John happy with day one progress as he gets his 2021 season underway in Qatar
The 2021 Moto3 season kicked off in earnest for PETRONAS Sprinta Racing’s John McPhee and teammate Darryn Binder today at Losail International Circuit, as the pair ended the first day of action at the Qatar GP eighth and 15th respectively.
John started his first FP1 session of the 2021 season with a show of strength, posting top-five times before briefly holding station in the top spot. His quickest lap – 2mins 6.208secs – saw him end the session fifth. With the track conditions improving as the night wore on, John was able to improve his best time to 2mins 5.058secs, which placed him eighth in session and overall.
John will be back on track tomorrow at 1.25pm local time (6.25pm MYT) for Free Practice 3, before Moto3 qualifying gets underway at 5.30pm local time (10.30pm MYT).
I’m happy with the progress made today. The wind was completely different to the test, where we had a headwind down the straight. Now we’ve got a tailwind. It made things a little bit different but I felt really good on the bike. We’ve been working well, getting P5 in the first session and then P8 in the second, plus we were only two tenths off the fastest lap of the day. I think it’s been a successful first couple of sessions and the bike is feeling good for the longer runs, which is a key point for the race with times being as tight as they are. I’m just looking forward to qualifying now.