John ends tough San Marino GP weekend with 13th place finish
PETRONAS Sprinta Racing rider John McPhee ended the Gran Premio di San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini inside the points in 13th today.
John, who started the race 19th, had a poor start and found himself down in 23rd on the second lap. The Scot made steady progress through the field to move into the points – 12th – by the mid-point, and set his sights on closing the gap to the top-ten. Despite encountering an issue with the rear brake in the final ten laps, John was still able to cross the line 13th. Increasing his world championship points to 56, John is 16th in the riders’ standings.
Next up is the first ‘overseas’ round of the year since the Doha GP: the Grand Prix of the Americas (1-3 October).
It was a tough race today and the pace at the front was really fast. I felt quite good on the bike and was able to have a decent rhythm, but the biggest issue was making my way past the other guys. When I was able to get to the front of my group, I was closing the gap to those ahead. Lap-by-lap I was getting there, but then ten laps before the end I had a moment and the rear brake broke. It wasn’t enough to make me retire, but it made it a tricky finish to the race. It was good to still score some points and we’ve learned a lot from this. I’m looking forward to getting to Texas, but I’m also looking forward to being back here in a few weeks.