John McPhee aiming for race points in Aragon
Saturday’s 40-minutes long qualifying practice was held in much hotter conditions in comparison to yesterday’s FP2 in the early afternoon. The timed session proved again to be somewhat of a gamble as it was to see many times at the long, fast and flowing circuit that riders were looking for a slipstream or a fast rear at least. Therefore, the long and slightly downhill back straight was a pretty crowded place.
Well aware about that fact, John McPhee and his crew lead by Mark Keen were working hard to find the best strategy for a time attack but the ambitious Scottish rider wasn’t lucky enough to set a fast lap time in order to qualify more towards the front.
However, McPhee isn’t too worried about his 17th spot for tomorrow’s grid as the experienced rider knows exactly what he and his Peugeot Moto3 machine are capable of, which means with a good start and fighting through the pack during the opening laps, everything is possible.
Time schedule for this race day is the normal one again, which sees the race start for the Moto3™ Gran Premio de Aragón at 11:00 am with a 20 laps distance.
#17 John McPHEE, Grid position 16th – 1´59.189 (9/12):
“Overall, I think we can be really happy with this qualifying because as we’ve seen this session was like a poker. Everyone was taking a gamble, trying to follow someone. From my side I must admit that I’m really happy with the chassis how it’s working all weekend as we did more or less no changes to the bike. So for the qualifying my main plan was to catch a good track position and a slipstream. For this I worked really well with my crew chief and the guys in the garage to find a good strategy. In the end we qualified as second fastest Mahindra and really close to the top guys at the front. I think, if we will be able to fight for positions inside the points, we can be satisfied with the overall job this weekend. But leave Aragón with points is the clearly target for sure. I’ll give my all for it.”
Source: Peugeot MC SAXOPRINT