John McPhee battles his way into the top twenty at Misano
Even points were pretty difficult to score in today’s Moto3 race at the curvy Misano World Circuit, 20th position for John McPhee was a decent outcome after a difficult weekend for the still young and ambitious lion branded project anyway.
John and teammate Albert Arenas left the line in a great way, overtaking other riders and settled quickly in a fast group battling for positions for the entire distance.
Sunny weather with increased temperatures at time of the race provided good conditions to allow the wild Moto3 pack to fight for every centimetre on track. The Peugeot Motocycles SAXOPRINT riders were part of this show to play their role in today’s race.
McPhee had a strong race which saw him fighting with Italian rider Francesco Bagnaia, who arrived in Misano as third in the championship standings thanks to one race win already and a second position last weekend in Great Britain.
The 22-year-old from Oban crossed the line ahead of the Mahindra rider in 20th position finally.
The Moto3 championship again had a busy stage with two successive races but Peugeot Motocycles SAXOPRINT will not rest as they head straight to Spain for a two-day test in Valencia with the next race it two weeks at the MotorLand Aragon circuit.
#17 John McPHEE – 20th (World Championship position 19th, 45 points):
“The San Marino Grand Prix was a difficult weekend overall but it was nice to see that we become a little bit stronger during warm up and also in the race. It was really the same story as we’ve seen in the past if that we had a bad qualifying position it’s such as difficult with this bike to come through. I was riding with some fast guys as Bagnaia, a race winner and one of the strongest Mahindra riders for sure. I felt I can fight with him. However, again it proves that our bike doesn’t really work at this track because we all Mahindra and Peugeot riders were fighting together within one group with the points position difficult in reach. Nevertheless, I think we didn’t a too bad job as we managed to find a good speed and I settled in a good rhythm too. For the race we just made very small adjustments to the bike and in doing so we made some steps forward for sure. Again it showed that our chassis is working well but at this track it’s difficult to do the lap time. So for now we need to try and learn to understand from this weekend and look forward to Aragon.”
Source: Peugeot MC SAXOPRINT