John McPhee takes 16th in close Motegi qualifying

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Saturday’s qualifying which decided the starting grid for the race took place in sunny conditions likewise all free practice sessions but in slightly warmer temperatures compared to Friday afternoon’s FP2. So perfect track conditions allowed a high pace in general and a hard fought for positions which the close times of the wild Moto3 pack verify.

In Peugeot Motocycles SAXOPRINT’s garage there were pleased faces to see after qualifying mainly in John McPhee who sealed a fifth row start for Sunday’s Round 15 of the season.

The experienced Scottish rider and his crew were working diligently throughout both days of practice to overcome yesterday’s crash and to top the weekend so far with a brave ride during qualifying. But foremost, McPhee is confident to do even better in the race because of his fast and consistent pace, which he was able to work on it this morning.

Time schedule on spot is the common one with no changes for race day but with a significant difference in time for all TV spectators in Europe which sees a seven hours’ advantage to CET.

#17 John McPHEE, Grid position 16th – 1´57.087 (14/15):
“I think we can’t be really satisfied but more or less happy with today’s qualifying performance we were able to show. All lap times are very, very close and to get one clean lap was a little bit down to luck. I mean a fast group and a good slipstream. I felt there was more possible because I feel really good with the bike and I need to say thank you the team because everything is improving step by step as the weekend goes on. We know that we can run the lap times as the fastest guys so I think during tomorrow’s race we will see one big group and hopefully a fun battle.”

Source: Peugeot MC SAXOPRINT