John looks to Valencia fightback after qualifying thirteenth

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PETRONAS Sprinta Racing Moto3 rider John McPhee and his teammate Ayumu Sasaki have work to do in tomorrow’s Gran Premio de la Comunitat Valenciana, after today’s qualifying session left them set to line up in 13th and 23rd respectively for the 23-lap race at the Circuit Ricardo Tormo. But, with close lap times around the 4.0km circuit, the pair will be hoping to see out the 2019 season in style when the lights go out tomorrow morning.

John looked set to have a strong qualifying after a fast performance in this morning’s FP3, ending that session in fifth and showing his great consistency on used tyres. Just losing out on a tow during his time attack attempt in Q2 (after progressing directly to the second session), he ended the day with a lap time of 1min 39.706secs, 1.023secs from pole position. Still able to clinch third in the World Championship, he knows he needs to be on the podium to make that happen.

The 2019 Moto3 World Championship concludes tomorrow at the Gran Premio de la Comunitat Valenciana, with the 23-lap race getting underway at 1100 local time (1800 Malaysian time).

John McPhee
“Qualifying wasn’t what we were aiming for, but it was a very strange session with a big change in conditions from FP3 to Q2 as the track warmed up. My qualifying lap was the fastest of the weekend so far, but I ended up completely alone and wasn’t able to benefit from the slipstream. But focusing on the positives, I’ve got good race pace and I think we can be really strong tomorrow. With all the lap times so close it’ll be a normal Moto3 group battle, so we need to ensure that we can be strong on overtaking and in managing our lap time towards the end of the race.”