John ready for raceday in Japan

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PETRONAS Sprinta Racing Moto3 rider John McPhee and teammate Ayumu Sasaki are raring to get going in tomorrow’s Grand Prix of Japan after qualifying in 11th and 17th respectively in today’s wet session at the Twin Ring Motegi.

John went directly into the Q2 session with only two laps of wet experience at Motegi under his belt after a small fall in this morning’s FP3 session, but was able to quickly get up to speed with a 2min 10.397secs lap to finish 1.104secs off pole position. Third fastest in combined practice times in yesterday’s dry conditions, today’s result means that he’ll line up on the fourth row of the grid for the 20-lap race.

Moto3 action concludes tomorrow at the Twin Ring Motegi with the 20-lap Grand Prix of Japan starting at 1200 local time (1100 Malaysian time).

John McPhee
“P11 is OK and I can fight from there in tomorrow’s race even though I was expecting a little more when I saw the conditions. A small crash this morning in FP3 meant that I went into qualifying with only two laps of experience in the rain, and it was difficult to find my rhythm in only 15 minutes. I was able to find a strong pace in a short time, and in the circumstances, it was the best we could do. Now that it’s behind us and we have that extra experience, I feel ready to fight if it rains again tomorrow and we know from yesterday we can be fast in the dry. There’s a couple of small things to improve that more time in FP3 would have helped with, but the extra data from qualifying means I can be quick in all conditions.”