John to start penultimate Moto3 race of 2020 from 16th place on the grid
Tricky conditions proved to be the theme of the day for PETRONAS Sprinta Racing at Circuit Ricardo Tormo, with light rain showers affecting the day’s Moto3 sessions. John McPhee will start the Gran Premio de la Comunitat Valenciana from 16th on the grid, with team-mate Khairul Idham Pawi 28th.
Light rain in FP3 prevented John from challenging for a direct to Q2 place, with riders unable to improve upon their times from yesterday. The Scot ended the session ninth with a 1min 39.889secs lap, but stayed 21st overall. Despite tricky Q1 conditions, with light rain falling again, John made it through to Q2, after setting a 1min 39.996secs lap. Despite setting his fastest lap of the weekend – 1min 38.990secs – in Q2, the tight times meant that McPhee ended qualifying 16th.
Tomorrow’s Moto3 action will begin at 9am local time with Warm Up, before the 23-lap race gets underway at 11am local time.
It’s been a strange day with the weather. We had very difficult conditions in Q1 because of the rain coming early, but we were fast enough to go through to Q2. I set my fastest lap of the weekend in Q2, the lap times were extremely close, but the position is not what we wanted. We’ve been working this weekend to try some new things, but we couldn’t make the most of what we found in qualifying. We have some work to do tomorrow as one lap pace around Valencia hasn’t been my strongest point this weekend, but I’ve been very consistent with my lap time so I think we can be strong towards the end of the race tomorrow.