, we had no time to make some changes or to try something different. So it was all up to me. Towards the end of the session I tried to find a better rhythm and make more or less everything perfect from my side. I think, I was the only one to go faster when the rain becomes more at this moment. So this was the best I could make but the positive thing is that I was very fast in FP3 in dry conditions. So this means it doesn’t matter how the weather will be. If it’s dry or wet tomorrow, I think we can do a good job anyway.”
Source: Peugeot MC SAXOPRINT