Disappointing finish to #AlgarveGP weekend with DNF for John
It proved to be a difficult day at the office for PETRONAS Sprinta Racing, when a crash for John McPhee brought his Moto3 race to an early end.
John entered the first corner third, having started the race from second, and dropped to seventh in the opening laps, but was able to stay with the lead group for a time. However, a gap started to form and in the process of pushing hard to close the leading riders down the Scot lost the front end going into Turn 13.
This unfortunately brought his race to an early end on the fifth lap. With 72 championship points, John sits 14th in the riders’ standings.
DNF (+17 laps)
It was a disappointing way to finish a strong weekend. I’ve felt good every day and I was fast in the race, with a really good pace. I want to say sorry to the team for the crash, as it was my mistake and I had to ride above my limit. We were suffering in a straight line and we were losing too much time, it was really tough and I had to go over the limit to compensate. It’s disappointing but the speed was there, we had a good pace and we’ll keep our heads up as we go to Valencia. We know that we’re fast, we just need a little more when we’re in the group to be able to fight in the long straights and I’m looking forward to Valencia. Hats off to Pedro [Acosta]; to be a rookie and perform the way he has is impressive, so congratulations.