John concludes positive pre-season test at Qatar
With the final test of the 2019 preseason now in the bag, PETRONAS Sprinta Racing are ready for the opening round of the Moto3 World Championship after an intense period of preparation. Both riders and their technical staff have found good base settings for their Moto3 machines, giving them plenty of reason for optimism ahead of the new campaign. John McPhee ended the Qatar test tonight in 6th place with his teammate Ayumu Sasaki in 15th.
After a period of adaptation to the Honda, John McPhee and his team are now feeling satisfied with the package they have worked so hard to find. The Scotsman has been consistent throughout the three days in Qatar, setting strong lap times riding alone. The PETRONAS Sprinta Racing rider clocked his best lap of the Qatar test tonight with a 2’05.899 during the second session.
With preseason now complete, PETRONAS Sprinta Racing are looking forward to the start of the new season, with the GP of Qatar due to get underway with the opening free practice sessions on Friday 8th March.
#17 John McPhee
“We have had three very productive days here in Qatar. We already had a good base set-up for the bike after the Jerez test but we have kept working as a team to improve the feeling even more. I am very happy with how the team is working, they have all been fantastic and step by step we have improved the lap time and our race pace. These three days we mainly focused on race pace and race setting and I feel very comfortable and consistent over a long run. We treated the second session tonight as more like a qualifying session to see what lap time we could manage and we ended up happy with the lap time because I set it on my own. It is great to finish the last test of preseason like this.”