P16 start at Phillip Island for John in the #AustralianGP
The position from which John will start tomorrow when he lines up on the grid at Phillip Island does not do justice to the good work done together with his team in these two days. In fact, after the high side yesterday, following which John suffered several bruises, in free practice 3 he failed to fall into the top 14, So he had to take part in qualifying 1.
During qualifying 1, John lowered his best lap of the weekend and with a time of 1’37.041 he got the first position. In qualifying 2 he brought his time in Q1 closer, but it was not enough to gain a good position on the grid. Tomorrow he will start from the 16th position.
JOHN MCPHEE :
“In the end, it is good to salvage something to go fastest in Q1. It is the first time this year I have been in Q1. Honestly speaking I am really disappointed this morning. For me it was embarrassing to be this slow and I don’t understand how. I missed a lot the feeling from the bike. It is frustrating, because I feel like I need something to improve to go faster. We changed a lot the bike for Q2, and we made a step, but it was not enough to be able to fight for the top positions. We need to keep working. P16 is nothing to smile about, but ok. We come s little bit in the correct direction, which is a positive point. Of course the race will be difficult tomorrow, but I will push 100% and try to be there.”