John McPhee optimistic with good feelings from opening practices at Aragon
Round 14 of the 2016 season got underway Friday morning under bright skies and pleasant temperatures though some clouds appeared till lunch time but conditions remained dry during both sessions. Teams and riders took benefit from good track conditions in order to start their preparations for the Gran Premio de Aragón which marks the third event out from four on Spanish soil this year.
The Peugeot Motocycles SAXOPRINT pair John McPhee and Albert Arenas showed up in great shape but first both riders struggled to do competitive lap times around the 5.1 kilometres long circuit.
Brno race winner McPhee endured some unfortunate moments on the opening day, including a crash during FP1 this morning, but the experienced rider from Orban in Scotland remained optimistic that he will find himself where he wants to be in the classifications soon again.
Moto3 action is set to continue with Saturday morning’s FP3 before the starting grid will be decided in qualifying at lunch time.
#17 John McPHEE, FP1: P18 – 2´01.275 (13/13) / FP2: P25 – 2´00.944 (7/15):
“Overall, I’m happy to be honest even during both sessions I’ve been a little bit unfortunate to not get a good lap time. But most important, the feeling is good which means that the bike is working well at this track. However, this morning I had a strange crash which means I couldn’t get a lap together and during my last run I was in a big group so these efforts were also useless. But in the afternoon from exit to exit I was able to put in some good laps and I think we can be stronger tomorrow. On paper it looks worse than it is for the moment and I’m confident for the rest of the weekend.”
Source: Peugeot MC SAXOPRINT