John McPhee takes sixth in Moto3 melee at MotorLand Aragon
PETRONAS Sprinta Racing’s John McPhee put in another masterful performance at MotorLand Aragón, to end the frenzied race sixth, after starting 17th on the grid. After serving a long lap penalty, team-mate Khairul Idham Pawi ended the Gran Premio de Teruel 27th.
John had a good start, moving immediately up to 13th and into the top-ten by the beginning of the second lap. The Scot held position towards the front of the leading pack, which contained most of the Moto3 field, until a near-highside on lap 10 dropped him outside of the top-ten. Increasing the pace to move into the top-three, John was unfortunately punted wide on the final lap and crossed the line sixth. He now also sits sixth in the riders’ standings.
There will now be a one-week break for the Moto3 duo, before the final triple-header gets underway with the Gran Premio de Europa (6-8 November) – the first of two back-to-back events at Circuit Ricardo Tormo.
I was really happy to be able to move forward, we knew starting from 17th that it was always going to be difficult. I had a good start, was able to make it towards the front quite quickly. I then had a big moment in the last corner and had to do all the work over again, because I dropped down to around 12th again. To be able to recover to P2 and be in the top-three for the last five laps was really nice. I was a little bit unlucky on the final lap, getting passed aggressively a few times and then pushed wide, which dropped me to P6. I dug deep on the last lap but wasn’t able to recover these positions with only a few corners to go. The good thing is that we were strong all race and had the same pace as the winner. We’ll look to continue this form at the final three races.