John McPhee pleased with points-scoring outcome of Aragon Grand Prix

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John McPhee – the 22-year-old from Scotland – rode a brave race today at the technically MotorLand Aragón circuit to succeed his race long battle for 13th position.

Weather conditions on race day of the championship’s round 14 were similar to Friday with some clouds appeared later this morning and much less hot temperature than at the time of Saturday’s qualifying. And as it’s usual for a Spanish Grand Prix, already the Moto3 race took place in front of full-packed grandstands around the 5.1 kilometres long track close to Alcaniz.

As the team’s rider John McPhee predicted after qualifying, a good start will be the base to round up this weekend in style with more points to his and the Peugeot Motocycles SAXOPRINT team’s tally. Coming from P16 on the grid, McPhee left the line well and settled quickly in big group battling for 13th position finally.

McPhee was able to take the challenge to fight for positions with the other riders at every time and more important, he could set a consistent fast pace with strong lap times till the end to cross the line just 9.7 seconds off the race winner’s time. He felt very comfortable with the bike throughout the weekend, which allowed him to play his role in today’s race.

South African rider Brad Binder crowned himself today as new Moto3 World Champion after finishing the race in second position.

This weekend’s Gran Premio de Aragón was the last race before the series is set to pack their stuff in flight cargos for the annual triple-header in October with the grand prix in Asia and Australia.

#17 John McPHEE – 13th (World Championship position 19th, 48 points):
“I’m really pleased about this outcome. I felt strong all weekend long and I had really a good feeling with the bike. I knew if we can go with a good group then we had a good chance for some points this weekend. But after qualifying we were a little bit back so the start to the race was going to be really important. I found myself quickly in a group fighting for 13th position and from this point I had a really good race, I felt great with the bike again. Thanks to my crew for working hard and make this happen. We can be happy to be in the points after difficult races in Silverstone and Misano last time. The race itself was really fun, it was really nice because I felt strong and I could pass people almost at every corner. I was able to challenge everyone and even there was a small gap sometimes, I could close it immediately and start fighting again. I think it was the most enjoyable race this season and the most comfortable in respect to the feeling with the bike. Aragón was a positive weekend overall. So again thanks to the team for getting me a good bike and package. I’m definitely looking forward to the remaining races this year.”

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